Seahawks-Bears Preseason Primer

Saturday will be the third game between the Bears and Seahawks in the preseason, with the teams splitting the previous two contests. The Bears won their first preseason meeting, 27-16, in Spokane, Washington in 1976. Seattle beat the Bears, 16-7 at the Kingdome in Seattle in 1978.

Notable Newcomers

Chicago
Marty Booker, WR (Dolphins)
Brandon Lloyd, WR (Redskins)
Kevin Jones, RB (Lions)

Seattle
Julius Jones, RB (Cowboys)
T.J. Duckett, RB (Lions)
Mike Wahle, G (Panthers)
Olindo Mare, K (Saints)

2008 Draft Class

Chicago
Chris Williams, OT, Vanderbilt (1st round, 14th overall)
Matt Forte, RB, Tulane (2nd round, 44th overall)
Earl Bennett, WR, Vanderbilt (3rd round, 70th overall)
Marcus Harrison, DT, Arkansas (3rd round, 90th overall)
Craig Steltz, S, LSU (4th round, 120th overall)
Zack Bowman, CB, Nebraska (5th round, 142nd overall)
Kellen Davis, TE, Michigan State (5th round, 158th overall)
Ervin Baldwin, DE, Michigan State (7th round, 208th overall)
Chester Adams, G, Georgia (7th round, 222nd overall)
Joey LaRocque, LB, Oregon State (7th round, 243rd overall)
Kirk Barton, OT, Ohio State (7th round, 247th overall)
Marcus Monk, WR, Arkansas (7th round, 248th overall)

Seattle
Lawrence Jackson, DE, USC (1st round, 28th overall)
John Carlson, TE, Notre Dame (2nd round, 38th overall)
Red Bryant, DT, Texas A&M (4th round, 121st overall)
Owen Schmitt, FB, West Virginia (5th round, 163rd overall)
Tyler Schmitt, LS, San Diego State (6th round, 189th overall)
Justin Forsett, RB, California (7th round, 233rd overall)
Brandon Coutu, K, Georgia (7th round, 235th overall)

Hey, Aren't You…?

Seahawks wide receiver Bobby Engram was a 2nd round draft choice (52nd overall) of the Chicago Bears in 1996. Engram spent 5 seasons (1996-2000) in Chicago and ranks 8th on the Bears' all-time receptions list with 246. Engram is out with a shoulder injury.

Five to Watch

Here are a few things to focus on when the Seahawks host the Bears on Saturday night:

Charlie FryeMatt Hasselbeck missed most of this week's practices with a back injury and is unlikely to play in this week's game. Frye saw his first game action in nearly a year last week against Minnesota, and will see a lot more playing time this weekend, possibly as the starter. Frye's development within the offense would allow Seneca Wallace to get on the field as a receiver or punt returner.

Steve Vallos – Vallos has been an NFL center for two weeks, and when his first two games are in the books, he'll have gone up against Pro Bowl defensive tackles Kevin Williams and Tommie Harris. That's not exactly easing into the position. Chris Spencer's back injury may force Vallos into the starting role at the beginning of the season and the Bears' active, blitzing defense will be a good test of his ability to make the line calls necessary to keep the quarterback clean and the offense moving.

Julius Jones – The Seahawks signed Jones to a four-year deal in March that signaled an end to the Shaun Alexander era in Seattle. This will be Jones' first start as a Seahawk, but Jones is no stranger to Qwest Field. In two games at Qwest Field as a Dallas Cowboy, Jones ran for 310 yards and 3 touchdowns against the Seahawks.

Pass Defense – Seattle's first-team defense may have been a tad overeager to face Vikings running back Adrian Peterson last week. As a result, they allowed Tarvaris Jackson to carve them up for 118 yards and a touchdown. This is a unit that will be looking for redemption this weekend against Rex Grossman and Kyle Orton.

Brandon Coutu – The rookie kicker was on kickoff duty last week and consistently placed the ball inside the opponents' 5-yard line. This week, Seahawks special teams coach Bruce DeHaven will see how Coutu handles field goals and extra points against live competition.

Programming Notes

Verne Lundquist is back handling the play-by-play duties for KONG (channel 6/16). Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon provides the analysis. The game will be re-broadcast on the NFL Network at 10am on Sunday, August 17.

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