Thomas Clayton continues to be the Seahawks’ leading rusher in the preseason, but he’d better not look over his shoulder pads because Josh Portis is gaining on him.
Portis, the rookie free agent quarterback, scrambled four times for 46 yards in the fourth quarter of Saturday night’s home opener against the Vikings. That gave him 53 rushing yards, 34 fewer than Thomas’ team-leading total (87).
Clayton also ranks fourth in the NFC and is tied for ninth in the league. He has produced five first downs, which is tied for 10th in the league.
Tight ends Dominique Byrd and Anthony McCoy and rookie free agent wide receiver Doug Baldwin share the club lead with six receptions, which also ties them for ninth in the league. McCoy also has scored two of the team’s four touchdowns. Baldwin also leads the team in kickoff (27.2) and punt (11.5) return averages.
The Seahawks rank 12th in the league in total offense and are No. 6 in rushing offense. They are 10th in total defense, ninth against the pass and 11th against the run. They’re also tied for second in red-zone defense, having allowed 16 points in five possessions inside their 20-yard line – one TD and three field goals.