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Seahawks keep starters on sidelines, defeat Chargers 27-0 in final preseason game

Aug. 28, 2021 Updated Sat., Aug. 28, 2021 at 10:06 p.m.

Seattle Seahawks running back Alex Collins, right, scores a touchdown in front of Los Angeles Chargers safety Alohi Gilman (32) during the first half of an NFL football preseason game Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021, in Seattle.  (Associated Press)
Seattle Seahawks running back Alex Collins, right, scores a touchdown in front of Los Angeles Chargers safety Alohi Gilman (32) during the first half of an NFL football preseason game Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021, in Seattle. (Associated Press)
Tim Booth Associated Press

Marquise Blair returned a fumble 17 yards for a touchdown, Alex Collins made a strong bid to be included in Seattle’s running back rotation, and the Seahawks closed out the preseason Saturday night with a 27-0 win over the Los Angeles Chargers.

Both teams played primarily their backups, but it was Seattle’s groups of reserves that made the stronger statement after getting blown out in its first two preseason games.

Blair snatched the fumble out of midair after Cody Barton sacked Chargers quarterback Chase Daniel and walked into the end zone on the opening possession for Seattle’s first touchdown of the preseason.

Collins added a 5-yard touchdown run later in the first quarter. Collins finished with 37 yards on 10 carries and had seven receptions for 52 yards. While Seattle seems set with Chris Carson and Rashaad Penny as its primary running backs, depth has been a concern in recent seasons due to injuries for the pair and keeping Collins around seems wise.

Sean Mannion added a 2-yard touchdown pass to Darece Roberson Jr. in the fourth quarter for Seattle. Mannion went 13 of 15 passing and seems a likely practice squad addition for Seattle.

While most of the Chargers positions are set, both Daniel and Easton Stick were making their final cases to be the backup quarterback behind Justin Herbert. Daniel played just the first half, going 9 of 12 for 70 yards and was sacked twice.

Stick played sparingly in the first half but took all the snaps in the second half. He was 10 of 17 for 76 yards and was sacked three times.

But it was a largely uninspired effort from the Chargers on the offensive side. Los Angeles crossed midfield just two times and backup kicker Tristan Vizcaino missed a 47-yard field goal attempt the only time the Chargers moved inside the Seattle 30.

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