Here's a position-by-position review of the Seahawks' initial 53-man roster of the season.

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The Seahawks have set what is their initial 53-man roster for the 2016 regular season after making a flurry of moves today.

The emphasis there is on “initial” because rosters change constantly once the season begins — Seattle had 70 players see time in at least one game last season.

But for today, a roster has been set.

It includes 14 rookies, eight of whom were draft picks and six who are undrafted rookie free agents. And overall, it includes 20 players who were not part of Seattle’s active roster last season including two who became Seahawks on Saturday via trade — safeties L.J. McCray and Dewey McDonald, acquired from Oakland and San Francisco, respectively, for seventh-round picks. The Raiders will get a conditional seventh in 2017 for McDonald and the 49ers a conditional seventh in 2018 for McCray.

Players who were waived now can be claimed by other teams. If they go unclaimed then they can be signed to Seattle’s 10-man practice squad, beginning on Sunday.

Here’s a quick position-by-position look at the roster with a comment.


KEEP: Russell Wilson, Trevone Boykin.

CUT: Jake Heaps.

COMMENT: This ended up going as everyone thought — Boykin the backup to Wilson and Heaps waived. Boykin had a shaky enough end to his preseason that compel Seattle to continue to scour quarterbacks who become available, but for now the Seahawks appear to be riding with him.  Heaps could end up back with the Seahawks on the practice squad.


KEEP: Thomas Rawls, Christine Michael, C.J. Prosise, Alex Collins.

CUT: Troymaine Pope, Tani Tupou, Will Tukuafu.

COMMENT: One mild surprise was the release of Tukuau, which means the team has no fullback on its roster at the moment. But the Seahawks may be able to get by with that at the moment with some of the tight ends and could bring him back later — salaries for veterans are not guaranteed after the first week of the season. Pope, a preseason star, would be an obvious candidate for the practice squad. Collins seemed likely to make it all along despite a few rough preseason games due to his overall potential and status as a fifth-round pick but undoubtedly was helped by a strong final outing against the Raiders on Thursday. Tupou could also end up on the practice squad as the team liked his ability to play both defensive tackle and fullback. He battled a broken bone in his hand much of camp which didn’t help his chances.


KEEP: Doug Baldwin, Tyler Lockett, Jermaine Kearse, Paul Richardson, Tanner McEvoy.

CUT: Kenny Lawler, Kasen Williams, Douglas McNeil, Antwan Goodley, E.Z. Nwachukwu.

COMMENT: This also ended up developing as most projected. Williams appeared in the off-season to be just about a lock but was not healthy throughout camp due to a hamstring injury and played just once. You’d imagine they’ll keep tabs with Williams maybe try to get him back on the practice squad, as well as seventh-round pick Lawler, who may need what would basically be a redshirt year to mature physically McEvoy was on few projections to make the 53-man roster when training camp began but had a good preseason and enhanced his value by showing he may be able to help add to the depth at tight end, which may be needed early in the season. Goodley had a solid camp and could earn a practice squad bid. McNeil was a star of OTAs but was quiet throughout the preseason.


KEEP: Jimmy Graham, Luke Willson, Nick Vannett, Brandon Williams.

CUT: Joe Sommers (waived as injured) Clayton Echard.

COMMENT: Seattle keeps four tight ends for now with just two healthy at the moment — Williams and Willson. Graham appears to be recovering well but it’s still uncertain if he will play week one. And Vannett remains out for another week or two with an ankle sprain. Williams may also be able to help play some H-back/fullback-type roles.


KEEP: Garry Gilliam, Mark Glowinski, Justin Britt, Germain Ifedi, J’Marcus Webb, Rees Odhiambo, Bradley Sowell, Joey Hunt, George Fant.

CUT: Terry Poole (waived as injured), Jahri Evans, Will Pericak.

COMMENT: In a mild surprise, the team decided to keep Fant, an undrafted rookie free agent who was a college basketball standout at Westeren Kentucky before turning to football last season. Before the preseason he said he had never played a live snap at offensive line. He is one of four rookies on the OL along with draft picks Ifedi, Odhiambo and Hunt, the latter who is the backup center. In what was also a mild surprise, the Seahawks released Evans, a 10-year veteran signed in early August. But the fact that he played just right guard likely helped influence the decision to release him when he didn’t beat out Ifedi to start — backups tend to need to play more than one spot. Assuming the starting lineup remains as it has through camp, then Webb is the only backup with any game experience.


KEEP: Michael Bennett, Cliff Avril, Frank Clark, Quinton Jefferson, Jarran Reed, Ahtyba Rubin, Justin Hamilton, Tony McDaniel, Cassius Marsh.

CUT: Jordan Hill (waived as injured), Tylor Harris, Ryan Robinson, Brandin Bryant.

COMMENT: The big news here is the team for now walking away from Hill, who has battled injuries throughout his Seattle career. A third-round pick in 2013, he has played in just 27 of a possible 48 regular-season games and just two of a possible eight playoff games and was injured often during the preseason, suffering a hamstring injury in the finale against the Raiders. That opened the door for Hamilton, a second-year player who was an undrafted rookie free agent last season. The team essentially has five ends in Bennett, Avril, Clark, Jefferson and Marsh and four tackles in Reed,Rubin, McDaniel and Hamilton. Bryant had some nice moments early in camp but Hamilton seemed readier to contribute immediately. He would seem an obvious practice squad candidate.


KEEP: Bobby Wagner, K.J. Wright, Mike Morgan, Brock Coyle, Kevin Pierre-Louis.

CUT: Steve Longa, Eric Pinkins (waived as injured), Kache Palacio

COMMENT: Seattle will likely try to bring Palacio and maybe Longa back to the practice squad. For now, Seattle goes with just five official linebakers though Marsh can play strongside linebacker, as well, and Seattle can also use safeties in linebacker roles, if needed. Some wondered if Pierre-Louis was on the bubble but for now the third-year player is safe.


KEEP: Richard Sherman, Jeremy Lane, Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor, DeShawn Shead, Tharold Simon, Kelcie McCray,  Tyvis Powell, Steven Terrell, De Andre Elliott, Dewey McDonald, L.J. McCray.

CUT:  Tye Smith, Keenan Lambert, Marcus Burley (waived as injured).

COMMENT: So there were a few real surprises here as the Seahawks made trades to get McDonald and McCray, giving them for now seven safeties (though Seattle’s release on the trades listed the two newcomers simply as defensive backs). Each has extensive experience on special teams and on the surface that appears to be what their main initial contribution may be. Those additions give Seattle 12 defensive backs overall — nine or 10 is the more common number — suggesting there could be more movement down the road. For now, two UDFAs make it in Powell — who played both corner and safety in the preseason — and Elliott, the latter one of the bigger surprises to get on the roster. Elliott, though, had clearly moved past Smith, a fifth-round pick last season, on the depth chart the last few weeks of the preseason.


KEEP: Steven Hauschka, Jon Ryan, Nolan Frese.

CUT: None.

COMMENT: Despite a report that the Seahawks had signed snapper Tyler Ott, that move was not made on Saturday and for now Frese is the long snapper.