Taking one last stab at what the Seahawks' initial 53-man roster could look like after the team played its final preseason game Thursday night against Oakland.
So, tough decision time comes now for the Seahawks, who along with every other NFL team has to pare their roster to 53 by 1 p.m. Saturday (Seattle time).
Some teams announce some cuts as they go. The Seahawks aren’t expected to do that — they could, but the expectation is they’ll wait until they are all done.
Also, don’t be surprised if the Seahawks make some moves to add some outside players (it was in the last week of the preseason or so the last two years when Seattle added Marcus Burley and Kelcie McCray).
So there could be lots of activity that makes the below list look silly in the end.
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But for now this is how I see it.
KEEP: Russell Wilson, Trevone Boykin.
CUT: Jake Heaps.
COMMENT: Trevone Boykin only muddied the waters with a shaky performance against the Raiders, and I would not be surprised to see the Seahawks take a hard look at QBs who may become available. But until they do that we have to go with who they have on the roster and stick with Boykin as the backup.
KEEP: Thomas Rawls, Christine Michael, C.J. Prosise, Will Tukuafu, Alex Collins.
CUT: Troymaine Pope, Tani Tupou.
COMMENT: The big story of camp at this spot remains how well Rawls recovered and how well Michael played. And for now I am sticking with Collins as the fifth running back. Pope is intriguing but the team may feel there’s a better chance of getting him through to the practice squad.
KEEP: Doug Baldwin, Tyler Lockett, Jermaine Kearse, Paul Richardson, Tanner McEvoy.
CUT: Kenny Lawler, Kasen Williams, Douglas McNeil, Antwan Goodley, E.Z. Nwachukwu.
COMMENT: What once seemed a taut battle for the final receiver spot or two has sort of stumbled to the gate due to injuries and underwhelming performance (Boykin’s struggles obviously didn’t help against the Raiders). For now, I’m sticking with McEvoy as the fifth receiver on the assumption his injury doesn’t linger — his greatest value at the moment is the versatility to also help out at tight end, if needed. But I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Seahawks bring in some outside players to look at at this spot.
KEEP: Jimmy Graham, Luke Willson, Nick Vannett, Brandon Williams.
CUT: Joe Sommers, Clayton Echard.
COMMENT: It sounds like there’s a chance now Graham may be ready week one — coach Pete Carroll hasn’t ruled that out. Vannett, though, may still be out a few weeks and the Seahawks will want the depth at this spot to keep four around for now.
KEEP: Garry Gilliam, Mark Glowinski, Justin Britt, Germain Ifedi, J’Marcus Webb, Rees Odhiambo, Bradley Sowell, Joey Hunt, Will Pericak.
CUT: Terry Poole, Jahri Evans, George Fant.
COMMENT: I know there’s a lot of talk about how Webb played against the Raiders. But I still think they will want a third tackle who has played before rather than going with untested Terry Poole or George Fant right out of the gate. Pericak was used as the number three center against the Raiders and that versatility I think may get him on the roster.
KEEP: Michael Bennett, Cliff Avril, Frank Clark, Quinton Jefferson, Jarran Reed, Ahtyba Rubin, Jordan Hill, Tony McDaniel, Cassius Marsh.
CUT: Justin Hamilton, Tylor Harris, Ryan Robinson, Brandin Bryant.
COMMENT: A real wildcard thing to watch here may be Jordan Hill, who after missing most of camp due to an injury again has a hamstring issue. If the team decides they need someone more reliable a move could be made there — maybe Bryant, who had maybe his best game against the Raiders, sneaks on the roster, or Hamilton.
KEEP: Bobby Wagner, K.J. Wright, Mike Morgan, Brock Coyle, Kache Palacio, Eric Pinkins.
CUT: Kevin Pierre-Louis, Steve Longa.
COMMENT: Eric Pinkins had one of his better games against the Raiders with some big plays late and that may be enough to assure him a spot. And for now I’m making a switch, going with Palacio ahead of Pierre-Louis as the backup weakside linebacker. Palacio has also been used in the middle so he’d be a versatile presence who could also play on special teams. Pierre-Louis hasn’t seemed to make much of an impact in the preseason.
KEEP: Richard Sherman, Jeremy Lane, Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor, Deshawn Shead, Tharold Simon, Kelcie McCray, Marcus Burley, Tyvis Powell, Steven Terrell.
CUT: DeAndre Elliott, Tye Smith, Keenan Lambert.
COMMENT: Lambert had some nice moments against the Raiders abut seems likely to hang around on the practice squad, at the least. But I think the team will be worried about losing Powell and will want Terrell’s versatility. Simon struggled at times in the preseason but so did Smith and Elliott suffered an ankle injury against the Raiders that clouds his issue. I still think Burley makes it as the backup nickel.
KEEP: Steven Hauschka, Jon Ryan, Nolan Frese.
COMMENT: Frese had a nice game against the Raiders a day after Carroll gave him a vote of confidence while also revealing he had been dealing with an injury. So that may be enough to quiet any idea that they’ll look outside for another snapper.