Most of the game will be devoted to those at the bottom of the depth chart, many hoping to make one last — and they hope, lasting — impression before the Seahawks must cut their roster from 75 players to the regular-season limit of 53 by 1 p.m. Saturday.
RENTON — Seahawks fans will get one last glimpse of their team Thursday night before the regular season begins.
And when it comes to the big-name players, it figures to be a quick one. If the Seahawks hold to what they have done in the past — and coach Pete Carroll indicated they probably will — then regulars such as quarterback Russell Wilson likely will play just a series or so when they face the Oakland Raiders at 7 p.m. at CenturyLink Field.
The rest of the game will be devoted to those at the bottom of the depth chart, many hoping to make one last — and they hope, lasting — impression before the Seahawks must cut their roster from 75 players to the regular-season limit of 53 by 1 p.m. Saturday.
Exhibition, Seahawks vs. Oakland, 7 p.m., CenturyLink Field, Ch.13
Here are some key players to watch:
• Running back Christine Michael. With starter Marshawn Lynch sitting out and backup Robert Turbin sidelined because of a high-ankle sprain, Michael should get the start and extended playing time. His spot on the 53-man roster might not be in question, but there still seems to be uncertainty about his standing with the Seahawks. That only intensified when the Seahawks on Tuesday brought in veteran running back Fred Jackson for a visit.
The 34-year-old Jackson, released earlier in the week by Buffalo, has yet to sign with a team, and the Seahawks could be waiting until after the first week of the regular season — when contracts for veterans don’t have to be guaranteed — to make a decision.
Michael has had an erratic preseason. He has 79 yards and a fumble on 24 carries, but that includes a 29-yard run that is the Seahawks’ longest rush this preseason.
• Defensive tackle Jesse Williams. He is one of the feel-good stories of camp. Williams missed the past two years because of knee injuries and had a cancerous kidney removed in May. He has played 69 snaps in three preseason games, fourth-most of any defensive lineman.
But his spot on the 53-man roster is far from secure, as he generally works with the third-team defense, officially listed behind Ahtyba Rubin and David King at left defensive tackle. The Seahawks are likely to keep no more than five defensive tackles, and Williams could be battling King, Julius Warmlsey and undrafted free agent T.Y. McGill for the final one or two spots.
• Receivers Kasen Williams and Kevin Smith. The former Huskies are two of eight receivers on the roster. Five receiver spots on the 53-man roster seem set — Doug Baldwin, Jermaine Kearse, Tyler Lockett, Ricardo Lockette and Chris Matthews. That means Williams, Smith and converted quarterback B.J.Daniels could be fighting for either a final spot or two, assuming the Seahawks keep more than five. The Seahawks had seven on the initial 53-man roster last year.
Smith has been a standout on special teams throughout the preseason, which could give him a nod over Williams. Daniels, though, could have the edge over both due to his versatility, including being an emergency quarterback. Williams and Smith would seem likely candidates for the 10-man practice squad, which can be formed Sunday.
• Cornerback Mohammed Seisay. The Seahawks traded a 2016 sixth-round draft pick to Detroit for Seisay early in camp, thinking his height (6 feet 2) would make him a particularly good fit for the Seahawks’ scheme. But coaches haven’t gotten to see much of Seisay after he suffered a groin injury in the preseason opener against Denver. He has played just nine snaps in the preseason, all against the Broncos.
Seahawks vs. Oakland, 7 p.m., CenturyLink Field, Ch. 13
He’s healthy and should get plenty of work against an Oakland team that likes to throw — the Raiders’ average of 238.3 passing yards per game is tied for fifth in the NFL in the preseason.
The Seahawks look like they will have some tough decisions for the final one or two cornerback spots behind listed starters Richard Sherman, Cary Williams and nickelback Will Blackmon. DeShawn Shead, who has been primarily a safety, can also play corner, and the Seahawks might keep no more than two from a candidate pool of Seisay, Tharold Simon, Tye Smith and Marcus Burley.
• Offensive linemen Mark Glowinski, Terry Poole and Kristjan Sokoli. Among the offensive linemen taken in this year’s draft, Glowinski appears to have the upper hand on a roster spot. He has settled in as a backup at guard. Poole struggled early but has appeared steadier of late playing tackle. Sokoli, who was a defensive tackle in college, appears more of a project. All should get plenty of snaps against the Raiders.