Through the first five practices he played the X receiver position, also known as split end. On Friday, the Seahawks tried Lawler at the Z, or flanker.

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RENTON — The Seahawks appear to have four sure things at receiver: Doug Baldwin, Jermaine Kearse, Tyler Lockett and Paul Richardson.

They likely will keep at least one or two more on their 53-man roster, with eight other receivers vying for those spots.

A few days ago, coach Pete Carroll said just about any of the eight could make the final cut.

“You can’t tell a difference (among them),’’ Carroll said.

Kenny Lawler on Friday, though, hoped he might have made an impression by showing he can play more than just one receiving spot, which will be a must to make the final roster.

A seventh-round draft pick out of California, Lawler battled nagging injuries in the offseason program that limited his reps during organized team activities and minicamp.

He’s been healthy in training camp, though, and through the first five practices was playing the team’s X receiver position, also known as split end, in which a receiver lines up on the line of scrimmage but typically the farthest from the ball.

On Friday, the Seahawks tried Lawler at the Z, or flanker, in which a receiver lines up wide but off the line.

Lawler said the Z in the Seahawks’ offense “is quite different” from what he had been doing, though he said it’s also similar to what he did at Cal, where he said, “We were only on one side, it was just a straight Z receiver’’ position.

Lawler said he thinks it’s a good fit.

“I made a couple catches at that position, and I’m looking forward to getting some more,’’ he said.

Though Seahawks receivers specialize in one spot — Baldwin as the slot, for instance — they also are required to learn all of the spots, with the ability to play well at more than one a valued commodity.

The Seahawks touted Lawler as having possibly the best hands of anyone in the draft, but they will be watching to see how well he progresses in the other aspects — as well as simply making the plays that come his way.

“You’ve just got to be consistent,’’ said Lawler, who some scouts thought had a habit of dropping a few too many of what should have been easy catches at Cal. “Make the plays, make the catches.”

Lawler also has to show he can handle the physical rigors of the NFL.

Lawler is listed at 6 feet 2 and 203 pounds. But Carroll noted in May that Lawler lost about 15 pounds while preparing for the NFL combine and that the Seahawks would need to “build him up and get him a lot stronger.”

Lawler said he added some weight and strength over the summer and is now “around 190, 195. That’s really where I play at, anyway.’’


• Friday’s practice didn’t have quite the fireworks of the previous days, possibly because it was less physical by design. The Seahawks will scrimmage Sunday, so in preparation they began tapering down a bit on the hitting Friday and will do less Saturday. In other words, there was none of the after-whistle tussling that occurred during most of the practices this week.