With training camp beginning Friday, here’s my first crack at guessing the final 53-man roster. And for simplicity’s sake, I’m listing players at their primary position, such as Bruce Irvin at linebacker though he obviously also plays rush end.

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With training camp beginning Friday, here’s my first crack at guessing the final 53-man roster. And for simplicity’s sake, I’m listing players at their primary position, such as Bruce Irvin at linebacker though he obviously also plays rush end.

Roster projections:

 

QUARTERBACKS

KEEP: Russell Wilson, Tarvaris Jackson.

CUT: R.J. Archer.

COMMENT: Expect the Seahawks to go with the same QB duo as the last two years. Archer would be an obvious candidate to keep on the practice squad.


RUNNING BACKS

KEEP: Marshawn Lynch, Robert Turbin, Christine Michael, Derrick Coleman, Will Tukuafu.

CUT: Thomas Rawls, Brandon Cottom, Rod Smith.

COMMENT: Seahawks kept four running backs out of camp this year, but could be compelled to keep five this season with Tukuafu able to also help out on the defensive line, and also in some H-back, blocking tight end roles. The big intrigue will be if Michael can hold off some of the younger UDFAs who have impressed so far, specifically Rawls. Rawls would be an obvious practice squad candidate if he doesn’t make the final 53.


RECEIVERS

KEEP: Doug Baldwin, Jermaine Kearse, Chris Matthews, Tyler Lockett, Paul Richardson, Ricardo Lockette.

CUT: Kevin Norwood, Douglas McNeil, Kevin Smith, Kasen Williams, B.J. Daniels, Deshon Foxx.

COMMENT: Seahawks kept seven out of camp last year, and could be compelled to do so again. For now, we are going with six, due in part to keeping five running backs, which has us going with Lockette instead of Norwood. Richardson’s health, though, could be an X factor — if he’s not ready for the start of the season that could ease the immediate logjam some. Many of those cut would be intriguing practice squad candidates.

TIGHT ENDS

KEEP: Jimmy Graham, Luke Willson, Cooper Helfet.

CUT: Anthony McCoy, RaShaun Allen.

COMMENT: Seahawks kept three out of camp last season and if they do so again, they’ll have a tough decision on who to release. McCoy looked healthy in the spring and figures to battle Helfet for the last spot. But Helfet is younger and cheaper (a cap hit of $510,000 compared to $735,000) which could make all the difference in a year when every dollar could matter for the Seahawks.


 

OFFENSIVE LINE

KEEP: Russell Okung, Justin Britt, Alvin Bailey, J.R. Sweezy, Lemuel Jeanpierre, Garry Gilliam, Patrick Lewis, Drew Nowak, Mark Glowinski.

CUT: Terry Poole, Keavon Milton, Kona Schwenke, Kristjan Sokoli, Will Pericak, Jesse Davis.

COMMENT: A case could be made that only four OLs are sure things to make the roster — starting tackles Okung and Britt and starting guards Bailey and Sweezy. Everything else could be up for grabs, though Jeanpierre, the starter at center as the spring ended, would also seem to be in good shape. But the backup spots appear to be a free-for-all with mostly young players battling each other. Lewis and Nowak will also battle for the center spot and can each play guard, and Glowinski could also factor in as a swing player. Davis is an intriguing tackle candidate, and Poole and Sokoli would certainly be practice squad candidates if they don’t make the final 53.


 

 

DEFENSIVE TACKLES

KEEP: Tony McDaniel, Brandon Mebane, Ahtyba Rubin, Jordan Hill. CUT: Jesse Williams, T.Y. McGill, Jimmy Staten, D’Anthony Smith.

COMMENT: Smith, in particular, figures to make decisions tough, as could Williams if he is healthy. McGill could be a darkhorse UDFA candidate to make a real run at a roster spot.

 


 

DEFENSIVE ENDS

KEEP: Michael Bennett, Cliff Avril, Frank Clark, Cassius Marsh, Greg Scruggs, Demarcus Dobbs.

CUT: Obum Gwacham, David King, Julius Warmsley.

COMMENT: Now-veteran players such as Scruggs and Dobbs could hold off rookie Gwacham, who may need some practice squad seasoning, for one of the final spots. Bennett, Clark and Scruggs also figure to play some tackle in passing downs.

 


 

LINEBACKERS

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

CUT: Tyrell Adams, Eric Pinkins, Alex Singleton, Quayshawn Nealy.

COMMENT: Pinkins is an intriguing one to watch as he makes the move to strongside linebacker. Morgan and Coyle could be tested to hang on to spots by some of the free agents.

 


 

DEFENSIVE BACKS

KEEP: Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor, Cary Williams, Will Blackmon, DeShawn Shead, Marcus Burley, Tharold Simon, Dion Bailey.

CUT: Steven Terrell, Tye Smith, Triston Wade, Keenan Lambert, Ronald Martin, Ryan Murphy.

COMMENT: Expect Jeremy Lane to begin the year on the PUP list. Seahawks will have some tough decisions to make at cornerback — I have them keeping five with just four safeties, with Shead able to play both spots adding some versatility. But if there really are concerns about Thomas’ health, Seattle could be forced to keep another safety, with Terrell maybe having the lead.

 


 

SPECIALISTS

KEEP: Steven Hauschka, Jon Ryan, Clint Gresham.

CUT: Nate Boyer.

COMMENT: Boyer is one of the great feel-good stories of camp. But Gresham will be tough to dislodge as the long snapper. Ryan and Hauschka once again have no training camp competition.