Here is Bob Condotta's latest projection of the Seahawks' final 53-man roster, updated following the Kansas City preseason game.
We are now two games into the preseason, which makes it time to update our projection for the Seahawks’ final 53-man roster.
As before, I will defer generally to how the Seahawks list the player on their roster in categorizing them. Obviously, many players can fill dual roles.
And to make clear, this is just a projection of the final 53 as I see it today. The team won’t make its first cuts, from 90 players to 75, until after the third preseason game. Specifically, they must be made by Sept.1, though they can be made earlier, after the third preseason game. The cutdown to 53 is Sept. 5, after the fourth preseason game (a 10-man practice squad can be established on Sept.6).
KEEP: Russell Wilson, Tarvaris Jackson.
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CUT: R.J. Archer, Jake Waters.
COMMENT: Jackson is said to be out only a few weeks, and if so then he’ll be the backup this season. The team could keep B.J. Daniels to be an emergency quarterback, as well. Archer has done enough to likely warrant a practice squad spot if the team wants another QB around. Waters could get some action in one of the final two games — specifically game four — and it’s too early yet to know if he can make a run at supplanting Archer in any way.
KEEP: Marshawn Lynch, Robert Turbin, Christine Michael, Derrick Coleman, Will Tukuafu.
CUT: Thomas Rawls, Brandon Cottom, Rod Smith.
COMMENT: I’m still not making any changes here. While Michael has yet to have a big preseason game and has had a few shaky moments, I don’t think anyone has done anything yet to supplant him. Coleman and Tukuafu were back healthy and the numbers one and two fullbacks. Tukuafu could serve a utility role, as well, playing some H-back type stuff to help out with blocking on the edge — tight end-type blocking, basically. But there’s no question that the depth at other spots could have the team deciding to go with just four running backs, as it did last season.
KEEP: Doug Baldwin, Jermaine Kearse, Chris Matthews, Tyler Lockett, Ricardo Lockette, B.J.Daniels.
CUT: Kevin Norwood, Kevin Smith, Kasen Williams.
PUP LIST: Paul Richardson.
COMMENT: The one change here is moving Daniels onto the list. His two drops (one clearly on him, the other a not-perfect pass but a play that could have been made) didn’t help. But his versatility as the backup returner and a potential No. 3 QB could come in handy, particularly early in the season given Jackson’s injury and that Richardson seems unlikely to be available. Smith may be the closest of the other three to a roster spot but could be kept on the practice squad. Williams had a lot of momentum prior to the Denver game but so far hasn’t turned his practice production into anything big in games.
KEEP: Jimmy Graham, Luke Willson, Cooper Helfet.
CUT: Anthony McCoy, RaShaun Allen.
COMMENT: Still no changes here. Helfet missed the KC game with a rib issue and that’s certainly something to watch. But if healthy, he would appear to have a slight edge on the third tight end role.
KEEP: Russell Okung, Justin Britt, Garry Gilliam, J.R. Sweezy, Drew Nowak, Lemuel Jeanpierre, Alvin Bailey, Mark Glowinski, Keavon Milton.
CUT: Terry Poole, Patrick Lewis, Will Pericak, Kristjan Sokoli, Jesse Davis.
COMMENT: The nine listed on the keep list were the nine who made up the first two units against Kansas City (Gilliam played right tackle with both the No. 1 and No. 2 groups against the Chiefs). The Seahawks made some significant changes to the starting lineup last week — Britt to LG, Gilliam to RT, Bailey to the second team LT — but they may be inclined to stick with that group for now and let it work together.That the team brought in Evan Mathis for a visit indicates the Seahawks are still exploring all options, though. Poole has appeared to make some improvement the last few weeks but still might project best as a practice squad guy for this season. Same with Sokoli.
KEEP: Brandon Mebane, Ahtyba Rubin, Jordan Hill, T.Y.McGill.
CUT: Jesse Williams, D’Anthony Smith, David King, Julius Warmsley.
COMMENT: Making one change here, swapping McGill for Smith. Smith suffered a rib injury against the Chiefs while McGill appeared to again play well against the Chiefs (Pro Football Focus has him tied for eighth among all Seahawks defenders through two preseason games).
KEEP: Michael Bennett, Cliff Avril, Frank Clark, Cassius Marsh, Demarcus Dobbs.
CUT: Obum Gwacham, Greg Scruggs.
COMMENT: No changes at this spot this week. Dobbs is the biggest bubble player here but has a versatility that could prove valuable and he has also been a solid special teamer. Clark’s ability to play inside could also influence how many players the team keeps on the line.
KEEP: Bobby Wagner, K.J. Wright, Bruce Irvin, Kevin Pierre-Louis, Mike Morgan, Brock Coyle.
CUT: Tyrell Adams, Eric Pinkins, Quayshawn Nealy, Alex Singleton.
COMMENT: No changes here, either, for another week. Pinkins had some good moments against the Broncos and could give Morgan a real run for a roster spot. But Morgan is also one of the more experienced and valued special teamers — he appears to remain on many of the starting special teams.
KEEP: Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas, Cary Williams, Will Blackmon, DeShawn Shead, Tye Smith, Tharold Simon, Steven Terrell, Dion Bailey.
CUT: Mohammed Seisay, Marcus Burley, Douglas McNeil, Triston Wade, Keenan Lambert, Ronald Martin, Ryan Murphy, Keelan Johnson, George Farmer, Jeremy Crayton.
PUP LIST: Jeremy Lane.
RESERVE LIST: Kam Chancellor.
COMMENT: I’m buying a roster spot this week by leaving Chancellor on the reserve list — he currently does not count against the team’s 90-man roster. Even doing that, though, it remains difficult to make the decisions here. One change this week is swapping out Burley to the cut line for Smith, who has gotten a lot of snaps (he has played 94 so far, the most on the defense) and seems to be coming on. Martin also represents a really tough decision. But the team could likely slide him through to the practice squad. Shead’s versatility, as shown by his play at cornerback against the Chiefs, keeps him safe.
KEEP: Steven Hauschka, Jon Ryan, Clint Gresham.
COMMENT: The Seahawks released Nate Boyer last week, ending the only battle there was for any of the three kicking battery spots.