Here's an updated Seahawks' roster projection after the team made cuts to 75 on Tuesday.
The Seahawks have made their first cuts, paring the roster to 75 on Tuesday to get to the NFL mandated limit.
There will be one more cut soon as the Seahawks will have to get to 53 by Saturday at 1 p.m. following Thursday night’s final preseason game in Oakland.
Let’s take a look at how I see it getting to 53, using the 75-man roster as it stands now.
KEEP: Russell Wilson, Trevone Boykin.
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CUT: Jake Heaps.
COMMENT: There has been no change at this spot yet. Boykin continues to show signs of progress in acclimating to the NFL while displaying the athleticism that intrigued the team all along. Given that the Seahawks would prefer to save some money on the backup QB spot, the preference all along was for a young player to fill that role if one could be found that was up to the task. Boykin appears to have done that. It’s hard to imagine Seattle keeping three QBs but Heaps could land on the practice squad.
KEEP: Thomas Rawls, Christine Michael, C.J. Prosise, Will Tukuafu, Alex Collins.
CUT: Troymaine Pope, Tani Tupou.
COMMENT: The Seahawks are down to six official running backs for what appear five spots heading into the Oakland game. A wildcard is Tani Tupou, who is being used again at fullback after spending most of camp at defensive tackle. For now, Rawls, Michael and Prosise are locks and Tukuafu seems almost certain to make it, as well, as the team appears to want to keep a fullback presence and he showed enough against Dallas to indicate he can still handle the role. Collins got a little more room to run against the Cowboys and made the most of some limited opportunities and given his college production and promise he showed early in camp still seems like the leader for a fifth running back spot if the team keeps that many, which I have them doing for now. But especially with the Seahawks having pared the depth here quite a bit in the last few days, expect Pope to get a lot of work against the Raiders Thursday.
KEEP: Doug Baldwin, Tyler Lockett, Jermaine Kearse, Paul Richardson, Tanner McEvoy.
CUT: Kenny Lawler, Kasen Williams, Douglas McNeil, Antwan Goodley, E.Z. Nwachukwu.
COMMENT: The depth shrank here quite a bit with the moves of the last few days, as well. For now, I am leaving this with the five I had entering the week. But McEvoy is dealing with a groin issue and if he can’t play that won’t help clear things up. McEvoy is bring tried as a tight end, a spot where the Seahawks may need the added depth the first week or two of the season depending on the progress of Nick Vannett and Jimmy Graham. Lawler, Williams and maybe one more would be obvious practice squad candidates — and given the amount of receivers that usually become available this time of year, likely able to squeeze through — and available for promotion later, if needed. Williams may be healthy against the Raiders and if he can play and show he’s where he was entering camp — when he seemed just about a lock to make it — the view at this spot could change a bit.
KEEP: Jimmy Graham, Luke Willson, Nick Vannett, Brandon Williams.
CUT: Joe Sommers, Clayton Echard.
COMMENT: I’ve gone with Seattle keeping four tight ends since the beginning of training camp, with the biggest reason thinking that they could use more multi-tight end sets to make up for not having a fullback. But as I wrote last week, health is suddenly also a factor. Graham, though, continues to get a lot of work in practice and making good progress, though it remains unclear if he’ll be ready for the opener. It’s also uncertain how long Vannett will be out. Williams appeared to be earning a spot anyway, but the depth issues seem to assure he makes it 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: Well, I got one right in my last projection, thinking they were going to waive Patrick Lewis, which apparently means Joey Hunt is the backup center — though Will Pericak could do it, as well. That Pericak has the ability to also play center is the reason I am keeping him and waiving Evans, who has been solely a right guard since the first day or so of camp — versatility is pretty much a must for the backup spots, and especially a veteran who isn’t being kept for developmental reasons. There is a growing thought the team will keep Fant. But for now, I’m sticking with the idea they’ll want the players who can most immediately help the team and get Fant through to the practice squad.
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: Well, I was wrong about them keeping Sealver Siliga — sort of. I still think he remains in the team’s long-range plans and that he could be the short-term Injured Reserve player who returns at some point this season. But for now he’s off the roster. That has me back to them keeping eight true defensive linemen (though at this point, Cassius Marsh seems best viewed as a defensive end, as well, after being tried more as a linebacker earlier in camp. And it’s worth noting Marsh is listed by the team as a defensive end). Bryant remains an intriguing player. But the signing of McDaniel and that he has played well seems to box him out at the moment. He would be an obvious practice squad candidate. Tupou remains intriguing for his ability to play both fullback and defensive line, which would give the Seahawks some roster flexibility. I’d watch him closely this week.
KEEP: Bobby Wagner, K.J. Wright, Mike Morgan, Brock Coyle, Kevin Pierre-Louis, Eric Pinkins.
CUT: Kache Palacio, Steve Longa.
COMMENT: The release of Brandon Browner has me again thinking the Seahawks may keep Eric Pinkins, whose ability to cover and play special teams may replicate a lot of what the team might have gotten from Browner in the hybrid role they were devising for him. And as noted earlier, the rotations for the backups against the Cowboys looked the same, indicating Coyle and Pierre-Louis remain ahead at those spots.
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: I had Browner making it, though somewhat hesitantly. I was wrong about that. With Browner off the roster I now have Steven Terrell back on — he provides a lot of flexibility in being able to play safety and nickel corner as well as on a lot of special teams. And the release of Browner would also seem to bode well for Tyvis Powell. I’m keeping with Marcus Burley on the assumption he’s the backup nickel — the spot he’s played throughout camp. We’ve never seen Tye Smith take any real reps there. But Burley is dealing with a hamstring injury which could impact things here.
KEEP: Steven Hauschka, Jon Ryan, Nolan Frese.
COMMENT: There’s no question about how many roster spots to devote to special teams, or the two kickers. But as I wrote last week and the week before, Frese’s roster spot hardly seems secure after he again had an early low snap (though how quickly he got downfield afterward shows the athleticism the team likes). One would think another shaky week might make Seattle even more inclined to explore options. For now, as the only snapper on the roster, Frese makes the projection.