Here's our latest attempt to guess how the Seahawks' initial 53-man regular season roster will look.
The Seahawks have completed eight training camp practices, including their scrimmage/mock game.
They now kick into something of a game-week mode for the rest of the year — the first preseason game is Saturday at Kansas City with three more preseason games before the beginning of the regular season when the Miami Dolphins come to town on Sept. 11.
The Seahawks will have to cut their roster to 75 following their third preseason game (the official cutdown date is Aug.30) and then to the regular season limit of 53 following the fourth preseason game (the official date is Sept. 3). After that cutdown, they can then assemble a 10-player practice squad, though only after those players clear waivers and become free agents.
Here’s our latest guess at how the initial 53-man active roster will turn out.
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This is based solely on the 90-man roster as it stands now. There will undoubtedly be other moves that will impact how it looks but for now this is how I see it.
KEEP: Russell Wilson, Trevone Boykin.
CUT: Jake Heaps.
COMMENT: The Seahawks haven’t completely quashed the notion that they will scour the waiver wires for a veteran QB, if needed. But with each day they also seem more comfortable with the idea of Boykin as the backup. Certainly, they appear to see him as part of their long-term future and might not want to risk losing him by cutting him and then trying to get him back on the practice squad (recall John Schneider’s recent comment that he thought Boykin was a 3rd-to-5th round pick had he not gotten into a bar fight that resulted in him being suspended for the Alamo Bowl). But how Boykin performs — and if he shows he is worthy of being the backup — will be one of the most intriguing aspects of the preseason, beginning with Saturday’s game at Kansas City. Heaps has had some good moments in camp. But for now, the backup job is Boykin’s to lose.
KEEP: Thomas Rawls, Alex Collins, C.J. Prosise, Christine Michael.
CUT: Zac Brooks, Tani Tupou, Jonathan Amosa, Troymaine Pope, Cameron Marshall.
COMMENT: Rawls is now back, and while the team will need to see him in a few practices to know for sure that he’s ready to hit the ground running, at this point it seems safe to assume he’ll be ready for opening day. Michael and Collins have had nice camps and each have appeared to show enough receiving ability that they could help fill the two-minute back role, if needed. Prosise has missed almost all of camp with a hamstring injury. But if he comes back in the next week, there’s still time for him to develop into a third-down back by opening day. The recent injuries at fullback have me going at the moment with just four running backs and thinking the team can fill its fullback-roles elsewhere. But the door is open for UA grads Tupou and Amosa to fill that spot if they play well in the preseason.
KEEP: Doug Baldwin, Tyler Lockett, Jermaine Kearse, Paul Richardson, Kasen Williams, Kenny Lawler.
CUT: Kevin Smith, Douglas McNeil, Deshon Foxx, Antwan Goodley, Tanner McEvoy, Uzoma Nwachukwu, Montario Hunter.
COMMENT: The first four spots are locks (assuming Richardson is healthy, he’s making the team). Williams has had a nice off-season and was off to a good start in camp before suffering a hamstring injury in practice on Friday and missing Sunday’s scrimmage. If that lingers, it could open up a spot for someone else. I earlier had McNeil making it, and his size and defensive background are intriguing from a special teams standpoint. But Lawler has really shown up lately and if he does much in the pre-season he could be hard to keep off the final roster. McEvoy’s size (6-6, 230) is really intriguing. But for now, he seems more like a practice squad player to groom for down the road.
KEEP: Jimmy Graham, Luke Willson, Nick Vannett, Brandon Williams.
CUT: Joe Sommers, Clayton Echard.
COMMENT: It sounds like Graham will be back soon, and if so, then pencil him onto the final 53. Four tight ends would be one more than the Seahawks usually keep. But the Seahawks seem to really like both Vannett — who they wouldn’t risk losing — and Williams, and they could devise ways to use each in fullback-type roles to help make up for not having a true fullback on the roster.
KEEP: Garry Gilliam, Mark Glowinski, Justin Britt, Germain Ifedi, J’Marcus Webb, Rees Odhiambo, Bradley Sowell, Patrick Lewis, Jahri Evans.
CUT: Terry Poole, Joey Hunt, Kristjan Sokoli, Will Pericak, George Fant.
COMMENT: The first six listed above seem like locks at the moment. For now, Sowell’s experience has me keeping him ahead of Poole as a swing tackle. I’ll also assume Evans shows he still has enough to make the final roster. And if they keep just nine, the usual number the last few years, then it could mean a decision between Lewis and Hunt. Hunt has loads of potential, but Lewis may be the safer bet to assure there is someone on the roster with game experience at center entering the season. Fant is also really intriguing and seems sure to at least make the practice squad.
KEEP: Michael Bennett, Cliff Avril, Frank Clark, Quinton Jefferson, Jarran Reed, Ahtyba Rubin, Jordan Hill, Sealver Siliga, Ryan Robinson.
CUT: Montese Overton, Justin Hamilton, DeAngelo Tyson, Tavaris Barnes, Brandin Bryant.
COMMENT: One change from our last mock is Robinson making the 53, filling a spot opened when Chris Clemons retired. The other tough call is the final tackle between Siliga and Bryant. Bryant, an undrafted rookie free agent, has been impressive in camp. Siliga, meanwhile, has yet to practice while on the non-football injury list. But at 345 pounds, Siliga adds a unique presence at nose tackle the Seahawks may want to keep around, assuming he returns to health soon.
KEEP: Bobby Wagner, K.J. Wright, Mike Morgan, Brock Coyle, Cassius Marsh, Kevin Pierre-Louis, Eric Pinkins.
CUT: Pete Robertson, Kache Palacio, Steve Longa, Kyle Coleman.
COMMENT: The strongside linebacker battle between Marsh, Pinkins and Morgan remains one of the most interesting in camp. Coaches continue to praise all three, and at the moment, all three would appear good bets to make the roster, with the team possibly devising different roles for each to get on the field in various sub packages, as well as special teams. Coyle and Pierre-Louis appear to still have a grip on the backup jobs at MLB and WLB, respectively.
KEEP: Richard Sherman, Jeremy Lane, Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor, Deshawn Shead, Tharold Simon, Kelcie McCray, Brandon Browner, Marcus Burley.
CUT: DeAndre Elliott, Tye Smith, Stanley Jean-Baptiste, Trovon Reed, Tyvis Powell, George Farmer, Steven Terrell, Keenan Lambert.
COMMENT: So far, I’ve made no change from my initial 53-man sorter for the secondary. But Tye Smith has had some nice days of late and may be hard to keep off the roster. For now, I have Burley making it as a backup nickel behind Lane — Smith has not yet been used significantly at nickel in camp though Pete Carroll said he will be down the road. McCray continues to work as Chancellor’s backup and has huge special teams value, so I continue to have him making it along with Browner, who also is mostly playing safety.
KEEP: Steven Hauschka, Jon Ryan, Nolan Frese.
COMMENT: There’s no competition for any of these spots at the moment. Frese is the long snapper of the moment after the release last week of Drew Ferris. But given the revolving door at that position, it’d probably be premature to assume Frese is definitely the guy. He’ll still need to show in preseason games he can do the job.