There’s just under two weeks left of Seahawks training camp, which means cut day is looming. Seattle knows, at least for the most part, who they'll be going to battle with in 2020. That means roster cuts should be chalk for the most part.
However, there are two players who have been underwhelming to this point and could potentially be surprise cuts. That would mean a younger player beats them out or the Seahawks scour free agency in order to find a replacement. Before I dive into it, it’s important to note that none of this is personal or to suggest in any way that I’m hoping anyone gets cut. It would be awesome if all 80 players could make the roster. Unfortunately, that’s not how it works.
WR David Moore
The biggest issue with both of these is figuring out who has played well enough to steal the roster spot. Regardless, there’s no denying that Moore has been mostly a no-show at camp so far. That’s troubling after Moore regressed from 2018-19. He caught just 17 passes for 301 yards and two touchdowns last season and was largely outplayed by Malik Turner. The Seahawks were desperate for a consistent No. 3 receiver, and Moore failed to evolve into that guy. That’s why Seattle signed Phillip Dorsett this offeason and would likely bring Josh Gordon back if he gets reinstated by the NFL.
That puts Moore on the roster bubble. His hands have been shaky this summer, and he’s struggled to get separation, especially on deep routes. If you showed up for Seahawks camp completely ignorant to the entire roster, guys like Freddie Swain, John Ursua, Cody Thompson, Penny Hart and Seth Dawkins would have stood out above Moore.
What works in Moore’s favor is his NFL experience and that he’s a tremendous locker room guy. Tyler Lockett, DK Metcalf and maybe even Russell Wilson would stand on the table for him. That means a guy like Thompson or Hart would have to be the clear-cut choice in order for the Seahawks to part ways with Moore. It’s more likely that Gordon or another veteran would have to be signed in order push Moore out.
Maybe this is the best way to put it: There’s probably room for Moore, Ursua and Swain on the roster as it stands right now, but I’d make sure to keep the latter two as a priority. Cutting Moore would also save the Seahawks $2.1 million.
S Lano Hill
Hill is a noted favorite of Pete Carroll as Carroll gave Hill the starting nod over rookie Marquise Blair last season when Quandre Diggs was out. Hill wasn’t able to do much with the opportunity. He logged just 25 tackles and zero passes defended in four starts (12 games total).
To Hill’s credit, it’s harder to stand out at safety than it is at receiver without the ability to go back and watch practice film. Still, Chris Miller and Ryan Neal have stood out more throughout the first few weeks of camp.
Seattle may not be ready to give up on its 2017 third-round pick, but that investment would be the only thing keeping Hill around at this point. The lack of preseason games is a massive benefit to Hill and Moore. The absence of exhibition contests will make it much harder on the young players listed in this article to steal roster spots.
Carroll on both players
Carroll would surely scoff at the notion that Moore and/or Hill could be on the bubble. He gave a vote of confidence to both guys on Monday.
“Both guys look like they’ve stepped to the next level in their careers," the coach said. "It’s another year – they’re coming back with more confidence. David is playing multiple positions. Lano is playing multiple positions. Both those guys are doing well. It’s interesting you bring both of those guys up – I think they’ve both done pretty well so far. They’re making a real statement about being involved and competing for their play time. I’m real pleased with those guys.”
That might be coach speak from Carroll or maybe I am totally off base here. I suppose we will find out in a few weeks.