We’re a week into training camp now, and with the Seahawks having Wednesday off, it’s a good time for our first roster projection of the summer.
Here's what the 53-man roster might look like:
Russell Wilson and Geno Smith
Analysis: Anthony Gordon is a lock to be on the practice squad. The signing of Danny Etling is likely a move to gain intel on the team’s first two opponents. Etling last played for the Falcons and Patriots.
Offensive Line (9)
Duane Brown, Mike Iupati, B.J. Finney, Damien Lewis, Brandon Shell, Cedric Ogbuehi, Phil Haynes, Jamarco Jones and Ethan Pocic
Analysis: I feel pretty confident in this being the team’s top nine. Jordan Simmons could potentially sneak in here if he has a strong finish to camp.
Running Back (5)
Chris Carson, Carlos Hyde, DeeJay Dallas, Travis Homer and Nick Bellore
Analysis: This feels like an easy group to project. Homer’s ability on special teams helps him stay on the roster. I’m keeping Bellore until Pete Carroll shows us that he no longer wants a fullback on the roster. Bellore is also a special teams standout and an emergency linebacker.
Tight End (4)
Greg Olsen, Will Dissly, Colby Parkinson, and Jacob Hollister
Analysis: The tight ends room is just too deep and too crowded to keep Willson. I still think he’s firmly on the bubble, especially if Parkinson makes it off PUP for the start of the season, as I’ve projected here. Hollister is an important insurance policy on Dissly and Olsen, two players who have notable injury histories.
Wide Receiver (6)
Tyler Lockett, DK Metcalf, Phillip Dorsett, David Moore, John Ursua and Freddie Swain
Analysis: It was tempting to put camp standout Cody Thompson on here. Ultimately I think the Seahawks opt to keep Moore and their draft picks instead.
Defensive Line (8)
Benson Mayowa, Jarran Reed, Poona Ford, Rasheem Green, L.J. Collier, Alton Robinson, Shaquem Griffin, and Demarcus Christmas
Analysis: Griffin, Mone and Christmas are all on the bubble. This one is a bit harder to project.
Bobby Wagner, K.J. Wright, Jordyn Brooks, Bruce Irvin, Ben Burr-Kirven and Cody Barton
Analysis: I think Burr-Kirven provides enough on special teams in order to stick around, though he’ll likely be a gameday inactive assuming everyone else is healthy.
Shaquill Griffin, Tre Flowers, Quinton Dunbar, Ugo Amadi, Neiko Thorpe and Ryan Neal
Analysis: My guess is that the Seahawks keep six corners, I’m just not sure who No. 6 will be. I picked Neal because of his size (6-3) and the fact that he was around last year and provides some familiarity.
Quandre Diggs, Jamal Adams, Marquise Blair and Lano Hill
Analysis: We haven’t heard much from or about Hill, but I still think he’s an important insurance piece to keep given his starting experience.
Jason Myers, Michael Dickson and Tyler Ott
Analysis: As expected.
Rashaad Penny and Darrell Taylor
Analysis: Penny being here was always expected. Taylor potentially missing the start of the season is sub-optimal.
D.J. Reed Jr.
Analysis: There’s a chance Reed can come back midseason and potentially take Hill’s spot on the roster.
Last four in: Freddie Swain, Shaquem Griffin, Jamarco Jones and Ryan Neal
First four out: Cody Thompson, Jordan Simmons, Stephen Sullivan and Branden Jackson