The Seahawks have thrown a few wrinkles into their roster that have made the team’s initial 53-man roster potentially less chalk than once expected.
While you might not see the major surprise cut, the additions of Josh Gordon, Paul Richardson and Damontre Moore over the last week will cost a few players their spot on the roster. Here’s my final projection, with position-by-position analysis as well as my last four players in and first four out. Seattle’s roster must be trimmed to 53 players by 1:00 p.m. PT on Saturday.
Russell Wilson and Geno Smith
Analysis: Smith’s backup job was never in question. What will be more interesting is whether or not the Seahawks keep Anthony Gordon or Danny Etling on the practice squad.
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 don’t think Haynes and Jordan Simmons can both make the roster. Between Finney and Jones, having both Haynes and Simmons would be an unneeded surplus of guards.
Running Back (5)
Chris Carson, Carlos Hyde, DeeJay Dallas, Travis Homer and Nick Bellore
Analysis: This hasn’t changed since the start of camp. Expect Dallas to see more work on offense than Homer.
Tight End (3)
Greg Olsen, Will Dissly and Jacob Hollister
Analysis: Luke Willson could very well end up being one of the six veterans on the practice squad. He then could be brought up to the active roster on gameday if needed. Colby Parkinson will be cutting it close, but my guess is that he opens the year on NFI.
Wide Receiver (6)
Tyler Lockett, DK Metcalf, Phillip Dorsett, Josh Gordon, John Ursua and Freddie Swain
Analysis: This was tough to project. Richardson was seemingly a lock because he signed a week before the end of camp. But Pete Carroll sounded underwhelmed by Richardson’s overall health and conditioning on Thursday. That leads me to believe that the team would prefer to keep Ursua and Swain, both of whom had impressive camps. David Moore is the notable cut here as the Seahawks would save $2.1 million by doing so. This is also assuming Gordon gets reinstated this weekend. It doesn’t make sense to pay Moore double what you’re paying Gordon and Dorsett when he’d be behind both of those guys on the depth chart. Moore would be a candidate for the practice squad or to be re-signed at a later date for a lesser cost.
Defensive Line (10)
Benson Mayowa, Jarran Reed, Poona Ford, Rasheem Green, L.J. Collier, Alton Robinson, Shaquem Griffin, Brian Mone, Damontre Moore and Demarcus Christmas.
Analysis: Carroll said that the newly signed Moore has a chance to contribute immediately, indicating that he’ll be on the roster. I also added Christmas back onto the roster compared to my last projection.
Bobby Wagner, K.J. Wright, Jordyn Brooks, Bruce Irvin, Ben Burr-Kirven and Cody Barton
Analysis: This one hasn’t changed since the start of camp. Barton, while his spot was never in jeopardy, improved his standing on the roster with a tremendous month.
Shaquill Griffin, Tre Flowers, Quinton Dunbar, Ugo Amadi and Neiko Thorpe
Analysis: I took Ryan Neal off this list, but I think the versatile defensive back ends up on the practice squad. There’s enough depth here to get by at both corner and safety.
Quandre Diggs, Jamal Adams, Marquise Blair and Lano Hill
Analysis: Pretty easy picks here.
Jason Myers, Michael Dickson and Tyler Ott
Analysis: Never a doubt.
Analysis: This could be a redshirt year for Penny.
D.J. Reed Jr., Darrell Taylor and Colby Parkinson
Analysis: Like Penny, Taylor could be getting a medical redshirt this season.
Suspended List (1)
Analysis: It’ll be interesting if Fuller is brought back to the active roster after Week 2 or if he’s waived. It’s possible the Seahawks would prefer him over Finney as a backup to Pocic.
Last four in: Phil Haynes, Shaquem Griffin, Freddie Swain and Demarcus Christmas
First four out: Jordan Simmons, Ryan Neal, Stephen Sullivan and Paul Richardson