Position-by-position breakdown of the Seahawks initial 53-man roster


The Seahawks roster is now down to 53 players on what has been a mostly uneventful cut day thus far. Things can obviously change over the next 24 to 48 hours depending on whether Seattle claims anyone off waivers. A number of players cut by the Seahawks on Saturday will be back on the team’s practice squad.

Here’s how the roster stands right now.

Quarterback (2)

Russell Wilson and Geno Smith

Analysis: Now we wait to find out whether the Seahawks will pick Danny Etling or Anthony Gordon for the practice squad.

Offensive Line (10)

Duane Brown, Mike Iupati, B.J. Finney, Damien Lewis, Brandon Shell, Cedric Ogbuehi, Phil Haynes, Jamarco Jones, Jordan Simmons and Ethan Pocic

Analysis: The Seahawks have a surplus of guards as they opted to keep both Simmons and Haynes. Both players have too much potential to risk losing on waivers.

Running Back (4)

Chris Carson, Carlos Hyde, DeeJay Dallas and Travis Homer

Analysis: These four were never in question in regard to making the roster. What will be interesting is to see how much Dallas is able to chew into Hyde’s reps as the season goes on. Nick Bellore was cut, but he could return in short order just as he was last year.

Tight End (4)

Greg Olsen, Will Dissly, Luke Willson and Jacob Hollister

Analysis: Willson making the team is a bit of a surprise as the Seahawks opted to keep four tight ends to open the season. He’s a favorite in the locker room and will continue to have an intangible impact on the team, even if his reps are limited.


Wide Receiver (6)

Tyler Lockett, DK Metcalf, Phillip Dorsett, David Moore, John Ursua and Freddie Swain

Analysis: Moore restructured his $2.1 million RFA tender in order to remain with the team in 2020. Ursua and Swain made the team over Paul Richardson. Both young wide receivers had impressive camps and earned their roster spots. Swain could be in the mix at either returner spot.

Defensive Line (8)

Benson Mayowa, Jarran Reed, Poona Ford, Rasheem Green, L.J. Collier, Alton Robinson, Brian Mone and Damontre Moore

Analysis: Cutting Shaquem Griffin was the biggest surprise of the day. Given Seattle’s depth at linebacker, the team didn’t need him at SAM. The move is also an indication the Seahawks don’t view Griffin as a reliable down-to-down edge player. Griffin will almost assuredly be brought back to the practice squad if he goes unclaimed through waivers. The Seahawks also cut Demarcus Christmas, which was a bit of a surprise given the Seahawks are light on defensive tackles.

Linebacker (6)

Bobby Wagner, K.J. Wright, Jordyn Brooks, Bruce Irvin, Ben Burr-Kirven and Cody Barton

Analysis: Similar to running back, this was always going to be the group on the roster. Now we wait to see how quickly Brooks is able to get on the field.

Cornerback (6)

Shaquill Griffin, Tre Flowers, Quinton Dunbar, Ugo Amadi, Linden Stephens and Neiko Thorpe

Analysis: The picture in the secondary became clear as training camp wore on. Who will start opposite Griffin is yet to be determined. Stephens earned a spot with an impressive month of August and could be ahead of Thorpe on the depth chart.

Safety (4)

Quandre Diggs, Jamal Adams, Marquise Blair and Lano Hill

Analysis: Another chalk position group.

Specialists (3)

Jason Myers, Michael Dickson and Tyler Ott

Analysis: Never a doubt.

PUP (1)

Rashaad Penny

Analysis: As expected.

NFI (2)

D.J. Reed Jr., Darrell Taylor and Colby Parkinson

Analysis: There was hope in the middle of August that Parkinson would be able to make it back, but the Seahawks are exercising extreme caution with their rookies. Both will be out a minimum of six weeks. Parkinson should be good to go at that point, but Taylor’s return date is much more uncertain.

Suspended List (2)

Kyle Fuller and Josh Gordon

Analysis: When will Gordon be reinstated? That’s the biggest question facing the Seahawks roster right now.

Where I missed in my projections: Luke Willson, Jordan Simmons, Linden Stephens and David Moore.

Analysis: I had Shaquem Griffin, Nick Bellore and Demarcus Christmas making the team with Josh Gordon being reinstated.