It’s time to check in on my roster projections for who the Seattle Seahawks will keep on their initial 53-man roster. All that stands between us and Saturday’s 1:00 p.m. PT cut deadline is Thursday’s preseason finale against the Oakland Raiders.
There’s no telling how many spots are still up for grabs. It could be just one or two. It could also be a small handful. For the sake of our entertainment, let’s pretend there are still several spots that remain undecided.
I haven’t changed much from my first round of predictions, but there are still changes nonetheless.
Russell Wilson and Geno Smith
Analysis: The backup job has always felt like it’s Smith’s to lose. Paxton Lynch closed the gap after his strong preseason debut against the Denver Broncos but has since fallen behind following a subpar outing against the Minnesota Vikings and a concussion that kept him out a week. Smith would have to really stumble on Thursday against the Oakland Raiders in order to lose the job. Even then, he still might have the edge on Lynch.
Running back (5)
Chris Carson, Rashaad Penny, J.D. McKissic, C.J. Prosise and Nick Bellore
Analysis: One of the few adjustments I made to the roster was swapping Homer out in favor of Prosise. I believe Prosise has the higher ceiling, and Homer hasn’t done anything to justify a spot on the roster. The Seahawks are too deep at running back, which will leave the sixth-round pick as the odd man out.
Wide receiver (6)
Tyler Lockett, DK Metcalf, David Moore, Gary Jennings, Jaron Brown and John Ursua
Analysis: Jazz Ferguson felt like a lock to me after he scored a touchdown against the Broncos. I also didn’t anticipate he’d go silent in the two games since that standout preseason debut. Meanwhile, Ursua has made the most of his opportunities with four receptions for 100 yards during the preseason. The numbers aren’t gaudy, but he’s passed the eye test and looks like a capable NFL slot receiver.
Ferguson and Malik Turner might still have a shot at a roster spot with a big performance on Thursday, but it would likely come at the expense of Gary Jennings at this point, not Ursua. Jennings has been quiet, but Turner and Ferguson haven’t done enough to justify cutting a fourth-round pick.
Tight end (3)
Nick Vannett, Will Dissly and Jacob Hollister
Analysis: Ed Dickson (knee) seems destined for Injured Reserve and potentially a candidate to be released with an injury settlement. There is a chance that they keep Dickson active for a day before moving him to IR so that he can return after eight weeks. If that ends up being the case, look for a veteran like Bellore to be the 24-hour casualty until the team is able to move Dickson to IR.
Offensive line (9)
Duane Brown, Mike Iupati, Justin Britt, D.J. Fluker, Germain Ifedi, George Fant, Jamarco Jones, Ethan Pocic and Joey Hunt.
Analysis: Phil Haynes (undisclosed injury) remains the wildcard on the offensive line. He could shake up this list if he’s able to make it back for the start of the regular season. Otherwise, I feel confident it will be the nine names listed above.
Defensive Line (8)
Cassius Marsh, Quinton Jefferson, Al Woods, Ezekiel Ansah, L.J. Collier, Rasheem Green, Poona Ford and Jacob Martin
Analysis: Brian Mone and Earl Mitchell are near-misses for me. I don’t think Barkevious Mingo has done enough to justify his $5.2 million cap number.
Bobby Wagner, K.J. Wright, Mychal Kendricks, Cody Barton, Austin Calitro and Shaquem Griffin
Analysis: No changes here, either, as it’s been a quiet preseason for Ben Burr-Kirven. Griffin still keeps his roster spot despite a bruised knee that his kept him out the last two weeks.
Defensive Backs (11)
Shaquill Griffin, Tedric Thompson, Bradley McDougald, Tre Flowers, Neiko Thorpe, Ugo Amadi, Akeem King, Marquise Blair, Lano Hill, DeShawn Shead and Jamar Taylor
Analysis: I’m still keeping an extra defensive back simply because I had no idea who to cut. There’s too much depth here, particularly at safety. One could be a candidate to be traded, I suppose.
Jason Myers, Michael Dickson and Tyler Ott
Analysis: Same as before.