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August 29, 2013 at 1:04 PM

Updated roster projection

As we kill time waiting for the last exhibition game, I thought I’d quickly review the 53-man roster projection that I did for Monday’s paper. Seattle has since made the needed moves to pare the roster from 90 to 75, so I made some changes here to reflect that. And so far, none of the moves made were of players I had making the opening-season 53.

QUARTERBACK

Keep: Russell Wilson, Tarvaris Jackson.

Cut: Brady Quinn.

Comment: The only question here remains whether they would keep three as Jackson appears to have clearly won the backup job. But depth at other spots and wanting to retain as many other players as possible, as well as confidence in the play and durability of Wilson and Jackson, likely means keeping just two.

RUNNING BACK

Keep: Marshawn Lynch, Robert Turbin, Christine Michael, Michael Robinson, Derrick Coleman.

Cut: Spencer Ware.

Comment: There’s been some speculation that they’d cut Robinson to save some money and now there is also the issue of his health as he has not practiced in 10 days with an illness and could be out for a few weeks. But we’ll assume otherwise on a team looking to win now and valuing what Robinson  means to the team in a number of ways. We’ll also make a tough call and keep Coleman, a good special teams player, as the backup fullback ahead of Ware, who would be a valued practice squad player.

RECEIVER

Keep: Sidney Rice, Doug Baldwin, Golden Tate, Jermaine Kearse, Stephen Williams.

Cut: Chris Harper, Arceto Clark, Bryan Walters, Phil Bates

Comment: Injured Percy Harvin won’t count against the roster for now after being put on PUP. And the team cut Donavon Kemp, Perez Ashford and Brett Swain this week. The tough call here is what to do with fourth-round pick Harper, who has lots of long-range potential but hasn’t done much yet on the field. If he’s waived, he’s a sure practice-squad player if he doesn’t get picked up elsewhere. Walters was an early camp standout and will get his shot tonight. Bates has moved back to WR after a brief try at FB.

TIGHT END

Keep: Zach Miller, Luke Willson, Sean McGrath.

Cut: Cooper Helfet, Darren Fells..

Comment: Rookie Willson and second-year player McGrath have earned the backup jobs behind the now-apparently-healthy Miller. Helfet has had some good moments and Fells is an intriguing prospect, and either could end up on the practice squad. Andrei Lintz and Jameson Konz were cut this week.

OFFENSIVE LINE

Keep: Russell Okung, Paul McQuistan, Max Unger, J.R. Sweezy, Breno Giacomoni, Alvin Bailey, Michael Bowie, James Carpenter, Lemuel Jeanpierre

Cut: Mike Person, Ryan Seymour, Rishaw Johnson, Jared Smith.

Comment: The team did not make any moves  in this group this week, speaking to what it seems to feel is pretty good depth and competition here. Carpenter says he’ll  be ready to go for the opener, clearing up one question, though also making it that  much harder for a younger player to make it. Jeanpierre makes it as the backup center unless the tem decides others can play that spot. They’ll try to get one or two of Person, Johnson, Smith and Seymour on the practice squad.

DEFENSIVE LINE

Keep: Red Bryant, Tony McDaniel, Brandon Mebane, Cliff Avril, Michael Bennett, Jordan Hill, Clinton McDonald, Benson Mayowa, Mike Morgan, O’Brien Schofield, Jaye Howard.

Cut: Michael Brooks, Dewayne Cherrington, Sealver Siliga.

Comment: Martin Parker was the only cut here this week and Greg Scruggs was placed on PUP and Jesse Williams on IR. Lots of tough calls otherwise. But again, somebody’s got to go to make the numbers work. Clemons’ health will  determine one roster spot and lead to what Pete Carroll called this week a “big decision.’’ The newly-acquired Siliga played well against the Packers and as one of the biggest bodies on the team could make a surprise run at a roster spot. He’ll get a lot of work tonight.

LINEBACKER

Keep: Bobby Wagner, K.J. Wright, Malcolm Smith, Heath Farwell, Allen Bradford.

Cut: John Lotulelei, Craig Wilkins, Kyle Knox, Ty Powell.

Comment: Kyle Knox was cut this week and Korey Toomer  put on PUP. And Bruce Irvin will start the year on the suspended list due to his PED suspension. Lotulelei is a tough cut and another certain practice-squad guy if he doesn’t get claimed elsewhere. Same with Bradford — tough calls each and expect each to get a lot of work tonight. And recall that Morgan and Schofield also play linebacker.

SAFETY

Keep: Kam Chancellor, Earl Thomas, Jeron Johnson, Chris Maragos.

Cut: Winston Guy, Deshawn Shead.

Comment: Johnson and Maragos are capable backups and special teams demons. Shead is another who seems certain to end up on the practice squad if he’s not claimed elsewhere and will get some kickoff returns tonight. Guy has had some moments, but this is another spot where the Seahawks will cut a player who likely has a future elsewhere.

CORNERBACK

Keep: Richard Sherman, Brandon Browner, Walter Thurmond, Antoine Winfield, Jeremy Lane, Byron Maxwell.

Cut: Will Blackmon, Ron Parker.

Comment: The team this week cut Will Blackmon and then put rookie Tharold Simon on PUP. Still, lots of really tough calls here with cornerback an especially valued position. Parker, among the fastest players on the team, has sadly been too injured to show much so far but will get a big chance tonight.

SPECIAL TEAMS

Keep: Steven Hauschka, Jon Ryan, Clint Gresham.

Comment: Long snapper Kyle Nelson was cut this week, solidifying the specialists.

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