Now that the cuts are in, here’s a look at the current 53-man active roster.
Remember that the Seahawks can sign eight players to the practice squad by 3 p.m. Sunday, so some of those cut over the last week will end up there — and this roster could surely change between now and the Carolina game as Seattle scans the waiver wire. But for now, here’s what the Seahawks have.
Russell Wilson, Tarvaris Jackson.
Comment: No surprise that the Seahawks are going with two QBs, cutting Brady Quinn. Jackson showed in the exhibition season that he still has it, putting together the best QB rating in the NFL.
Keep: Marshawn Lynch, Robert Turbin, Christine Michael, Derrick Coleman, Spencer Ware.
Comment: The big news here is the release of Michael Robinson, meaning both Coleman and Ware — who had seemed an either/or proposition — each make the team. A different dynamic without the RealRobReport, to be sure, and you have to wonder if he might come back at some point — though the Tweets from Robinson and teammates sure seemed to have a ring of finality.
Keep: Sidney Rice, Doug Baldwin, Golden Tate, Jermaine Kearse, Stephen Williams.
Comment: The big training camp news here was the rise of Williams and the disappointment of Chris Harper, a fourth-round pick who was among those cut today. Seems like a solid group as long as Rice stays healthy.
Keep: Zach Miller, Luke Willson.
Comment: In one of the more surprising moves today, the Seahawks cut Sean McGrath, who for a time seemed headed to be the backup to Wilson. Willson had a solid camp and is a better receiver than McGrath, and the Seahawks may think they can get the blocking McGrath would have provided from OT Mike Person. Or maybe they are going to bring in another tight end — or maybe get McGrath on the practice squad so he’s still around if needed.
Keep: Russell Okung, Paul McQuistan, Max Unger, J.R. Sweezy, Breno Giacomoni, Alvin Bailey, Michael Bowie, James Carpenter, Lemuel Jeanpierre, Mike Person.
Comment: Seahawks kept 10 OLs, one more than a year ago, possibly indicating that they consider Person a third tight end for now. Also expect two to usually be ineligible. Also, Bowie’s shoulder injury suffered in the Raider game must not be that bad if he’s on the active roster for now. And Bailey and Bowie making it gives the Seahawks an infusion of what appears to be good, young, under-the-radar talent.
Keep: Chris Clemons, Red Bryant, Tony McDaniel, Brandon Mebane, Cliff Avril, Michael Bennett, Jordan Hill, Benson Mayowa, Mike Morgan, O’Brien Schofield, D’Anthony Smith.
Comment: I’ve thrown Morgan and Schofield here, but they are listed by the team as LBs — sort of semantics given their roles. More than a few surprises here from what you would have thought at the beginning of camp — Schofield and Smith added to the mix since then, Mayowa going from unknown free agent to camp sensation, and the cuts of Jaye Howard and Clinton McDonald. And you certainly get the sense that they are far from done. Having Clemons active is also a good sign for the team going forward.
Keep: Bobby Wagner, K.J. Wright, Allen Bradford, Malcolm Smith, Heath Farwell, John Lotulelei.
Comment: Again, I’ve got Schofield and Morgan above, so this is a bigger group than it may appear. Seahawks obviously liked their linebackers in basically keeping everybody who seemed a legitimate threat to make the roster. It also further illustrates the emphasis on and importance of special teams.
Keep: Kam Chancellor, Earl Thomas, Jeron Johnson, Chris Maragos.
Comment: The Seahawks kept the four that were expected — there was never a real change in the depth chart behind Chancellor and Thomas.
Keep: Richard Sherman, Brandon Browner, Walter Thurmond, Jeremy Lane, Byron Maxwell.
Comment: Two surprises here — that they cut Antoine Winfield and that they kept only five of what was such a deep group of players. Ron Parker I think has practice squad eligibility so he might be one they try to get back.
Keep: Steven Hauschka, Jon Ryan, Clint Gresham.
Comment: Long snapper Kyle Nelson was cut this week, solidifying the specialists.