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October 5, 2013 at 2:13 PM

A few more thoughts on the cutting of Stephen Williams


As noted in the entry below, the Seahawks today cut receiver Stephen Williams (above) so they could add linebacker/defensive end Bruce Irvin to the active 53-man roster.

Here are a few additional notes and thoughts on that move:

— Williams does not have practice squad eligibility, so the only way the Seahawks could bring him back would be to the active roster. That’s also true of any other team that would want to sign him.

— Williams was a training camp and pre-season standout. But he had been unable to translate that production to the regular season. He did not have a catch this year and had only been targeted twice. Once came late in the win over Carolina when he was open for a long TD catch but couldn’t hang on.

— Williams had played just 51 snaps this season and none on special teams, which didn’t help his value (of the receivers, only Sidney Rice also doesn’t play on special teams).

— In fact, here are the offensive snap counts for Seattle’s WRs this year: Golden Tate 174, Rice 161, Doug Baldwin 158, Jermaine Kearse 91, Williams 51.

— That the team cut Williams instead of one of the two newly-acquired offensive linemen — center Jason Spitz and guard Caylin Hauptmann — may be bad news when it comes to hopes that Max Unger will be back tomorrow. Seattle signed those two players in reaction to the injuries to Russell Okung, Breno Giacomini and then Unger, and each could again be active tomorrow if Unger can’t go.

— Seattle does now have just four receivers. But keep in mind that Percy Harvin is eligible to come off the PUP list following next week’s game against Tennessee. We still don’t know yet if he will, but all reports have been that his recovery is going well, so maybe the Seahawks expect him back sooner rather than later. With Williams not producing much now, anyway, and likely to be the odd man out when Harvin returns, Seattle appears to have decided to make the move early, undoubtedly being forced to do so in part because of depth issues elsewhere.

— While Seattle has just four WRs on its roster now, it has two others on the practice squad in Bryan Walters and Arceto Clark. Walters can also return kicks, and remember that Jeremy Lane is now out for a little while. So if the team needed another WR/returner type, it could easily bring up Walters, who was right there with Williams as a training camp standout at receiver before suffering a hamstring injury that limited his ability to play in games.

— Finally, it’s obvious Seattle wants and needs to keep all of its LB/DE types around. It was tempting to wonder if Benson Mayowa or Mike Morgan might get cut since they fulfill similar roles to Williams. But Seattle undoubtedly worried that Mayowa would get picked up, and the Seahawks’ LB depth took a hit this week when John Lotulelei was cut, so Morgan is needed as a backup and special teams player.



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