So I’m sitting here trying to put together an initial guess at the 53-man roster for the Monday paper.
And before unveiling that, I thought I’d pass along what seem to me like the biggest questions in terms of who makes the roster — and seek some of your comments on what you think will happen:
1, Does Terrelle Pryor make it? I could be wrong, but it seems like Tarvaris Jackson remains the backup QB and the question is whether they keep three quarterbacks, which would allow them to keep Pryor. Pryor has undeniably enticing physical gifts, and at 25 years old could still be a developmental type of QB. But is that worth a roster spot for a team attempting to repeat as Super Bowl champs? Seattle has mostly gone with two QBs on its active roster the last two years, and I’d assume they’ll try to keep B.J. Daniels on the practice squad. This is likely a decision that goes down to the wire.
2, Benson Mayowa? O’Brien Schofield? Or both? Here’s another that could be an either-or for who fills the backup rush end spot — or maybe they keep both, especially if Bruce Irvin remains on PUP to start the season, as seems likely. Schofield has been one of the standout players of the first two games and has experience with his days in Arizona. Mayowa so enticed the coaches last year they kept him on the active roster all season though he rarely played. Mayowa, though, had been somewhat quiet in camp until this half-sack in the second half against the Chargers.
3, Does Heath Farwell lose his spot to Brock Coyle? At the moment, Coyle appears just about a lock to make it, which would seem to knock Farwell off, despite his status as a special teams captain the last two seasons. There will be lots of tough decisions at LB though some may be delayed with guys like Irvin and maybe Korey Toomer remaining on the PUP list.
4, Which receivers of Bryan Walters, Ricardo Lockette and Phil Bates make it? Seattle has a real log jam at receiver. Percy Harvin, Doug Baldwin, Jermaine Kearse and Paul Richardson are locks, and the only question with Kevin Norwood is his health and what the team does with him as a result— he could be a guy they put on IR with an exception to come back at any time. If Norwood is not on the initial 53-man, that could leave room for two of Walters, Lockette and Bates, who from this vantage point seem like the next in line. But which two? Walters’ ability to return both kickoffs and punts could get him on the roster.
5, Do they keep five running backs? If they keep six WRs, then something will have to give somewhere else on the roster, and it could be at running back where they might decide they don’t really need a backup fullback. Spencer Ware isn’t really a fullback anymore, anyway, and he might be the odd man out if they went with just four, assuming Marshawn Lynch, Robert Turbin, Christine Michael and Derrick Coleman are givens. Kiero Small would likely be a practice squad guy.