So with just a little more than a day now until Seattle has to make the cuts to get to its 53-man regular season roster, here’s one more (likely futile) guess on how it’ll look in the end.
Keep: Russell Wilson, Tarvaris Jackson.
Comment: The big question remains — will Seattle keep two quarterbacks, as it did to open the 2013 season, or three? I think they will go with two, cut Terrelle Pryor, and hope they get B.J. Daniels on the practice squad as an insurance policy if needed. Pryor had his moments in the preseason, but were they enough to warrant a roster spot for the entire season? Jackson provides the veteran stability a Super Bowl contender needs in a backup.
Keep: Marshawn Lynch, Robert Turbin, Christine Michael, Derrick Coleman.
Comment: So as I wrote last week, here’s a tough call. Seattle generally has had five running backs on its roster. But the numbers crunch elsewhere — specifically, keeping a sixth WR, as seems likely — might mean sacrificing a body at this spot. I think they’ll go with four and try to get Spencer Ware and/or Kiero Small on the practice squad.
Keep: Percy Harvin, Doug Baldwin, Jermaine Kearse, Paul Richardson, Ricardo Lockette, Bryan Walters.
Comment: The tough calls here are what to do with Kevin Norwood — still yet to practice following foot surgery a couple weeks ago —- and cutting Phil Bates. Bates, though, has practice squad eligibility and I’d assume they use it to keep him around. As for Norwood, since he’s still out, I’m going to assume an IR stint to make the numbers work here. I think the special teams play of Walters and Lockette get them on the team.
Keep: Zach Miller, Luke Willson.
Comment:Cooper Helfet’s injury makes it tough to assess where he is right now, as well. You saw Seattle try Garry Gilliam a lot last night in a tackle eligible role, and Alvin Bailey has also done that in the past. Maybe that’s the way Seattle goes to get an extra linemen on the roster and allow for keeping six receivers. For now, that’s how I’ll do it, as well.
Keep: Russell Okung, Max Unger, J.R. Sweezy, Alvin Bailey, James Carpenter, Justin Britt, Lemuel Jeanpierre, Caylin Hauptmann, Eric Winston, Garry Gilliam.
Comment: Since doing this the first time, I’ve added Gilliam and subtracted Stephen Schilling. I think the Seahawks see a lot of upside in Gilliam and as noted, he could be sort of a third blocking tight end, as well.
Keep: Tony McDaniel, Brandon Mebane, Cliff Avril, Michael Bennett, Jordan Hill, Kevin Williams, Cassius Marsh, O’Brien Schofield, D’Anthony Smith, Greg Scruggs.
Comment: A tough call here cutting Benson Mayowa, whose potential compelled the team to keep him on the 53-man roster all last season. Schofield, though, moved ahead of him with a preseason as good as anyone’s on the team. And hard to know what to do with Smith, was injured against the Raiders. If that’s serious, then that obviously changes things.
Keep: Bobby Wagner, K.J. Wright, Malcolm Smith, Brock Coyle, Mike Morgan, Kevin Pierre-Louis, Bruce Irvin.
Comment: I’m going to assume Irvin comes back and is on the roster. The tough call here is cutting Korey Toomer. But he’s another who should land back on practice squad.
Keep: Kam Chancellor, Earl Thomas, Jeron Johnson, DeShawn Shead.
Comment: This spot has appeared pretty straightforward from the beginning.
Keep: Richard Sherman, Byron Maxwell, Jeremy Lane, Tharold Simon, Phillip Adams.
Comment: Another change from earlier as I now have Adams making it, with his return ability giving him a last, needed push.
Keep: Steven Hauschka (PK) , Jon Ryan (P), Clint Gresham (snapper).
Comment: The easiest call on the roster as there is no competition for any of the these spots.