First, a note on the practice squad. Teams can start adding players to the practice squad on Sunday and may add any player that clears waivers after being cut, including players the Seahawks cut. NFL teams can add 10 players to their practice squads this season as opposed to eight last year.
And now, to my biggest surprises from the Seahawks’ cuts to get to a 53-man roster (Warning: There weren’t a ton of surprises, especially not big ones):
- That the Seahawks kept seven receivers. I never really heard that mentioned as a possibility; most everyone I talked to and most everything I read had the Seahawks keeping six receivers. But clearly the Seahawks didn’t want to part ways with Ricardo Lockette or Phil Bates and thought both were worth having on the roster. They were one of only three teams to keep seven receivers on Saturday. The other surprising thing: That if the Seahawks did keep seven receivers, I’m surprised one of them wasn’t Bryan Walters because of ability as a punt and kickoff returner.
- RB Spencer Ware. The Seahawks are set at running back with Marshawn Lynch backed up by Robert Turbin and Christine Michael. But you can never have enough running backs in the NFL, and Ware was also a solid special-teams player. He was a sixth-round pick in 2013.
- Stephen Schilling in favor of Caylin Hauptmann. I know, we’re talking about a backup offensive line spot — and likely one that will be inactive on game day. But still, I was a bit surprised the Seahawks opted for the 26-year-old Schilling, who played high school football at Bellevue, instead of the 23-year-old Hauptmann, who spent last season with the Seahawks. Schilling can play both center and guard, and while he might not have the upside of Hauptmann, he is a steadier option right now.
- DE Benson Mayowa and DT Jimmy Staten. Sort of scraping the bottom of the surprise barrel here, but both are young players with promise (or at least who held promise at one point in time in the eyes of the Seahawks). Mayowa was intriguing enough to store on the active roster last year — a redshirt season — while Staten was intriguing enough to draft in the fifth round this year. But Mayowa didn’t develop like the Seahawks had hoped, and Staten barely practiced this preseason because of injuries. In the end, both those things cost them a spot on the roster.