Roster cut to 75
One of the toughest parts of Seahawks training camp is trimming the roster from 90 players down to 53.
The first cut down occurs on the Tuesday after the 3rd preseason game by 1PM PST. During this round teams must cut 15 players from their roster and bring the total down to 75 for the final week of the preseason.
Some cuts are expected but others will take everyone by surprise, even the players. It creates a situation where for little over a week players are walking on egg shells. They do everything they can to avoid the “Turk.”
The Turk is a designated member of the team who goes around looking for players who the coaching staff has decided to part ways with.
In the event that a player runs into the Turk he will avoid eye contact and hope he doesn’t hear the Turk call his name, followed by “Coach wants to see you and bring your playbook.”
As fans it is only natural to agree with some cuts and disagree with others.
Since it is only natural to feel that way it is a forgone conclusion that I must write a “Love ’em Hate ’em” piece on the topic.
As a player who is trying to find a spot on a roster you must take every rep and make the most of it. If you can do that and show the team their coaching will translate to the field during a game it is nearly impossible for the team to release you.
Wide receiver Perez Ashford didn’t do that. In the first three games of preseason he had as many penalty yards as he did receiving yards. Now the Seahawks see first hand why a team who is as thin at wide receiver as the Patriots released him.
Last season the Seahawks put Jameson Konz on IR…again. After the team decided to bring him back for the 2013 training camp Konz rewarded them by making an impact during the Broncos game. The problem is that impact was into a punt returner after the returner called for a fair catch.
During the preseason I take notes just like I do during the regular season. Tight end Andrei Lintz made no impression. The only notes I have on him is that he was signed August 1st and he was cut during the first round of cuts on August 26th.
You can’t miss who never showed up.
Craig Wilkins was an un-drafted free agent looking for a team when the Seahawks picked him up. Now he’s just a free agent looking for a team or a practice squad, when they are formed.
The Seahawks have too many players at wide receiver who aren’t getting many reps. Not nearly enough roster spots for them to have a chance at making the team. Cutting Donavon Kemp, who had 1 target this preseason, and placing Percy Harvin on the reserve PUP list leaves the team with 9.
I hate that the team had to place Jesse Williams on the IR. I was really looking forwards to watching him play this season and proving to the rest of the NFL that John Schneider and Pete Carroll made the right move by taking a chance on a player who had knee injury concerns.
Instead they look like they may have made a mistake. Hopefully he can get his knee right and come back next year. Jesse is a very strong and talented young man if he can stay on the field.
James Carpenter anyone?
The most baffling cut to me has to be the news that the Seahawks cut a linebacker who had 2 sacks, 2 tackles for loss, 2 quarterback hits and a quarterback pressure, Kyle Knox. The only thing I can think of is that linebacker coach Ken Norton Jr. must have been unimpressed with his ability to digest his coaching and respond on the field.
I would have thought his ability to blitz would have kept him around another week.
Gus Bradley knows Knox, and quickly scooped him up for the Jaguars. (Seahawks South)
Martin Parker is a similar situation to that of Kyle Knox. Martin’s issue was that he only made an impression during the Broncos game. I don’t have a snap count for him to compare his production per snap, however I know I have no notes on Parker from the Chargers nor the Packers game.
My guess is consistence was his downfall.
Additional roster moves
As i mentioned above, the Hawks placed Williams on the injured reserve and WR Percy Harvin of the reserve physically unable to perform list. That means Williams is done for the season and Harvin cannot join the team until after week 6.
The Seahawks also placed second year DE Greg Scruggs and rookie CB Tharold Simon on the teams reserve physically unable to perform list.
In order to get down to 75 player they placed LB Korey Toomer on the reserve non-football injury list, which is basically the same as the PUP but for players who were injured last year or during the offseason.
No big surprises this round but I expect we will see one or two during the cut to 53. Watch for my roster projections later in the week.