Originally I wanted to do all of the Seattle Seahawks cuts on one easy piece but as you probably know I get a bit long winded at times. That, coupled with the fact I don’t like when pieces get to 1,000 words, makes it hard to talk about 75 players in one post.
I’d basically get one sentence a piece and in the words of my niece, “I’m not about that life.”
Russell Wilson and Tarvaris Jackson make the team. It was a forgone conclusion that this was Wilson’s team while Jackson was in a position battle with Brady Quinn. Brady played well but Tarvaris flat out outplayed him.
What I saw this preseason gives me a lot of hope that if the Seahawks need to use he will be able to deliver.
I honestly believe that Pete Carroll and John Schneider drafted Spencer Ware with the intention of having him replace Michael Robinson for cap relief. Robinson’s scheduled $2.5 million this season is a bit high as the team try’s to set itself up for next season when they need space to sign players like Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas.
Especially when there is no dead money if the team releases him.
Ware did not pan out but Derrick Coleman has looked good enough as a blocker as well as a pass catcher out of the backfield to unseat the veteran, especially with Robinson’s illness.
Robinson could throw a wrench into this plan if he is willing to sign an extension with a pay cut, or just flat out take a pay cut to remain with the team.
If Robinson takes a pay cut he will also need to be healthy because I can’t see the Seahawks entering the game in Carolina with Marshawn Lynch, Christine Michael and Robert Turbin as the only backs suited and I don’t see the team carrying 2 fullbacks.
WR (6) + Percy Harvin on PUP
- Doug Baldwin
Phil Bates Arceto Clark Chris Harper
- Percy Harvin
- Jermaine Kearse
- Sidney Rice
- Golden Tate
- Bryan Walters
- Stephen Williams
Stephen Williams has been a force during the preseason. He gives the Seahawks a legitimate deep threat and will make the team as long as his head injury is not too severe.
The final offensive roster spot was up for grabs, literally, between Bryan Walters and Chris Harper. Phil Bates and Arceto Clark were already as good as cut. Harper’s dropped touchdown pass, followed by a drop on a would be first down, sealed his fate especially when Walters played well.
On the box score of the Raiders game you will see Walters had a fumble but had the Seahawks not recovered the ball the officials would have seen that the ground caused the ball to pop loose after his elbow and forearm hit the ground.
Bryan had already been hit by a defender so he would have been down.
Darren Fells did everything he could during the final preseason game to earn a roster spot but the battle had already been decided. As for Cooper Helfet, his two drops in the game really hurt his very slim chances of making the team.
- Alvin Bailey – T
Michael Bowie – T
- Breno Giacomini – T
- Paul McQuistan – T/G
- Russell Okung – T
- Mike Person – T
- James Carpenter – G
Rishaw Johnson – G
- Ryan Seymour – G
Jared Smith – G
- JR Sweezy – G
- Max Unger – C
- Lemuel Jeanpierre – C/G
Picking the rest of the lineman was tough.
Mike Person wins the backup RT spot by default after Michael Bowie suffered a shoulder injury in the Seahawks final preseason game. Alvin Bailey showed enough promise to back up Russell Okung at left tackle.
The guard position is a mess. If James Carpenter can come back and start at left guard it will allow Paul McQuistan to move over and start at right guard. That would instantly improve the offensive line and put JR Sweezy as a backup which is where he belongs at this point in his career.
Rishaw Johnson has never impressed me and his holding penalties were enough for me to make the cut. I could still see him making the roster which would mean both Jared Smith and Ryan Seymour would get cut.
Since I cut Johnson it came down to a decision between Jared Smith and Ryan Seymour as the teams 4th and final guard.
I chose to keep Seymour but I believe Smith will land on the teams practice squad.
As you can tell I have split the team right down the middle. 25 players on offense and 25 players on defense while the 53 is rounded out by 3 specialists.
It is a long season and I expect more than one change to occur to the roster during the course of it but one thing is for sure…
It’s going to be one heck of a ride