Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Looking At the Final Roster and Practice Squad

Looking At the Final Roster and Practice Squad

The Seahawks have announced their final 53 man roster and their practice squad. Here’s a quick run-down. I should mention that this is as of early Tuesday Sept. 6. I say that because the team could make changes as I’m writing this, so…Check Your Programs! Seriously, this time of year roster changes can happen at the blink of an eye; a player we’ve had our eyes on gets released by a team hoping to ‘hide ‘the player for a day, just to be able to resign him. But, enough front office worries, so here you go:


No real surprise here. Russell Wilson and Trevone Boykin. Jake Heaps has been released. Many of the NFL ‘experts’ are pegging Russell to have and MVP type year. With the way he played the second half of last season, it’s not a big stretch. Some seem surprised that we kept undrafted free agent Boykin as the backup. Personally, I can see Trevone becoming a Wilson style quarterback. He is about as close, physical-wise, as you can get to Russell, it’ll just be if he has it ‘between the ears’. Should be a fun project to watch, I just hope we don’t have to call on Trevone during the season, for any extended periods. Wouldn’t surprise me if the Seahawks, at some point, signed a veteran QB to the practice squad.

Running Back

Second year Thomas Rawls should be ready to go this week, with veteran Christine Michael as the back up. With the preseason Michael had, if he can keep it up, may give the Seahawks one of the best one-two punches at running back in the league. Rookie CJ Prosise has been called the third down back, used much like Fred Jackson has been the last couple of seasons. He has looked pretty impressive during limited action in the preseason. The surprise for a lot of fans was the fourth running back. Rookie Alex Collins didn’t have a lot of carries in the preseason, and many thought the team would keep Troymaine Pope, who saw a lot of play in the preseason. Not sure if the team thought they could resign Pope to the practice squad; he is now a New York Jet. Feel pretty confident with Collins myself, as he has shown signs of having a little Marshawn Lynch in him. As always, only time will tell.


This time yesterday we wouldn’t have had a need for this section, but the Seahawks have resigned rookie Tani Topou. I had heard they might resign Will Tukuafu after cutting him on Saturday. Something about his contract not being guaranteed if he’s not on the roster for the first game. Not sure which way we will go here, but I’m assuming we signed Topou instead because he has also played a lot of defensive line, and we’re a little thin in that area.

Wide Receiver

Veterans Doug Baldwin, Jermaine Kearse, Tyler Lockett, and Paul Richardson were locks. The fifth spot went to Tanner McEvoy, a 6-6 rookie out of Wisconsin. McEvoy impressed me during the preseason, knowing how to use his size against smaller defensive backs. Just a side note; they say Tanner used to play safety. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a 6-6 safety. Would be fun to watch, I guess. Additionally, McEvoy has spent a little time at tight end during the preseason, and with Jimmy Graham still being questionable, and rookie Vannett being banged up, it helps to have players capable of filling in at multiple positions.

Tight Ends

Jimmy Graham and Luke Willson are back again, along with rookie Vannett. Also, the team kept Brandon Williams, a fourth year player out of Oregon. I was impressed with Williams play over the last two preseason games, but wasn’t sure if it would be enough to make the team. His pass catching ability along with his blocking apparently was enough to make the team. Injuries to Vannett and the lengthy rehab for Graham may have pushed the team to keep Williams also. I’d like to see him have a good year. I’ always believe our offense moves better with more use of the tight end in the passing game.


Gary Gilliam (R), J’Marcus Webb (R), Bradley Sowell (L) George Fant (L)  Webb is listed on the depth chart as the backup on both sides, with rookie Fant being listed as third team on the left side. With all the OTA and mini camp press about Gilliam moving from right to left, now starting again at right, I’m guessing Sowell impressed the coaching staff enough to leave Gilliam on the right. The tackle play has been pretty good during the preseason. Once again, it’s just going to take time for the offensive line to get used to each other. Just about anything will be an improvement over last year.


Germain Ifedi (R), Mark Glowinski (L), Rees Odhiambo. Rees is listed as backup on both sides. Only having three guards on the active roster seems a little light to me, considering Ifedi and Odhiambo are both rookies. I know a lot of offensive linemen have experience at multiple positions, which helps in the event of an injury. Ifedi has shown to have a bit of a mean streak so lets hope his coaches and teammates can keep him under control.


Justin Britt, Joey Hunt. Britt has made the switch to center, and looks as if he is working out fine. Again, only time against other teams’ starters will be the true test, but he has done a good job in the preseason. Rookie Hunt making the team kind of surprised me. Letting Patrick Lewis go, after numerous starts last year, left me feeling a little shaky, but apparently the coaches saw enough in Hunt to feel safe.

Defensive End

Michael Bennett (L) Quinton Jefferson (L) Cliff Avril (R), Frank Clark (R) I put right and left in here, but these guys move around a lot, so it may be a moot point. Rookie Jefferson is the only question mark I see here, as we’ve seen enough of the other three to know what they’re capable of. Many, me included, expect big things from this group, Clark in particular. With some of the flashes we saw during his rookie year, I think that he may become one of the special players on this defense.

Defensive Tackle

Ahtyba Rubin (L) Garrison Smith (L) Tony McDaniel (R) Jarran Reed (R). These positions are the same as the defensive ends, as they move around a lot. These positions have also changed quite a bit over the last 24 hours. We just claimed Smith from the 49ers yesterday. Before getting Smith, McDaniel was listed as the backup at the left end, with Reed the starter on the right. Putting Smith as the backup on the left moved McDaniel to the starter on the right, with rookie Reed as the backup. McDaniel’s familiarity in the system may have something to do with this. I know the team expects big things from Reed this season, hope we see them. The team had room for Smith after safety L.J. McCray, acquired in a trade Saturday, failed the team physical.

Outside Linebacker

Mike Morgan, Cassius Marsh, K.J. Wright, Kevin Pierre-Louis. Morgan has won the job replacing Bruce Irvin at SAM linebacker, with Marsh making the switch from defensive end to be the backup. Morgan has a ton of experience with Pete’s system, having played for him at USC, and K.J. is as steady as they come. Dewey McDonald, acquired in a trade with Oakland Saturday, is now listed as the third team linebacker behind Wright and Pierre-Louis on the depth chart, though on the roster he is listed as a defensive back. Once again, versatility helps!

Middle Linebacker

Bobby Wagner, Brock Coyle. No surprises at this position. I think Wagner is as good as there is in the game today. As long as we can stay healthy, this position will be fine.


Richard Sherman (L), Tharold Simon (L), Jeremy Lane (R), DeShawn Shead (R), DeAndre Elliott (R). Only news here is who made the fifth position. With a lot of players in camp, I’m sure it was a tough call for the coaching staff. I hadn’t seed much of Elliott until the final preseason game, but he looked impressive there. Apparently the coaches agreed, cutting Tye Smith and Marcus Burley on Saturday. I’m guessing Elliott may have shown more consistency on special teams, which helps when there are a lot of players for just a couple of roster spots.

Strong Safety

Kam Chancellor, Kelcie McCray. Feeling pretty positive with the players here, also. Kam is, well, Kam, and we all know what he brings to the field. McCray, now in his fifth year, has a full season under his belt in the Seahawk system, starting three games last year. He may not be the enforcer that Kam is (who is?) but he has great ball skills, and familiarity with the players around him.

Free Safety

Earl Thomas, Steven Terrell, Tyvis Powell. Thomas and Terrell were expected, Powell is a little surprising, to me anyway. I really thought the team was leaning towards Keenan Lambert, if we kept a third player here at all. Perhaps Powell impressed enough on special teams to warrant keeping him on the active roster. I’ll admit he did look good covering kicks during the second or third game, I just wasn’t sure it was enough. Regardless, with All World Earl and Terrell ahead of him, he may not see many snaps, other than special teams.

Special Teams

Punter-Jon Ryan----All World, if he keeps kicking like he did in preseason, they’re going to suspect PED’s

Kicker Steven Hauschka---Mr. Reliable, Steady Eddy

Long Snapper Nolan Frese, Bradley Sowell. Frese was a little shaky at times during preseason. Let’s hope it was just the nagging injury we heard about.

Kickoff & Punt Return Tyler Lockett Mr. Excitement. Nothing better than watching him field a kick with a full head of steam.

Practice Squad

As of …..NOW, no….NOW..

This group can change quickly, so hold on!

Tylor Harris-Undrafted Free Agent (UFA) 2016-Wake Forest-Defensive End

Kenny Lawler-7th Rd 2016-California-Wide Receiver

Marcus Lucas-UFA 2014-Missouri-Tight End

Kache Palacio-UFA 2016-Washington State-Linebacker

Will Pericak-UFA 2013-Colorado-Guard/Center

Rodney Smith-UFA 2013-Florida St.-Wide Receiver

Jordan Tripp-5th Rd 2014-Montana-Linebacker

Kasen Williams-UFA 2015-Washington-Wide Receiver

So that’s where we stand roster-wise as of today, Tuesday Sept. 6, 2016. Not saying it hasn’t changed since I started typing, and if it has, sorry. Looking forward to week one game against the Dolphins, as we haven’t played them much as of late. I’m really expecting/hoping for big things from the team. Should be exciting; surprisingly a total of 15 rookies on the roster today. 28% of the roster is rookies. Another twelve with only one or two year’s experience. So 27 players, over 50%, were not on the Super Bowl 48 winning team. Why not let these players know what it feels like? Ok, that’s enough.  Until next time……………..Go Hawks!!!

NOTE: See? Soon as I was done publishing the Seahawks signed the final two players to the practice squad. Just to mess with me. They are as follows:

Tacoby Cofield-UFA 2015 –Duke-Tackle

Justin Hamilton-UFA 2015-Louisiana-Lafeyette Defensive Tackle
   *Hamilton was cut by the Seahawks when they signed Garrison Smith on Monday.

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