Seattle Seahawks 2014 Season: Predicting the Final 53-Man Roster
The Seattle Seahawks have until Aug. 30 to reach their final 53-man roster. These are the players that I predict will start the season to take on the Green Bay Packers at CenturyLink Field on Sept. 4.
Russell Wilson, Tarvaris Jackson, Terrelle Pryor
No surprises up front. Jackson is the obvious No. 2 QB on the roster, but I think Pryor will stick around based on his athletic ability. Maybe offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell will get creative and find ways to use Pryor. Then again, I could also see the Seahawks opting to go with the usual two QBs, or even keeping B.J. Daniels instead.
Marshawn Lynch, Robert Turbin, Christine Michael, Derrick Coleman
If Pete Carroll decides to go with three QBs, then he could also decide to carry four RBs instead of five like he has in the past. Plus Seattle is not using the fullback quite as often as they used to. This is a tough call, but I think that Spencer Ware and Kiero Small could potentially land on the practice squad.
Percy Harvin, Jermaine Kearse, Doug Baldwin, Paul Richardson, Ricardo Lockette, Phil Bates
This is a tough group to call on the back end. I would place Kevin Norwood on this list over Bates, but the Seahawks will be eligible to list Norwood as an IR exception, which allows them to take him off the list at any time. When that time comes, he will more than likely replace Bates. The rest of the list is a lock to make the final roster.
Zach Miller, Luke Willson, Cooper Helfet
This list should include Anthony McCoy, but he was lost for the second straight year. Helfet is reliable, but he injured his shoulder against the Chicago Bears last week and was unable to return. I don't think the injury is that serious, so I think the Seahawks will choose to hold on to him. Miller and Willson will continue to see the most playing time at tight end.
Russell Okung, James Carpenter, Max Unger, J.R. Sweezy, Justin Britt, Eric Winston, Alvin Bailey, Lemuel Jeanpierre, Caylin Hauptmann, Gary Gilliam
Hauptmann can basically play anywhere on the offensive line, which makes him valuable. The rest of the line is pretty straight forward with the exception of Gilliam. I have him over guys like Stephen Schilling because of his upside. Honestly, though, hopefully it never has to get to that point.
Michael Bennett, Cliff Avril, Tony McDaniel, Brandon Mebane, Jordan Hill, Kevin Williams, Cassius Marsh, O’Brien Schofield, D’Anthony Smith, Greg Scruggs.
Here I am combining guys like Mebane with edge rushers like Avril. Had I written this three weeks ago, I probably would have had Benson Mayowa over Schofield. Seattle could choose to keep both by cutting back elsewhere or not. Bottom line: Schofield has been much better this preseason.
Bobby Wagner, K.J. Wright, Malcolm Smith, Bruce Irvin, Brock Coyle, Kevin Pierre-Louis
This is the toughest group to call in my opinion. Korey Toomer and Irvin are injured, but Irvin starts practicing next week, so I'm taking a chance on him. Seattle could just as easily start the season with Mike Morgan until Irvin is able to come back. Captain Heath Farwell suffered from a groin injury that requires surgery, so he's off the table.
Richard Sherman, Byron Maxwell, Jeremy Lane, Tharold Simon, Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor, Jeron Johnson, DeShawn Shead
This group is ridiculous. A.J. Jefferson is the only other defensive back on the Seahawks' roster I thought had an outside shot, but he was placed on IR after injuring his ankle. Shead is able to play both safety and cornerback if needed.
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Steven Hauschka, Jon Ryan, Clint Gresham
Hauschka kicks field goals. Ryan punts. Gresham snaps the ball a long ways.