By Jarrod Patterson @J_M_Patterson on September 3, 2014
For Pete Carroll's Seattle Seahawks, the 2014 NFL preseason is now behind them and despite a mere record of 2-2, they've managed to increase the competition at every position on the roster. However, that should come as no surprise to anyone who has visited the Seahawks' training facilities. After all, the mantra "Always Compete" is everywhere. As a result, they may have the deepest roster in the NFL. Here is a Week 1 depth chart projection.
QB1-Russell Wilson QB2-Tarvaris Jackson
The big surprise here is the lack of Terrelle Pryor, who was released earlier this week. The fact is, however, Tarvaris Jackson is simply a more reliable backup to Russell Wilson.
RB1-Marshawn Lynch RB2-Robert Turbin RB3-Christine Michael FB-Derrick Coleman
Seahawk fans were obviously thrilled to see the Beast back in action after a brief contract dispute earlier in the preseason. At FB, Derrick Coleman has solidified his job as the starter while former seventh-round draft pick Spencer Ware was released. Additionally, Turbin is listed at No. 2 ahead of Michael in an interesting turn of events.
WR1-Doug Baldwin WR2-Percy Harvin WR3-Jermaine Kearse WR4-Ricardo Lockette WR5-Paul Richardson WR6-Kevin Norwood WR7-Bryan Walters
At this point, WR may be the most intriguing position group on the team. Nobody had Seattle keeping seven receivers on their roster, but that's how things now stand. Of course, if Norwood doesn't heal soon, he could find himself on IR. Additionally, don't be surprised if Richardson surpasses Lockette.
TE1-Zach Miller TE2-Luke Willson TE3-Cooper Helfet
The only marginal suprise here was the addition of Cooper Helfet to the 53-man roster. Last season, Seattle chose to keep just two TEs on their active roster, those being Miller and Willson. Helfet has developed quite a bit the past two offseasons with Seattle and could be ready for a contributing role.
LT-Russell Okung LG-James Carpenter C-Max Unger RG-J.R. Sweezy RT-Justin Britt; Backups T-Alvin Bailey, Gerry Gilliam G/C-Stephen Schilling, Lemuel Jean-Pierre
Okung and Unger are the heart and soul of this unit. Sweezy brings a lot of nasty, and the big surprise this year will likely be the progress of former first-round draft pick James Carpenter, who looks better than ever at LG. Schilling provides valuable depth at both G and C.
LDE-Michael Bennett LDT-Tony McDaniel RDT-Brandon Mebane RDE-Cliff Avril; Backups DE-Greg Scruggs, O'Brien Schofield, Cassius Marsh DT-Kevin Williams, Jordan Hill
Aside from their secondary, Seattle's defensive line was the strength of their defense last year. Coordinator Dan Quinn's ability to constantly rotate talented linemen into the game can wear the opposition down quickly. Early standouts include DE Schofield and DT Hill.
MLB-Bobby Wagner ROLB- K.J. Wright LOLB- Malcolm Smith; Backups LB-Bruce Irvin, Mike Morgan, Kevin Pierre-Louis, Brock Coyle
Seahawk fans were certainly happy to see MLB Wagner return to the field Week 4 of the preseason. His presence is invaluable for Seattle. Unfortunately, Irvin's health status for Week 1 is currently in question, possibly leaving Morgan as Seattle's only veteran depth early in the year.
LCB-Richard Sherman RCB-Byron Maxwell SLOT-Jeremy Lane FS-Earl Thomas SS-Kam Chancellor; Backups CB-Tharold Simon, Marcus Burley S-Jeron Johnson, DeShawn Shead
Just mentioning The Legion of Boom strikes fear in offensive coordinators league-wide. Few secondaries in the NFL can boast such talent on the back end of their defense. Shockingly enough, FS Earl Thomas is somewhat overlooked despite being a top-5 defensive player in the NFL.
P-Jon Ryan K-Steven Hauschka LS-Clint Gresham
No. 1 overall defense in the NFL? Check. Up-and-coming QB capable of putting up top-5 numbers? Check. One of the best RBs in the league? Check. It's really no surprise why specialists get no love in Seattle, but P Jon Ryan has quietly been one of Seattle's best kept secrets; Steven Hauschka has also been lights out. When you're good, you're good.
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