Seattle Seahawks 53-Man Roster Projection and Training Camp Notes

seatcThe Seattle Seahawks kicked off training camp on July 25th in front of a crowd of 2,800 people at their headquarters in Renton, Washington. There’s plenty of things to take in when attending a training camp practice due to all of the drills taking place at once throughout the set of three practice fields at the VMAC headquarters.

Some players stood out to me for the good — others, not so much. Overall, based off of what I observed during the five sessions of training camp I attended, I have done my best to break the roster down from 90 men to 53. Obviously, anything can happen during the upcoming preseason — trades, cuts, and injuries. However, as of right now, this is how I see the roster looking going into Week 1 of the regular season.

 

Offense (24)

 

Quarterback (2):

QB1: Russell Wilson

QB2: Brady Quinn

Wilson is clearly the starter going into this season; however, the backup quarterback competition is between Brady Quinn & Tarvaris Jackson. Many would believe T-Jack is the logical backup due to him knowing the offense from his previous time here in Seattle, but he was clearly outplayed by Quinn everyday I attended. I like what I saw from Quinn’s deep ball, and ability to run the read-option efficiently. Quinn wins the backup spot, sending T-Jack back to the free agent market.

Cut: Tarvaris Jackson

 

Running Back (4):

RB1: Marshawn Lynch

RB2/KR: Christine Michael

RB3: Robert Turbin

FB: Spencer Ware

The ‘Hawks are a run-first team, therefore you can expect Lynch to carry most of the load again this season, but Michael & Turbin will be splitting a fair share of carries to themselves as well. I loved what I saw out of Michael at training camp. He’s explosive, very quick, and seems to find the hole to run through almost every time he touches the ball. Michael will be dangerous in the return game as well, and should make some big plays this season.

Turbin sat out of practice each day I attended, but I believe his spot is safe at this point in time. I’m assuming Spencer Ware will be molded into a hybrid fullback/tailback type due to his physical toughness as a downhill runner — also the guy has good hands for the receiving game. This leaves veteran Michael Robinson and young Derrick Coleman on the outside looking in.

Robinson will be one of the biggest cuts for the team during the Preseason, releasing him frees some cap room for other players, as well as gives the running game a younger more versatile feel this season. (I do expect San Francisco to be one of the first teams to attempt inquiring Mike Rob upon his release from Seattle.)

Cut: Michael Robinson & Derrick Coleman

 

Wide Receiver (6):

Z1: Sidney Rice

X1/PR: Golden Tate

WR3: Doug Baldwin

WR4: Jermaine Kearse

WR5: Stephen Williams

WR6: Chris Harper

The wide receiver corps looked good the days I attended in Percy Harvin‘s absence. Stephen Williams stood out the most for his big play-making abilities and solid hands. I believe Golden Tate will have the biggest numbers for this group, but Doug Baldwin will be the most talked about receiver due to him stepping up big in Harvin’s vacant spot in the slot.

The coaching staff seems to love Kearse’s transformation from being a standout on special teams last season, to having a bigger role in the passing game this year, especially after his recent off-season lasik eye surgery to improve his vision. Chris Harper hasn’t stood out to me at all so far, hopefully that’ll change during the preseason, because the ‘Hawks seem to see a great deal of potential in this kid. This group should be able to get the job done efficiently without Harvin, after all, they did just fine last season.

Cut: Perez Ashford, Phil Bates, Arceto Clark, Early Doucet (Could push Harper out possibly), Brett Swain, & Bryan Walters.

 

Tight End (3):

TE1: Zach Miller

TE2: Luke Willson

TE3: Sean McGrath

The Seahawks have had a rough time with tight ends so far, due to several injuries at the position early on in camp. Miller is rehabbing a foot injury he acquired towards the end of OTAs; however, the coaching staff expects him to be ready for the start of the regular season. Willson took a stinger to the arm from Winston Guy early on in camp, and missed a day due to it. McGrath has been battling a hamstring injury throughout camp according to reports.

The Hawks need Miller — due to how important he is in the blocking schemes and how valuable he can be in the passing game. Seattle drafted Luke Willson in this year’s draft, and he took plenty of first team reps in Miller’s absence at training camp. Using his exceptional speed and great hands to capitalize on a couple of Russell Wilson passes for touchdowns. I believe Willson can and will be a solid contributor to this offense, as long as he can improve his blocking skills and improve his route running.

Seattle will likely keep McGrath as the third tight end on the roster, since he seems to have developed a good chemistry with Wilson in the passing game, he too had several nice catches during camp, including a few touchdowns. McGrath is also better at blocking than Willson so far, so look for them both to get a good amount of playing time this season — especially if Miller misses any time.

Cut: Darren Fells, Cooper Helfet (will make the team IF an injury sidelines Willson or McGrath; impressed coaches because of his excellent hands), Andrei Lintz, & Michael Palmer.

 

Offensive Line (9):

LT: Russell Okung

LG: James Carpenter

C: Max Unger

RG: J.R. Sweezy

RT: Breno Giacomimi

T: Alvin Bailey

G: Rishaw Johnson

G/C: Lemuel Jeanpierre

T: Michael Bowie

The offensive line should be even more improved this season; a healthy Carpenter will be nice to throw into the mix, after all, he has been one of the most impressive players at camp so far. I love what I saw out of Giacomini, his aggressiveness is the strong point of what he brings to the game, and I expect big things from him this season. Many point out his false start penalties being the biggest flaw of his skill set, but you have to take into consideration, most of those occurred in the first half of last season. I don’t see him getting back into old habits, only up from here.

Sweezy has improved enough to push a vet like McQuistan off of the team, and take full advantage of the starting right guard spot. Alvin Bailey has been one of the under the radar stars of camp, proving he can contribute successfully at backup left tackle or at either guard spots.

Cut: Mike Person, Paul McQuistan (one of the biggest cuts of camp), John Moffitt, Ryan Seymour, & Jared Smith.

 

Defense (26)

 

Defensive Line (7):

5T1: Red Bryant

5T2: Jaye Howard

NT1: Brandon Mebane

NT2: Jesse Williams

3T1: Tony McDaniel

3T2: Jordan Hill

DT/DE: Michael Bennett

Howard will make the roster because of his improved play as camp has progressed, plus I don’t see his college mentor (DC Dan Quinn) letting him go, Quinn sees too much potential in Howard. McDaniel and Hill have both looked good as the 3-technique tackles. Williams could be the biggest weapon on the defensive line, especially learning under vet Brandon Mebane. Williams is built like an upside down pear, literally.

I’m excited to see what he brings to this defense for hopefully years to come. Bennett can be used on the inside and outside, and has a knack for getting to the quarterback often from what I’ve seen on his tape and at camp.

Cut: Kenneth Boatright, Michael Brooks, & Clinton McDonald.

 

Linebacker/LEO (9):

MLB1: Bobby Wagner

WLB1: K.J. Wright

SLB1: Bruce Irvin

LB: Malcolm Smith

LB: John Lotulelei

LB: Allen Bradford

LEO: Cliff Avril

LEO: O’Brien Schofield

LEO: Benson Mayowa

Pete Carroll and Dan Quinn have been persistent in the fact that the strong-side backer (SLB) and the LEO require the same type of player, therefore I’ve included both of them together. This part of the defense will be quite a bit stronger than last season in my opinion, given the new additions and shifting of some of these guys position wise.

Avril, Schofield, and Mayowa are all capable of playing SAM linebackers as well. Smith and Schofield will compete throughout the entire preseason to determine who will fill into the vacant starting SLB spot due to Irvin’s suspension through Week 4, which I believe Schofield will win. Wright should be able to transition from SLB to WLB smoothly this season, and has done well thus far in camp. Bradford proved he’s a capable MLB backup in the days Wagner missed due to a sore shoulder at practice.

Don’t sleep on Mayowa and Lotulelei! These young guys are quick, and have been turning heads throughout all of training camp so far, due to their explosiveness and frequent tendency of getting to the ball carrier quickly and often. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing this group of players perform together this season.

Cut: Heath Farwell, Kyle Knox, Mike Morgan, Ty Powell, Craig Wilkins, & Jameson Konz.

 

Defensive Backs (10):

CB1: Richard Sherman

CB1: Brandon Browner

FS1: Earl Thomas III

SS1: Kam Chancellor

NB: Walter Thurmond III

CB/KR: Will Blackmon

CB: Jeremy Lane

CB: Byron Maxwell

FS2: Jeron Johnson

SS2: Winston Guy

The Legion of Boom will carry 10 guys into this upcoming season; the starters have looked fantastic. Sherman has the most to live up to this season, due to the high expectations surrounding him, given his great campaign in 2012. He’s been able to shut down almost every receiver that has lined up across from him at camp so far, except for a few nice grabs against him by Bates and Kearse. Thomas and Chancellor are the leaders of this squad, and should be able to put up even better numbers this season than they did last year, especially in terms of more forced turnovers.

Walter Thurmond has been the stand out of camp so far, which is why, my boldest prediction of camp is: Thurmond will win the NB spot, sending Antoine Winfield out the door. Thurmond has outperformed Winfield every single day, and I don’t expect anything different in these preseason games, Thurmond beats out Winfield. Will Blackmon has been my sleeper all of camp, due to his skills not only as a cornerback, but also in the return game. Blackmon can contribute at kick and punt return, which definitely helps his case for making this team. The Legion of Boom is destined for even bigger things in 2013 — I guarantee it.

Cut: Ron Parker, DeShawn Shead, Antoine Winfield (Biggest release of the Preseason/could be trade bait), & Chris Maragos.

 

Specialists (3):

K: Steven Hauschka

P: Jon Ryan

LS: Kyle Nelson

Seattle isn’t particularly fond of Hauschka’s struggles to make field goals beyond 50 yards, therefore Carson Wiggs could very well win the job; however, Hauschka has been better so far. Nelson beats out Gresham for the long snapper spot to save cap room.

Cut: Carson Wiggs & Clint Gresham.

 

Total: 53

 

That does it for my 53-man roster projection for the Seattle Seahawks heading into the 2013 season. I hope you all enjoyed reading my training camp notes and observations, as much as I enjoyed attending the practices live this past week. I look forward to seeing how accurate this projection of mine is as the Preseason rolls through. Be sure to comment and let me know what you think of this list. As always, thanks for reading and God Bless. Go Hawks!

Comments

  1. SeattleSprtsHub says

    Solid article Tyler, but quick question do you really think Mike Rob and Winfield will get cut this season?

  2. beanaar87 says

    What about Chris Clemons? Do you see him being IR’d? If he starts the season on the PUP list and can return after week 6 who gets cut to make room for him?