- Terry Blount, ESPN Staff Writer
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Examining the Seattle Seahawks' roster:
The first two spots are locked with Wilson and Jackson as his backup, but the third QB spot is a battle between Pryor and B.J. Daniels. Pryor has the clear advantage due to his size and speed.
RUNNING BACKS (3)
The question is whether Lynch will get fewer carries to keep him fresh, and if so, will Michael or Turbin be the one who gets more carries as the backup. Most are betting on Michael, but Turbin may surprise people this season.
Coleman and Ware are converted running backs, and the Seahawks may see Ware as more of a running back now. The only true fullback is rookie Kiero Small (5-foot-8, 250 pounds), who could beat out Ware but will likely start the season on the practice squad.
Four of these spots are set -- Harvin, Baldwin, Kearse and Richardson, the rookie speedster from Colorado. But nine players are vying for the final two spots. The odd man out for me is veteran Sidney Rice, but he could beat out Lockette or Norwood, the rookie from Alabama. Placing Norwood on the practice squad would be a big risk.
TIGHT ENDS (3)
OFFENSIVE LINEMEN (9)
The one starting battle is at right tackle between Bowie and rookie Britt. Rookie tackles Garry Gilliam and Nate Isles, along with rookie guard Bronson Irwin, have a chance to make the practice squad.
DEFENSIVE LINE (9)
This will be a great battle to watch. A surprise cut is coming and it could be Jordan Hill, the second-year player from Penn State. He may be fighting second-year DT Jesse Williams for a spot, but Williams has to prove he’s healthy. Signing Kevin Williams before minicamp was a major addition to the rotation at defensive tackle. Scruggs’ return after missing last season will help the depth at defensive end. The Seahawks are high on UCLA rookie defensive end Marsh, who also can play inside. Rookie Jimmy Staten probably goes to the practice squad, and free-agent rookie Jackson Jeffcoat of Texas is the man who could sneak in here with a great preseason showing.
Irvin is coming off hip surgery, but he was probably going to lose his spot as the starting strongside linebacker anyway. Depending on his recovery, he could start the year on IR. Toomer has been the biggest surprise of offseason workouts with his stellar play. Pierre-Louis is a super-fast rookie who will contribute a lot on special teams this season. O'Brien Schofield is on the bubble as an outside linebacker/defensive end.
Another tough cut is coming here. Phillip Adams looked good, and he can return kicks. Lane will start as the nickelback and Shead can play corner and safety. Simon, who missed his rookie year last season with injuries, has impressed everyone in the offseason workouts.
Johnson probably is the first backup at both safety spots. Rookie Eric Pinkins is a safety the Seahawks are trying to convert to cornerback, but he could be headed to the practice squad. USC rookie Dion Bailey is on the bubble for making the roster, as is Parks. But Parks has shined in offseason workouts.
These spots are set unless an injury occurs.
Examining the Seattle Seahawks' roster:QUARTERBACKS (3) Russell Wilson Tarvaris Jackson Terrelle Pryor The first two spots are locked with Wilson and Jackson as his backup, but the third QB spot is a battle between Pryor and B.