Monday, September 2, 2013
Three rookies on Seattle practice squad
By Terry Blount
The Seattle Seahawks announced their eight-man practice squad Monday, including three 2013 draft choices -- offensive linemen Ryan Seymour and Jared Smith, and linebacker Ty Powell.
The other five practice squad members are defensive tackles Michael Brooks and Sealver Siliga, tight end Cooper Helfet, defensive back DeShawn Shead and wide receiver Bryan Walters.
The Seahawks wanted to place wide receiver Chris Harper (the team’s fourth-round draft choice) on the practice squad, but he was signed by the San Francisco 49ers Monday. It’s likely Seattle also would have placed tight end Sean McGrath on the practice squad, but he was signed by Kansas City on Sunday.
Siliga (6-foot-2, 325 pounds) was acquired from Denver in the trade that sent guard John Moffitt to the Broncos two weeks ago. Coach Pete Carroll said he has liked what he’s seen in Siliga’s ability to hold his ground inside at the line of scrimmage.
Smith (6-4, 300) was a defensive tackle at New Hampshire and a seventh-round draft choice for Seattle, but the Seahawks moved him to center in training camp.
Seymour (6-4, 300) is a seventh-round choice from Vanderbilt. Powell (6-2, 250 from Harding) also was a seventh-round pick. He has worked at defensive end and linebacker.
As expected, teams were interested in several of the Seahawks' final cuts. Along with McGrath, the Chiefs also signed cornerback Ron Parker and defensive tackle Jaye Howard off Seattle’s cut list.
The Jacksonville Jaguars signed safety Winston Guy on Sunday and the New York Jets signed quarterback Brady Quinn Monday.