Monday, August 18, 2014
Seattle Seahawks' projected roster
By Terry Blount
Examining the Seattle Seahawks' roster:
Pryor certainly didn't hurt his chances with an impressive 44-yard TD run in the second half of the 41-14 victory over the Chargers Friday night. But the jury still is out on Pryor's passing skills. He was 1-of-4 for 10 yards. Jackson did not play Friday, but it's unimaginable they would release him to keep Pryor and only go with two QBs without Jackson. B.J. Daniels, who also is hoping to earn a spot, played well Friday, scoring a 6-yard run after leading the team on a seven-play, 55-yard drive. But's he's a long shot to make it.
RUNNING BACKS (3)
After a bad game at Denver, Turbin was impressive Friday night with 81 yards on 12 carries, including a 47-yard run. Michael, who is vying for the backup role behind Lynch, fumbled for the second time in two games. Turbin is the No. 2 guy right now until Michael proves otherwise.
Coleman and Ware are converted running backs, and the Seahawks might 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. Ware is on the bubble for making it.
Four of these spots are set -- Harvin, Baldwin, Kearse and Richardson, the rookie speedster from Colorado, who has been everything the coaches hoped he would be. But eight players are vying for the final two spots, or maybe just one spot. Norwood, a rookie from Alabama, has played well but had foot surgery last week, so his status is uncertain. That opens up a possible spot. Ricardo Lockette and Walters are the likely candidates. Walters did a nice job returning punts Friday night, but Lockette has 4.3 speed and is good on punt coverage. It's a toss up. University of Washington rookie Kevin Smith has played well and could be headed for the practice squad. Bates isn't a sure thing, but the coaches have praised him a lot in camp.
TIGHT ENDS (3)
Sad news last week when Anthony McCoy, who missed all of last season with a torn Achilles tendon, tore his other Achilles tendon and is out for the season. There appears to be a three-man battle for the third spot between Helfet, undrafted rookie Rashaun Allen and recently signed rookie Morrell Presley. But Seahawks coach Pete Carroll has praised Helfet.
OFFENSIVE LINEMEN (9)
All the decisions here are about which men will be the four or five backups. Bailey and Jeanpierre probably are locked in. Schilling is in a battle with veteran guard Wade Smith, who was signed two weeks ago, for a roster spot. But Schilling has shown he also can play center. Britt, a rookie from Missouri, probably will start at right tackle, but the Seahawks signed the veteran Winston as insurance. Winston also will help Britt learn the position. Rookie tackles Garry Gilliam and Nate Isles have a chance to make the practice squad.
DEFENSIVE LINE (9)
Second-year defensive tackle Jesse Williams suffered a season-ending knee injury last week, but signing Williams before minicamp was a major addition to the rotation at defensive tackle. The big battle here is between Schofield and Benson Mayowa for a rush end spot. Schofield jumped ahead of Mayowa Friday when Schofield had a sack, and tackle for loss and three QB hits. Scruggs’ return after missing last season will help the depth because he can play defensive end and defensive tackle. The Seahawks are high on UCLA rookie defensive end Marsh, who will factor in in nickel packages. Rookie Jimmy Staten probably goes to the practice squad. Hill has been a disappointment so far in the preseason.
Bruce Irvin (hip surgery) and Korey Toomer (hamstring injury) are on the preseason PUP list. Whether either player will be ready to start the season is hard to say. If neither man starts the season, it's good news for rookie Coyle, who has been the biggest surprise at camp. He has started at MLB (Wagner has a hamstring injury) in both preseason games and played pretty well. Coyle probably is battling special-teams captain Heath Farwell for a roster spot. It would be hard to keep both of them. A really difficult cut is coming here. Smith also is recovering from ankle surgery, leaving the team thin, for now, at outside linebacker. Pierre-Louis is a super-fast rookie who will contribute a lot on special teams this season. The Seahawks could keep seven linebackers and one fewer defensive back. The coaches moved rookie defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat to outside linebacker, but will have to play well in final two preseason games to make the team.
Another tough cut is coming here. A.J. Jefferson had a great game at Denver, but suffered a significant ankle injury and is out for several weeks and may not be ready to start the season. So Adams could get that fifth CB spot. He has looked good and he can return kicks. Lane will start as the nickelback. Simon, who missed his rookie year last season with injuries, has impressed everyone with his athleticism. He had a 103-yard interception return for a TD Friday night, but it was called back for a controversial illegal contact flag.
Johnson is the first backup at both safety spots and he had a sack on a blitz in Friday's game. Shead is listed as a cornerback, but the team needs him more at the safety spots. Chancellor is practicing again after offseason hip surgery. He probably will start in this week's preseason game against Chicago. Rookie Eric Pinkins might spend the season on IR after injuring his foot.
These spots are set unless an injury occurs.