NFC West: Dave Philistin

Catching up with the Seahawks' cut list

September, 10, 2009
9/10/09
11:12
AM ET

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Seahawks Player Released on Cutdown Pos. Current Team Capacity
Brian Russell
DB Jaguars Active Roster
Marquis Floyd
DB Browns Active Roster
Kevin Hobbs
DB Lions Active Roster
Devin Moore
RB Seahawks Practice Squad
Jamar Adams
DB Seahawks Practice Squad
Mike Hass
WR Seahawks Practice Squad
Logan Payne
WR Seahawks Practice Squad
Baraka Atkins
DL -- --
Brian De La Puente
OL -- --
Brandon Coutu
K -- --
Dave Philistin
LB -- --
Jeff Rowe
QB -- --
David Kirtman
RB -- --
Courtney Greene
DB -- --
Nate Ness
DB -- --
Na'Shan Goddard
OL -- --
Andre Ramsey
OL -- --
William Robinson
OL -- --
Joe Newton
TE -- --
Jordan Kent
WR -- --
Courtney Taylor
WR -- --
Cory Withrow
OL -- --
D.D. Lewis
LB -- --

The tough decisions teams face in reducing their rosters to 53 players sometimes aren't so tough.

They were arguably tougher for the Seahawks than for other teams in the division.

Three of the players Seattle released on its initial cutdown to 53 players have joined active rosters elsewhere in the league. Aaron Francisco, cut by the Cardinals, and Phil Trautwein, cut by the Rams, are the only other initial NFC West castoffs to join active rosters for other teams.

Seattle's Brian Russell (Jaguars), Marquis Floyd (Browns) and Kevin Hobbs (Lions) currently reside on active rosters. The Seahawks re-signed to their practice squad running back Devin Moore, safety Jamar Adams, receiver Mike Hass and receiver Logan Payne.

The apparent drama at receiver left Jordan Kent and Courtney Taylor on the outside. Kent reached an injury settlement following his release. Taylor remains available. Neither player has eligibility for the practice squad.

Defensive lineman Baraka Atkins and kicker Brandon Coutu appeared close to earning roster spots. The Seahawks once thought Coutu might have trade value. That wasn't the case in the end.
Ex-Seahawks eligible for
practice squad
Pos.
Jamar Adams
DB
Brandon Coutu
K
Brian De La Puente
OL
Marquis Floyd
DB
Na'Shan Goddard
OL
Courtney Greene
DB
Mike Hass
WR
Devin Moore
RB
Nate Ness
DB
Joe Newton
TE
Logan Payne
WR
Dave Philistin
LB
Andre Ramsey
OL
William Robinson
OL
Jeff Rowe
QB

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando


NFL teams can begin forming eight-man practice squads once released players clear waivers this afternoon.

The Seahawks faced tougher decisions on the reduction to 53 players because some of their young prospects, notably receivers Courtney Taylor and Jordan Kent, had no remaining eligibility for the practice squad following an injury-plagued 2008 season.

Defensive end Baraka Atkins, cornerback Kevin Hobbs and fullback David Kirtman are also among the recently released Seattle players without eligibility for the practice squad. Receiver Mike Hass also caught some fans' attention.

The chart shows recently released Seattle players who remain eligible. Safety Jamar Adams, kicker Brandon Coutu, safety Courtney Greene, receiver Logan Payne and tight end Joe Newton could be among the candidates.

Seahawks: Cutdown analysis

September, 5, 2009
9/05/09
7:06
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Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando


Biggest surprise: Starting free safety Brian Russell, signed in 2007 after the Seahawks grew tired of assignment errors in the secondary, seemed to fend off a challenge from versatile backup Jordan Babineaux. That made Russell's release a surprise even though coach Jim Mora had said Babineaux would compete for the job in camp. The team went with Ben Obomanu as its fifth and final receiver, releasing Courtney Taylor and Jordan Kent. Rookie defensive linemen Nick Reed and Michael Bennett joined preseason surprise Derek Walker among 11 defensive linemen, prevailing at Baraka Atkins' expense -- a big surprise. Rookie seventh-rounder Cameron Morrah beat out Joe Newton as the third tight end. Veteran kicker Olindo Mare beat out second-year pro and 2008 draft choice Brandon Coutu in a close battle. The team cleared another spot by placing starting corner Marcus Trufant on the physically unable to perform list, helping corner Travis Fisher earn a spot among the initial roster. Keeping 11 defensive linemen meant keeping only six linebacker, costing versatile veteran D.D. Lewis a job.

No-brainers: The Seahawks also released safety Jamar Adams, guard Brian De La Puente, cornerback Marquis Floyd, tackle Na'Shan Goddard, safety Courtney Greene, receiver Mike Hass, cornerback Kevin Hobbs, fullback David Kirtman, running back Devin Moore, cornerback Nate Ness, tight end Joe Newton, receiver Logan Payne, linebacker Dave Philistin, tackle Andre Ramsey, tackle William Robinson, quarterback Jeff Rowe.

What's next: The Seahawks reduced to 52 players with these moves, but the team was expected to add veteran safety Lawyer Milloy for depth and experience.

Practice-squad report: Seahawks

August, 21, 2009
8/21/09
10:46
AM ET
Seahawks eligible for
practice squad
Pos. Perceived Status
Jamar Adams
DB
Bubble
Marquis Floyd
DB
Likely cut
Courtney Greene
DB
Likely cut
Michael Bennett
DL
Bubble
Nick Reed
DL
Bubble
Derek Walker
DL
Likely cut
Kevin Brown
DL
Likely cut
Red Bryant
DL
Keeper
Aaron Curry
LB
Keeper
Dave Philistin
LB
Likely cut
Shane Simmons
LB
Likely cut
Max Unger
OL
Keeper
Mansfield Wrotto
OL
Keeper
Na'Shan Goddard
OL
Likely cut
Andre Ramsey
OL
Likely cut
William Robinson
OL
Likely cut
Kyle Williams
OL
Bubble
Jeff Rowe
QB
Likely cut
Mike Teel
QB
Keeper
Dan Curran
RB
Likely cut
Devin Moore
RB
Likely cut
Brandon Coutu
ST
Bubble
Cameron Morrah
TE
Bubble
Joe Newton
TE
Bubble
John Tereshinski
TE
Likely cut
Michael Bumpus
WR
Bubble
Deon Butler
WR
Keeper
Mike Hass
WR
Bubble
Logan Payne
WR
Bubble

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

The race among Seahawks receivers for the last couple roster spots features high stakes.

Contenders Jordan Kent, Ben Obomanu and Courtney Taylor are no longer eligible for the practice squad. One or two of them could be finished in Seattle, at least for now, if they fail to earn spots on the initial -- not even close to final -- 53-man roster.

Kent and Taylor each were active for at least nine games last season -- Obomanu was active for 12 in 2007 -- as the Seahawks worked through catastrophic injuries at the position. That made each receiver ineligible for future practice squads.

Deon Butler, Mike Hass, Logan Payne and Michael Bumpus are the current Seattle receivers with eligibility remaining. Butler is expected to emerge from camp as the fourth receiver behind T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Deion Branch and Nate Burleson.

The chart shows all 29 current Seahawks players with eligibility, arranged by position.

NFL teams must reduce rosters from 80 to 75 players Sept. 1. They must reduce to 53 players Sept. 5. They can begin forming eight-man practice squads Sept. 6 at noon ET.

As the NFL puts it:

After 12 noon, New York time, clubs may establish a practice squad of eight players by signing free agents who do not have an accrued season of free-agency credit or who were on the 45-player active list for less than nine regular-season games during their only accrued season(s).
A player cannot participate on the practice squad for more than three seasons.

The situation at tight end remains quite competitive, with Joe Newton and Cameron Morrah likely competing for one roster spot behind John Carlson and John Owens.

The Seahawks face tough decisions on the defensive line, with Nick Reed and Michael Bennett fighting for spots on the 53-man roster. Baraka Atkins is not eligible for the practice squad after playing 12 games as a rookie in 2007 and nine more last season.

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Position ARI SF STL SEA
QB
0/4 1/5 0/4 0/4
RB 0/8 1/7 1/8 2/7
WR 2/10 1/10 2/11 0/11
TE 0/5 0/4 0/5 0/5
OL 2/14 3/14 5/16 1/13
DL 0/10 2/9 3/14 1/13
LB 2/11 1/12 2/10 2/9
DB 3/16 3/15 2/15 0/13
ST 0/4 0/5 0/3 0/5
Totals
9/82 12/81 15/86 6/80

NFC West teams have signed 42 undrafted free agents in preparation for post-draft minicamps beginning Friday.

Twenty-one play offense. Twenty-one play defense. Six come from the Big 12 Conference. Five come from the Big Ten, five from the SEC, four from the ACC and four from the Mountain West.

Great, but which ones will earn roster spots when NFL rules force teams to reduce rosters to 53 players Sept. 5? You tell me. I'll track the predictions made in the comments section of this item and shower praise upon the enlightened.

The chart shows how many undrafted rookies each NFC West team is carrying out of the total number of players at each position. For example, two of the Cardinals' 10 receivers are undrafted rookies. Zero of the Seahawks' 11 receivers are undrafted rookies. And so on.

Seattle is carrying nine linebackers, even with Leroy Hill on the roster. Two of the seven -- Mississippi's Tony Fein and Maryland's Dave Philistin -- are rookie free agents. Three others -- Lance Lawry, D.D. Lewis and David Hawthorne -- were not drafted.

The Rams have five undrafted rookie offensive linemen. They have 16 offensive linemen overall. Jason Smith, Jason Brown, Jacob Bell, Richie Incognito, Alex Barron and John Greco will presumably earn roster spots. Adam Goldberg and Mark Setterstrom could also be favorites. The team would likely keep a ninth offensive lineman. Roy Schuening? Or perhaps one of the rookies?

Also: I've updated the 26-column NFC West rosters to reflect the 49ers' rookie free agents and Hill's new deal with Seattle. Download here. I also added two sheets breaking down the rookie free agents in greater detail (cheat sheets for predicting which ones might stick).

Heads up: The Rams released quarterback Jeff Otis, giving them four quarterbacks. Defensive tackle Michael Marquardt was also released.

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

NFL teams are adding free agents to fill out their rosters. Seattle has signed the following players, according to the team:

I'm sitting next to NFL Draft Scout analyst Rob Rang at the moment. Of the six, he singled out Bennett and Moore as players to watch.

Bennett's brother, Martellus, plays tight end for the Cowboys. Michael Bennett has the talent but hasn't always shown consistency, Rang said. Moore is a fast and versatile runner with better straight-line speed than current Seattle backup Justin Forsett, according to Rang.

I'll pass along information on other undrafted free-agent signings as I can confirm them.

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