Seattle Seahawks' projected roster


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 advantage because of his size and speed, but he still has to prove he deserves a roster spot.


Lynch is holding out because of changes he wants in his contract. He didn't participate in any of the offseason workouts. Both Michael and Turbin have looked good with the additional reps. Look for Lynch to return soon, but Michael and Turbin are going to carry a bigger share of the load this season.


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.


Four of these spots are set -- Harvin, Baldwin, Kearse and Richardson, the rookie speedster from Colorado. But 10 players are vying for the final two spots. Norwood, a rookie from Alabama, has looked sensational, so placing him on the practice squad would be a big risk. Lockette's ability to contribute on special teams, along with his speed, gives him a good chance to make it.


McCoy returns after missing all of last season with a torn Achilles tendon. Free agent rookie Rashaun Allen and third-year player Cooper Helfet will battle McCoy for the third spot.


The one starting battle is at right tackle between Bowie and rookie Britt, but Britt is getting all the first-team reps because Bowie has a bruised shoulder. Rookie tackles Garry Gilliam and Nate Isles, along with rookie guard Bronson Irwin, have a chance to make the practice squad.


This will be a great battle to watch. A surprise cut is coming here. Jordan Hill, the second-year player from Penn State, might 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 player who could sneak in here with a great preseason showing.


Bruce Irvin (hip surgery) and Toomer (hamstring injury) are on the physically unable to perform list. Whether either player will be ready to start the season is hard to say. I'm assuming Irvin starts the season on injured reserve. Smith also is recovering from ankle surgery, leaving he team thin, for now, at OLB. 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 has 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. Chancellor is still recovering from offseason hip surgery. Rookie Eric Pinkins might spend the season on IR after injuring his foot. USC rookie Bailey is the surprise pick here. He has played well and probably is battling Terrance Parks for a roster spot.


These spots are set unless an injury occurs.