Seattle Seahawks cut-down analysis

August, 25, 2014
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Most significant move: It's a bit of a surprise Jackson Jeffcoat didn't make it to the Seattle Seahawks' last cut. Jeffcoat, the son of former Dallas Cowboys defensive end Jim Jeffcoat, was an All-American last season at defensive end for Texas. It was surprising he didn't get drafted, but the Seahawks signed him as a rookie free agent immediately after the draft. Jeffcoat (6-foot-3, 255 pounds) was seen as a possible rush end at the Leo spot for the Seahawks, but they moved him to outside linebacker three weeks ago, believing it would give him a better chance to make the team. However, Jeffcoat struggled learning the position. And he had no chance to make the team at defensive end with rookie Cassius Marsh and veteran O'Brien Schofield playing well as backups.

Some will return: Seahawks coach Pete Carroll made it clear he would like to bring a few of these players back, which probably means they would add a couple of them to the practice squad if they clear waivers. "They invested in us and we've invested in them," Carroll said on 710 ESPN Seattle. "We talk to them about where they may fit in our future." Rookies who could be practice-squad candidates are Jeffcoat, running back Demitrius Bronson and wide receiver Kevin Smith, the University of Washington product who showed good hands in practice. The Seahawks brought in veteran offensive lineman Wade Smith to possibly add depth up front, but Smith was expendable when the team saw good things from Stephen Schilling, who has played guard and center. CB Terrell Thomas, a seven-year NFL veteran who played for Carroll at USC, may catch on with another team.

Seahawks' cuts: Terminated veteran contracts of G Wade Smith and CB Terrell Thomas. Waived OLB Jackson Jeffcoat, OT Cory Brandon, RB Demitrius Bronson, S Mike Dobson, WR Kevin Smith and CB Thomas Wolfe.

Terry Blount

ESPN Seattle Seahawks reporter

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