NFL preview 2013: Seahawks two-deep roster

Staff writerSeptember 8, 2013 

2012 record: 11-5

QUARTERBACKS

The skinny: The Seahawks are paying at total of $1.45 million for Wilson and Jackson in base salary this season, the lowest amount of any quarterback room in the league. The inexpensive salary for the two quarterbacks allowed the team to spend more on players like Percy Harvin, Cliff Avril and Kam Chancellor. Wilson believes he will avoid a sophomore slump by continuing to work hard and relying on the things he did well as a rookie – improvising and making sound decisions in the passing game.

Backups: Jackson has six years of experience in offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell’s offense. Jackson finished with a 131.4 passer rating in preseason play.

No.NamePos.HTWTYr.HometownCollege
3Russell WilsonQB5-112061Richmond, Va.Wisconsin
7Tarvaris JacksonQB6-22258Montgomery, Ala.Alabama State

WIDE RECEIVERS

The skinny: Look for Golden Tate to fill the role the Seahawks had pegged for Percy Harvin, who is recovering from hip surgery. Sidney Rice did not play during preseason because of a nagging knee issue, but is expected to start the season opener at Carolina.

Backups: Jermaine Kearse was perhaps the most impressive receiver in camp, and has a skill set similar to Victor Cruz of the New York Giants. Stephen Williams, who beat out fourth-round draft pick Chris Harper, led the team in receiving yards (236) and touchdowns (3) in exhibition play.

No.NamePos.HTWTYr.HometownCollege
18Sidney RiceWR6-42027Gaffney, S.C.South Carolina
81Golden TateWR5-102024Hendersonville, Tenn.Notre Dame
89Doug BaldwinWR5-101893Gulf Breeze, Fla.Stanford
15Jermaine KearseWR6-12092Lakewood, Wa.Washington
83Stephen WilliamsWR6-52083Levelland, TexasToledo

TIGHT ENDS

The skinny: The Seahawks decided to go with two tight ends this year. Seattle did add training camp tight end Cooper Helfet to the team’s practice squad. Although he missed most of training camp with a foot issue, Zach Miller is expected to start the season opener, and is a glue guy on Seattle’s offense.

Backups: Luke Willson, a fifth-round draft choice, was impressive during preseason. Along with elite speed to threaten the seams of a defense in the passing game, Willson also showed he can be an effective blocker in the run game.

No. NamePos.HTWTYr.HometownCollege
86Zach MillerTE6-52557Phoenix, Ariz.Arizona State
82Luke WillsonTE6-52521Lasalle,OntarioRice

RUNNING BACKS

The skinny: Marshawn Lynch might not carry the ball 300-plus times again this season, but Seattle still will lean heavily on his sturdy frame. Veteran fullback Michael Robinson was a surprise cut, although his $2.5 million base salary made him a target. The Seahawks got a cheaper alternative in second-year pro Derrick Coleman.

Backups: Robert Turbin remains the No. 2 back behind Lynch because of his overall knowledge of the offense, but rookie Christine Michael showed he deserves touches with his explosive running during the preseason. Pete Carroll also remains bullish on the hard-charging running style of Spencer Ware.

No. NamePos.HTWTYr.HometownCollege
24Marshawn LynchRB5-112157Oakland, Calif.California
40Derrick ColemanFB6-02332Los Angeles, Calif.UCLA
22Robert TurbinRB5-102222Fremont, Calif.Utah State
33Christine MichaelRB5-102211Beaumont, TexasTexas A&M
44Spencer WareFB5-112291Cincinnati, OhioLSU

OFFENSIVE LINE

The skinny: This unit has the chance to develop into one of the better lines in the NFL if Russelll Okung and James Carpenter can stay healthy, and Breno Giacomini limits his penalties. Max Unger, a Pro Bowl selection in 2012, is one of the top centers in the league.

Backups: Offensive line coach Tom Cable has good, young talent in rookies Michael Bowie and Alvin Bailey. Both are versatile performers who can play guard or tackle. Mike Person will serve as the swing tackle, backing up both Okung and Giacomini.

No.NamePos.HTWTYr.HometownCollege
76Russell OkungOT6-53104Houston, TexasOklahoma State
67Paul McQuistanOG6-63158San Diego, Calif.Weber State
60Max UngerC6-53055Kailua-Kona, HawaiiOregon
64J.R. SweezyOG6-52982Mooresville, N.C.N.C. State
68Breno GiacominiOT6-73186Cambridge, Mass.Louisville
77James CarpenterOG6-53213Augusta, Ga.Alabama
75Mike PersonOT6-42993Glendive, Mont.Montana State
61Lemuel JeanpierreC6-33014Orlando, Fla.South Carolina
73Michael BowieOT6-43321Tulsa, Okla.Northeastern State
78Alvin BaileyOT6-33201Broken Arrow, Okla.Arkansas

DEFENSIVE LINE

The skinny: A priority this offseason, Carroll added depth with the additions of Cliff Avril, Michael Bennett and Tony McDaniel in free agency. While Avril has received a lot of the attention, Bennett might be the most important addition because of versatility, and his ability to rush from the interior on third down. Chris Clemons could return as early as the Week 2 contest against San Francisco.

Backups: The Seahawks traded for D’Anthony Smith from Jacksonville to add depth to a defensive front dealing with several nagging injuries. Expect Schofield to see a lot of time as an edge rusher if Avril and Clemons can’t play in the first few weeks.

No.NamePos.HTWTYr.HometownCollege
79Red BryantDE6-43236Jasper, TexasTexas A&M
99Tony McDanielDT6-73058Columbia, S.C.Tennessee
92Brandon MebaneDT6-13117Los Angeles, Calif.California
91Chris ClemonsDE6-325410Griffin, Ga.Georgia
56Cliff AvrilDE6-32606Green Cove Springs, Fla.Purdue
72Michael BennettDE6-42745Alief, TexasTexas A&M
97Jordan HillDT6-13031Steelton, Pa.Penn State
93O'Brien SchofieldDE6-32424Racine, Wis.Wisconsin
95Benson MayowaDE6-32521Inglewood, Calif.Idaho
94D'Anthony SmithDT6-23004Leesville, La.Louisiana Tech

LINEBACKERS

The skinny: Bobby Wagner finished with a team-high 140 sacks last season. K.J. Wright moves from SAM linebacker to WILL linebacker, freeing him to make more plays in open space. Bruce Irvin makes the switch from defensive end to outside linebacker, but begins the season on the suspended list while sitting out four games because of a PED violation.

Backups: Former USC linebackers coach Ken Norton Jr. kept three of his former Trojans in Mike Morgan, starter Malcolm Smith and Allen Bradford – a converted running back. John Lotulelei is a big hitter and force on special teams.

No.NamePos.HTWTYr.HometownCollege
53Malcolm SmithOLB6-02263Northridge, Calif.USC
54Bobby WagnerMLB6-02412Ontario, Calif.Utah State
50K.J. WrightOLB6-42463Olive Branch, Miss.Miss. State
57Mike MorganOLB6-32263Dallas, TexasUSC
52Allen BradfordMLB5-112353San Bernardino, Calif.USC
55Heath FarwellMLB6-02359Fontana, Calif.San Diego State
58John LotuleleiOLB5-112331Kihei, HawaiiUNLV
51Bruce IrvinOLB6-32482Atlanta, Ga.West Virginia

DEFENSIVE BACKS

The skinny: The Hawks return perhaps the best secondary in the NFL. Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor and Brandon Browner all have Pro Bowls to their credit, and Richard Sherman was an All-Pro selection last season. With new defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, expect the Seahawks to play more man coverage.

Backups: Veteran Antoine Winfield was a surprise cut here, but Walter Thurmond outplayed him. The Seahawks also like the depth behind Thurmond in Jeremy Lane and Byron Maxwell, who are both good special teams players.

No.NamePos.HTWTYr.HometownCollege
25Richard ShermanCB6-31953Compton, Calif.Stanford
31Kam ChancellorSS6-32324Norfolk, Va.Virginia Tech
29Earl ThomasFS5-102024Orange, TexasTexas
39Brandon BrownerCB6-42213Sylmar, Calif.Oregon State
28Walter ThurmondCB5-111904West Covina, Calif.Oregon
20Jeremy LaneCB6-01902Tyler, TexasNorthwestern St. (La.)
41Byron MaxwellCB6-12073Charleston, S.C.Clemson
42Chris MaragosFS5-102004Racine, Wis.Wisconsin
32Jeron JohnsonSS5-102123Compton, Calif.Boise State

SPECIAL TEAMS

The skinny: Kearse earned the starting kick return job on the basis of his 107-yard kick return for a score against Denver. Tate will share punt return duties with Thurmond. Steven Hauschka made three field goals beyond 50 yards during the preseason, including a career-long 56 yarder. Clint Gresham beat out Kyle Nelson in a competition for the starting long snapper job in training camp.

No.NamePos.HTWTYr.HometownCollege
9Jon RyanP6-02178Regina, SaskatchewanRegina
4Steven HauschkaK6-42106Needham, Mass.N.C. State
49Clint GreshamLS6-32404Corpus Christi, TexasTCU

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