With a morning walkthrough that is not open to the media, I thought I'd do a roster analysis looking at where things stand since the Bobby Engram injury was announced. The more I look at it, I think they may be a bit unbalanced, taking a spot from the defense to give to the offense. Here is what I worked out:
In: Matt Hasselbeck, Seneca Wallace, Charlie Frye
Longshot: Dalton Bell.
In: Julius Jones, Maurice Morris, Leonard Weaver, Owen Schmitt
On the bubble: T.J. Duckett, Justin Forsett
Longshot: David Kirtman
Comments: The decision on Duckett is interesting. I still think he is in, if for no other reason than insurance in case one of the others gets hurt. And I also think Mike Holmgren envisions using him as a battering ram at the end of games where the Seahawks have a lead and need to run out the clock. Plus, he was given $4 million guaranteed. Forsett is a talent whom the coaches love but is probably headed for the practice squad.
In: John Carlson, Will Heller, Jeb Putzier
On the bubble: Joe Newton.
Comments: I think they like Newton but know that he is more one-dimensional because he is light in the shorts.
In: Deion Branch, Nate Burleson, Bobby Engram, Courtney Taylor, Ben Obomanu, Logan Payne
On the bubble: Jordan Kent, Michael Bumpus
Out: Joel Filani, Trent Shelton, Bryan Gilmore
In: Walter Jones, Mike Wahle, Rob Sims, Chris Spencer, Steve Vallos, Ray Willis, Sean Locklear, Mansfield Wrotto,
On the bubble: Floyd Womack, Kyle Williams
Out: Pat Murray, Nick Jones, William Robinson, Samuel Gutekunst
Comments: Now, let's say they keep 25 players on the offense, as Mike Holmgren has liked to do in the past. With the way this is set up, we have 24 players who are in.
They are going to have to make a tough decision here on Pork Chop, Jordan Kent or T.J. Duckett, which is why the injuries to Engram and Branch are so costly. Holmgren has said he virtually has to keep a fifth RB with a two-back system, which would indicate Duckett is the choice. It seems there is no way to keep Bumpus or Forsett, which means both are probably headed to the practice squad.
In: Brandon Mebane, Rocky Bernard, Red Bryant, Lawrence Jackson, Patrick Kerney, Darryl Tapp, Craig Terrill
On the bubble: Baraka Atkins, Howard Green, Jason Babin, Chris Cooper, Larry Tripplett
Out: Nu'u Tafisi, Kevin Brown
Comments: I don't really think Atkins is on the bubble, but given the roster crunch you never know. If they are able to keep 9, Howard Green is ahead of Cooper and Tripplett, who lost valuable time with injuries.
In: Lofa Tatupu, Leroy Hill, Julian Peterson, D.D. Lewis, Lance Laury
On the bubble: David Hawthorne, Will Herring
Out: Dallas Sartz
Comment: They have kept 7 in the past, but Herring's ongoing health issues make you wonder. If they keep 6, you'd have to go with Hawthorne at this point. Herring is eligible for PUP.
In: Marcus Trufant, Kelly Jennings, Deon Grant, Brian Russell, Josh Wilson, Jordan Babineaux, C.J. Wallace
On the bubble: Kevin Hobbs, Jamar Adams, Omare Lowe
Out: Kelin Johnson, Marquis Floyd
Comments: They conceivably could keep 9 defensive linemen, 9 defensive backs, 6 linebackers and give a spot back to the offense, which seems like the most likely scenario at this point. If they go 9 DBs, it is Hobbs and then Adams.
In: Tyler Schmitt
On the bubble: Olindo Mare, Brandon Coutu, Ryan Plackemeier, Reggie Hodges.
Out: Tim Lindsey
Comment: Wouldn't it be interesting if they kept both kickers? Not likely. I'd go with Mare.