The offseason is now complete, with general manager John Schneider completing over 60 different roster transactions since taking over in January. Over half of the players currently on the team’s roster were not here a year ago. So some major transformations have taken place since head coach Pete Carroll and Schneider took over.
That said, here’s a closer look at how the 80-man roster is shaping up with about five weeks before training camp begins. Also, I updated my roster, which you can check out here.
QuarterbackNumber kept last season: ThreeCurrently on roster: ThreeAverage number kept since 2002: ThreeLocks: Matt Hasselbeck, Charlie WhitehurstIn the hunt: J.P. LosmanComment – Despite the team’s efforts to create some competition at the top spot, Hasselbeck has looked like the clear No. 1 at this point. Part of that has to do with his familiarity with the West Coast offense, giving him a leg up on Whitehurst and Losman. There appears to be more of a competition between Whitehurst and Losman for the No. 2 spot, as Losman has looked solid and played with a lot of confidence so far – something to keep an eye on during training camp. The Seahawks could pickup another arm to help them get through camp.
Running backNumber kept last season: FiveCurrently on roster: SevenAverage number kept since 2002: 5.5Locks: Justin Forsett, Julius Jones, Leon WashingtonIn the hunt: Owen Schmitt, Quinton Ganther, Louis RankinLonger odds: Ryan PowdrellComment – With LenDale White released the competition for the starting position is now a three-man race. Washington looked pretty good during drills in minicamp and says he will be ready. Seattle still appears to need a short-yardage back, so it will be interesting to see if they make a move. Ganther has been impressive so far, and has added versatility with the ability to play fullback. Powdrell could be a practice squad guy.
Wide receiverNumber kept last season: FiveCurrently on roster: 12Average number kept since 2002: 5.8Locks: T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Golden Tate, Deion BranchIn the hunt: Deon Butler, Mike Williams, Ben Obomanu, Sean MoreyOn the bubble: Ruvell Martin, Mike Hass, Isaiah StanbackLonger odds: Marcus Maxwell, Kole HeckendorfComment – Williams has the potential to be that down-the-field threat on the outside the Seahawks have been lacking. I’m still not totally convinced Branch will be on the final roster come September, but he’s a lock if the team does not trade or release him. Similar to last year, there will be some intense competition for the final two spots on the roster. Unlike last year, Seattle may keep six receivers, with a specialist like Sean Morey filling Lance Laury’s spot on the roster from last season.
Tight endNumber kept last season: ThreeCurrently on roster: FiveAverage number kept since 2002: ThreeLocks: John Carlson, Chris BakerOn the bubble: Anthony McCoy, Cameron MorrahLonger odds: Jameson KonzComment – Baker’s presence should free up Carlson to be more involved in the passing game. McCoy has looked like a late-round steal, catching the ball and moving well in the middle of the field. But Morrah also has flashed at times, showing why the Seahawks took a late-round flyer on him last season. Konz hasn’t got many team reps at practice and is still learning his way in a new position. Offensive lineNumber kept last season: NineCurrently on roster: 14Average number kept since 2002: 9Locks: Russell Okung, Ben Hamilton, Sean Locklear, Chris Spencer, Ray Willis, Max Unger.In the hunt: Steve Vallos, Mansfield Wrotto, Mike GibsonLonger odds: Joe Toledo, Mitch Erickson, Adrian Martinez, Jeff Byers, Jacob Phillips. Comment – Seattle appears to have more depth here than they did a year ago, when they were relying on a healthy Walter Jones to return to action. Hamilton gives the team a leader up front familiar with Alex Gibbs’ zone blocking scheme. And one thing we know for certain is this unit will play with a lot of effort – Gibbs will not put up with anything less.
Defensive lineNumber kept last season: NineCurrently on roster: 14Average number kept since 2002: 9Locks: Brandon Mebane, Lawrence Jackson, Colin Cole, Chris Clemons, Red Bryant, Kevin Vickerson.In the hunt: E.J. Wilson, Craig Terrill, Nick Reed, Ricky Foley, Dexter Davis.Longer odds: Robert Henderson, Rob Rose, Jonathan Lewis.Comment – The Seahawks appear to still need a consistent pass rusher off of the edge of the defense, but are hoping that Clemons, Reed, Curry, Foley or Davis emerge to fill that role. Wilson also has come on of late and could emerge as a rotational guy up front. Seattle appears solid inside with Mebane, Cole, Vickerson and Terrill. LinebackersNumber kept last season: SixCurrently on roster: EightAverage number kept since 2002: 6.6Locks: Lofa Tatupu, Aaron Curry, David Hawthorne, Will Herring, Leroy Hill.In the hunt: Anthony Heygood, Matt McCoyLonger odds: Joe PawelekComment – This group remains the strength of the defense, and Seattle needs to take advantage of that versatility. If the Seahawks choose to keep Hill around, could we see Curry move to Leo and Hill move to strong-side outside backer in order to keep Hawthorne on the field? The strength of this group is versatility -- most of these backers can play all three positions. Pawelek could be a practice squad candidate.
CornerbacksNumber kept last season: FourCurrently on roster: 11Average number kept since 2002: 4.5Locks: Marcus Trufant, Josh Wilson, Kelly Jennings, Walter ThurmondIn the hunt: Roy Lewis, Chris Richards, Kennard Cox, Marcus BrownLonger odds: Marcus Udell, Josh Pinkard, Cord ParksComment – Jennings was one of the pleasant surprises of the camp and has been working with the first unit. Jennings always has been a strong cover corner, but his ball skills have continued to improve. Thurmond (knee) looks on pace to be ready for training camp, and guys like Lewis, Richards, Cox and Brown are good athletes who could help Seattle on special teams.
SafetiesNumber kept last season: FourCurrently on roster: SixAverage number kept since 2002: FourLocks:Earl Thomas, Lawyer Milloy, Kam ChancellorIn the hunt: Jordan Babineaux, Jamar AdamsLonger odds: James BrindleyComment – The fact that Seattle was rumored to be interested in O.J. Atogwe and claimed and released Kevin Ellison lets you know they are not exactly satisfied with what they have here. Thomas is a great piece to build around, and Milloy will serve as a good mentor to show him how to play the game the right way at this level. But Babineaux and Adams will have to work to make the roster. Chancellor is a long-term project who has played better than expected. Brindley could be a practice squad guy.
SpecialistsSpecialists kept last season: ThreeCurrently on roster: ThreeAverage number kept since 2002: ThreeLocks: (P) Jon Ryan, (K) Olindo Mare, (LS) Matt OvertonComment – These are probably the most settled positions heading into camp, with no extra guys on the roster at present to push the incumbents. There will be some pressure on new long snapper Matt Overton to look sharp during the preseason. Other than that, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. .