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QUARTERBACKS

The skinny: The Seahawks are paying a total of $1.45 million for Wilson and Jackson in base salary this season, the lowest amount of any quarterback cap 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 exhibition play.

No.Name, positionHeightWeightYear Hometown/College

3Russell Wilson, QB5-112062Richmond, Va./Wisconsin

7Tarvaris Jackson, QB6-22258Montgomery, 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 exhibition season because of a nagging knee injury but is expected to start the season opener at Carolina.

Backups: Jermaine Kearse was perhaps the most impressive receiver in camp, and has similar skills 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.Name, positionHeightWeightYear Hometown/College

18Sidney Rice, WR6-42027Gaffney, S.C./South Carolina

81Golden Tate, WR5-102024Hendersonville, Tenn./Notre Dame

89Doug Baldwin, WR5-101893Gulf Breeze, Fla./Stanford

15Jermaine Kearse, WR6-12092Lakewood/Washington

83Stephen Williams, WR 6-52083Levelland, Texas/Toledo

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 injury, 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 exhibition season. Along with elite speed to threaten the seams of a defense in the passing game, Willson also showed he can be an effective blocker.

No.Name, positionHeightWeightYear Hometown/College

86Zach Miller, TE6-52557Phoenix/Arizona State

82Luke Willson, TE6-52521LaSalle, Ontario/Rice

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 exhibition season. Pete Carroll also remains bullish on the hard-charging style of Spencer Ware.

No.Name, positionHeightWeightYear Hometown/College

24Marshawn Lynch, RB5-112157Oakland/California

40Derrick Coleman, FB6-02332Los Angeles/UCLA

22Robert Turbin, RB5-102222Fremont, Calif./Utah State

33Christine Michael, RB5-102211Beaumont, Texas/Texas A&M

44Spencer Ware, FB5-102291Cincinnati, Ohio/LSU

OFFENSIVE LINE

The skinny: This unit has the chance to develop into one of the better lines in the NFL if Russell 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.Name, positionHeightWeightYear Hometown/College

76Russell Okung, OT6-53104Houston/Oklahoma State

67Paul McQuistan, OG/OT6-63158San Diego/Weber State

60Max Unger, C6-53055Kailua-Kona, Hawaii/Oregon

64J.R. Sweezy, OG6-52982Mooresville, N.C./N.C. State

68Breno Giacomini. OT6-73186Cambridge, Mass./Louisville

77James Carpenter, OG6-53213Augusta, Ga./Alabama

75Mike Person, OT6-42993Glendive, Mont./Montana State

61Lemuel Jeanpierre, C/OG6-33014Orlando, Fla./South Carolina

73Michael Bowie, OT6-43321Tulsa, Okla./Northeastern State

78Alvin Bailey, OT6-33201Broken 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 his versatility and ability to rush from the interior on third downs. Chris Clemons could return as early as Sept. 15 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 O’Brien Schofield to see a lot of time as an edge rusher if Avril and Clemons can’t play in the first few weeks.

No.Name, positionHeightWeightYear Hometown/College

79Red Bryant, DE6-43236Jasper, Texas/Texas A&M

99Tony McDaniel, DT6-73058Columbia, S.C./Tennessee

92Brandon Mebane, DT6-13117Los Angeles/California

91Chris Clemons, DE6-325410Griffin, Ga./Georgia

56Cliff Avril, DE6-32606Green Cove Springs, Fla./Purdue

72Michael Bennett, DE6-42745Alief, Texas/Texas A&M

97Jordan Hill, DT6-13031Steelton, Pa./Penn State

93O’Brien Schofield, DE6-32424Camden, S.C./Wisconsin

95Benson Mayowa, DE6-32521Inglewood, Calif./Idaho

94D’Anthony Smith, DT6-23004Leesville, La./Louisiana Tech

LINEBACKERS

The skinny: Bobby Wagner finished with a team-high 140 combined tackles last season. K.J. Wright moves from SAM (strong side) linebacker to WILL (weak side) 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.Name, positionHeightWeightYear Hometown/College

53Malcolm Smith, OLB6-02263Northridge, Calif./USC

54Bobby Wagner, MLB6-02412Ontario, Calif./Utah State

50K.J. Wright, OLB6-42463Olive Branch, Miss./Miss. State

57Mike Morgan, OLB6-32263Dallas/USC

52Allen Bradford, MLB5-112353San Bernardino, Calif./USC

55Heath Farwell, MLB6-02359Fontana, Calif./San Diego State

58John Lotulelei, OLB5-112331Kihei, Hawaii/UNLV

51Bruce Irvin, OLB6-32482Atlanta/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.Name, positionHeightWeightYear Hometown/College

25Richard Sherman, CB6-31953Compton, Calif./Stanford

31Kam Chancellor, SS6-32324Norfolk, Va./Virginia Tech

29Earl Thomas, FS5-102024Orange, Texas/Texas

39Brandon Browner, CB6-42213Sylmar, Calif./Oregon State

28Walter Thurmond, CB5-111904West Covina, Calif./Oregon

20Jeremy Lane, CB6-01902Tyler, Texas/Northwestern St. (La.)

41Byron Maxwell, CB6-12073Charleston, S.C./Clemson

42Chris Maragos, FS5-102004Racine, Wis./Wisconsin

32Jeron Johnson, SS5-102123Compton, 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 exhibition season, 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.Name, positionHeightWeightYear Hometown/College

9Jon Ryan, P6-02178Regina, Saskatchewan/Regina

4Steven Hauschka, K6-42106Needham, Mass./N.C. State

49Clint Gresham, LS6-32404Corpus Christi, Texas/TCU

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