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Quarterback Trevone Boykin returns to Seahawks--in a new, far-reduced role

Quarterback Trevone Boykin is hit as he throws in the third quarter of the Seahawks’ preseason game against the Kansas City Chiefs last month at CenturyLink Field. Seattle waived last year’s backup to Russell Wilson on Saturday, then on Monday named the 2016 undrafted rookie as one of 10 players signed to the practice squad.
Quarterback Trevone Boykin is hit as he throws in the third quarter of the Seahawks’ preseason game against the Kansas City Chiefs last month at CenturyLink Field. Seattle waived last year’s backup to Russell Wilson on Saturday, then on Monday named the 2016 undrafted rookie as one of 10 players signed to the practice squad. jbessex@gateline.com

RENTON Trevone Boykin is back -- on the practice squad.

The Seahawks announced the 10 players they signed to the first practice squad of the regular season. They practiced Monday. Eight are guys they released on Saturday while getting the active roster down to 53 for the start of the regular season Sunday at Green Bay.

Boykin, last year’s lone backup to Russell Wilson as an undrafted rookie out of Texas Christian, lost the battle to be No. 2 at the start of this season to veteran Austin Davis. Davis is a one-time starter for the Rams and Browns. Boykin’s passer rating over his final two exhibition games last month was 40.6. That included 0.0 in the third preseason game, a win over Kansas City. He was 0 for 6 with an interception that night.

Meanwhile, Davis got sharper after a struggling start to training camp, and coaches began trusting him more and valuing his NFL experience as August went on.

Mike Davis, whom Seattle claimed off waivers this past offseason from San Francisco, and Smith are the two on the practice squad with experience playing in NFL regular-season games. Davis played 14 games at running back for the 49ers the previous two seasons. Smith played in three games late last season for Seattle at defensive tackle.

As for the two from outside the organization joining the practice squad: Calitro is an undrafted rookie out of Villanova and Jones is an undrafted rookie out from Notre Dame. Calitro initially signed with the New York Jets following the draft, then signed with San Francisco during training camp. Jones played defensive tackle at Notre Dame, but moved to offensive tackle after he signed wuth the New York Giants, he was converted to offensive tackle.

This is just the first practice squad for the 2017 season. There will so many more versions of it throughout the season. Last yeaer the Seahawks made 17 transactions on and off the practice squad -- in the first month of the regular season.

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