Hey folks, I just landed on my flight back from San Diego. I did a roster analysis while I was on the plane, which is a little premature since it includes some of the players who will be cut. But it'll give you something to chew on until those announcements are made. I have a call in to the Hawks regarding Lofa's injury, but they are currently not answering. Just to give you a heads-up, their MO this preseason has been to announce the injury the day after the MRI, so they may not be releasing anything on that today.
Average kept past six seasons: 2.8
In: Matt Hasselbeck, Seneca Wallace, Charlie Frye.
Longshot: Dalton Bell.
Comment: Frye increased his value with strong showing Monday night against San Diego.
Average kept past six seasons: 5.2
In: Julius Jones, Maurice Morris, Leonard Weaver, Owen Schmitt.
On the bubble: T.J. Duckett, Justin Forsett.
Longshot: David Kirtman.
Comments: Mike Holmgren made it sound as if Duckett is in after he played well in San Diego. Forsett has had two strong preseason games but faltered against the Chargers, fumbling once. Still, he is a strong special teams player.
Average kept past six seasons: 3.
In: John Carlson, Will Heller, Jeb Putzier.
Longshot: Joe Newton.
Comments: Newton is probably headed back to the practice squad. He is too small right now to be an effective blocker.
Average kept past six seasons: 5.5.
In: Deion Branch, Nate Burleson, Bobby Engram, Courtney Taylor.
On the bubble: Ben Obomanu, Jordan Kent, Logan Payne, Michael Bumpus
Longshots: Joel Filani, Trent Shelton, Bryan Gilmore.
Comment: Because of injuries to Branch and Engram, they will have to keep more than the average, perhaps even seven, though Branch is eligible for the physically unable to perform list. Kent should have played his way onto the roster with a strong preseason. Obomanu is solid. Payne has been below average in the games.
Average kept past six seasons: 8.8
In: Walter Jones, Mike Wahle, Rob Sims, Chris Spencer, Steve Vallos, Ray Willis, Sean Locklear, Mansfield Wrotto.
On the bubble: Floyd Womack, Kyle Williams.
Longshots: Ben Claxton, Pat Murray, Nick Jones, William Robinson, Samuel Gutekunst.
Comments: Because of an injury to Sean Locklear, Womack is almost assured of making the team. Williams is probably headed to the practice squad. If they keep Womack, Forsett and Payne, that gives the offense two more players than Holmgren usually likes to keep.
Average kept past six seasons: 9.3.
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.
Longshot: Nu'u Tafisi, Kevin Brown.
Comments: Green has played well enough to earn a spot, and so too has Babin, really. They would probably like to keep 10 but the injuries on the offensive side may mean somebody has to be sacrificed. Atkins has not been overly impressive but is a fourth-round pick and three years younger than Babin. Cooper and Tripplett have been injured for most of training camp.
Average kept past six seasons: 7.2.
In: Lofa Tatupu, Leroy Hill, Julian Peterson, D.D. Lewis, Lance Laury.
On the bubble: David Hawthorne, Will Herring.
Longshot: Dallas Sartz.
Comment: Mike Holmgren threatened to keep only six last year; he may do it this year. Herring is eligible for the PUP list. Hawthorne has earned a spot. Sartz may be a practice squad player.
In: Marcus Trufant, Kelly Jennings, Deon Grant, Brian Russell, Josh Wilson, Jordan Babineaux, C.J. Wallace, Kevin Hobbs.
On the bubble: Jamar Adams, Omare Lowe.
Longshot: Kelin Johnson, Marquis Floyd.
Comments: They'd like to keep Adams as the ninth but the injury issues on the offensive side of the ball may prevent that. Adams is likely headed to the practice squad.
Average kept past six seasons: 3.
In: Tyler Schmitt.
On the bubble: Olindo Mare, Brandon Coutu, Ryan Plackemeier, Reggie Hodges.
Longshot: Tim Lindsey.
Comment: Plackemeier is the choice at punter. The kicking competition is extremely tight. Coutu hurt his chances by getting injured last week, but Mare didn't help himself by missing a 50-yarder in San Diego.