Heading into the second preseason game it’s time to take another look at the roster and ponder who the frontrunners are for each position. You can view the Seahawks depth chart here. And ESPN’s Mike Sando has a list of Seattle players eligible for the practice squad here.
As always, let me know what you think in the comments section.Quarterback
Number kept last season: ThreeCurrently on roster: FourAverage number kept since 2002: ThreeLocks: Matt Hasselbeck, Seneca WallaceIn the hunt: Mike Teel,Longer odds: Jeff RoweComment
– Teel improved his stock by playing with poise against San Diego, even though he did throw an interception. The coaches are pleased with the progress he’s made so far. Rowe has yet to get a comfort level with the offense so far in camp. Hasselbeck seems to be getting into a groove offensively, as he and Houshmandzadeh have been connecting on a regular basis in practice.
Running backNumber kept last season: SixCurrently on roster: Eight.Average number kept since 2002: 5.5Locks: T.J. Duckett, Julius Jones, Justin Forsett, Owen Schmitt, Justin Griffith.In the hunt: Devin Moore, David KirtmanLonger odds: Dan CurranComment – There’s been reports that the Seahawks have reached out to Warrick Dunn about the possibility of coming to Seattle. I’m not sure how a 34-year-old running back would fit into this rotation, unless the team is concerned about injuries. I think Kirtman is an NFL-caliber fullback but unfortunately may get caught up in a numbers game again. Moore looked solid in his debut against San Diego but is likely headed for the practice squad.
Wide receiverNumber kept last season: SixCurrently on roster: 10Average number kept since 2002: SixLocks: T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Deion Branch, Nate Burleson.In the hunt: Ben Obomanu, Deon ButlerOn the bubble: Courtney Taylor, Jordan Kent, Logan Payne, Longer odds: Mike Hass, Michael Bumpus.Comment – I think Ben Obomanu and Deon Butler have nudged out in front in the battle for the last couple spots at receiver. Depending on whether the team keeps five or six receivers, Taylor, Kent and Payne are likely battling for the last spot. Payne, Hass and Bumpus still have practice squad options, so the team will have to make a decision on Taylor or Kent if they do not make the 53-man roster. Kent’s ability to play special teams helps keep him in the conversation. Tight endNumber kept last season: ThreeCurrently on roster: FiveAverage number kept since 2002: ThreeLocks: John Carlson, John OwensOn the bubble: Cameron Morrah, Joe NewtonLonger odds: John TereshinksiComment – Owens showed against San Diego that he does indeed have enough pass-catching ability as a blocking tight end. With the team likely running a lot of two tight end sets, Carlson and Owens compliment each other well. There’s still a pretty good battle for that third tight end spot. Newton likely is still out in front, but Morrah has been playing solid and is definitely in the mix.
Offensive lineNumber kept last season: NineCurrently on roster: 14Average number kept since 2002: 9Locks: Walter Jones, Sean Locklear, Chris Spencer, Ray Willis, Rob Sims, Max Unger, Mansfield Wrotto, Steve Vallos.In the hunt: Kyle Williams, Na’Shan GoddardLonger odds: William Robinson, Andre Ramsey, Cory Withrow, Grey Ruegamer.Comment – The Seahawks are thin at tackle with Walter Jones injured and may consider bringing in a veteran like Levi Jones to help with depth depending on how long Walter Jones will be out. The team has pretty good depth at the interior line, and a good position battle between Mansfield Wrotto and Max Unger at right guard. Locklear, Sims and Spencer must step up and take on a leadership role with Walter Jones out. Defensive lineNumber kept last season: NineCurrently on roster: 13Average number kept since 2002: 9Locks: Darryl Tapp, Brandon Mebane, Patrick Kerney, Lawrence Jackson, Red Bryant, Colin Cole, Cory Redding, Craig Terrill.In the hunt: Baraka Atkins, Nick Reed, Michael BennettLonger odds: Kevin Brown, Derek Walker Comment – This is perhaps the team’s deepest position group, which is a good thing considering how much the Seahawks plan on rotating bodies on the defensive line. Reed likely is headed for the practice squad, but has performed well so far in camp. Bennett offers versatility, with an ability to play both inside and outside. But he also has practice squad eligibility.
LinebackersNumber kept last season: SixCurrently on roster: NineAverage number kept since 2002: 6.6Locks: Lofa Tatupu, Leroy Hill, Aaron Curry, D.D. LewisIn the hunt: David Hawthorne, Will Herring, Lance Laury,Longer odds: Dave Philistin, Shane Simmons Comment – The Seahawks have good talent and depth at this position as well. Curry still is learning the system, and has a lot on his plate because the team also is using him at defensive end. There’s not much drop off when the second unit is in there, which is a credit to the scouting department and the coaching staff.
CornerbacksNumber kept last season: FourCurrently on roster: SevenAverage number kept since 2002: 4.5Locks: Marcus Trufant, Ken Lucas, Josh Wilson, Kelly JenningsIn the hunt: Kevin Hobbs, Travis FisherLonger odds: Marquis FloydComment – A lot depends on how long Trufant will be out with the back injury. The Seahawks probably have enough depth here to get by without Trufant, but need more consistent play out of Jennings in passing situations when the team goes with its nickel package.
SafetiesNumber kept last season: FourCurrently on roster: SixAverage number kept since 2002: FourLocks: Deon Grant, Brian Russell, Jordan BabineauxIn the hunt: C.J. Wallace, Jamar Adams, Courtney GreeneComment – Wallace has opened some eyes with his physical play during camp, and likely will make the final roster because of his play on special teams. Babineaux gives the team some veteran depth with his ability to play both safeties positions and also lineup on the slot receiver as an extra defensive back. SpecialistsSpecialists kept last season: ThreeCurrently on roster: FourAverage number kept since 2002: ThreeLocks: (P) Jon Ryan, (LS) Kevin HouserIn the hunt: (K) Olindo Mare, (K)Brandon CoutuComment – The Battle between Mare and Coutu continues. Coutu handled all of the kicking duties against San Diego, making both 38-yard field goal attempts but failing to get a ball in the end zone on kickoffs. It looks like Mare’s job to lose at this point, unless he begins to experience accuracy issues on field goals during preseason games.