The Seahawks have announced their first wave of cuts off the 90-man preseason roster. Running back Demitrius Bronson of Eastern Washington via the University of Washington and Kentwood High School in Kent is among them. So is wide receiver Kevin Smith, who came back from reconstructive knee surgery two years ago at UW and has now been released by three NFL teams this offseason and preseason as an undrafted free agent.
There are no surprises in this list:
Terminated veteran contracts
T Wade Smith
CB Terrell Thomas
T Cory Brandon
RB Demitrius Bronson
S Mike Dobson
DE Jackson Jeffcoat
WR Kevin Smith
CB Thomas Wolfe
The roster is currently at 82, so the Seahawks need to release seven more players by 1 p.m. Seattle time tomorrow in order to comply with the NFL's deadline of getting rosters to 75 players. The final cut deadline to the 53-man regular-season roster is Saturday at 1 p.m., less than two days after the Seahawks' final exhibition game at Oakland.
--The biggest intrigue for Thursday's 7 p.m. game against the Raiders seems to be not so much will Terrelle Pryor unseat veteran Tarvaris Jackson for the backup-quarterback job behind Russell Wilson -- it's apparent coach Pete Carroll and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell trust Jackson and would rather have him start any regular-season game should the worst-case scenario unfold at the position. It's whether Carroll and general manager John Schneider will do what they've done just one in the four previous seasons of their Seattle regime: start the regular season with three quarterbacks on the 53-man roster.
That's what my story for today's News Tribune explores, breaking down the offense's production while each of the top three QBs have been in the first three preseason games. Honestly, the headline is a tad misleading -- I think it's Jackson the clear No. 2. The intrigue is whether they keep Pryor, too.
--Speaking of worst-case scenarios at quarterback, the Rams are living that right now. Sam Bradford is out for the year with another knee injury to the same one he just had reconstructed.
That's two, division-altering injuries inside the NFC West in as many weeks; Arizona lost defensive anchor Darnell Dockett to a major knee injury last week.
Some of you have posted the Rams are more dangerous without Bradford. No way. Any NFL team that loses its starter at the most important position in the sport for an entire season before even the first game is in a world of hurt. Their entire offense is made around the starting quarterback, no matter how many interceptions he threw last year. Now the Rams have to reconstruct all of their schemes -- while keeping up appearances that they aren't starting from scratch less than two weeks before the real season begins. No way is St. Louis better off going through all that.