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Seattle Seahawks projected 53-man roster for 2011

Here’s how I think it sits right now. Of course we will know for certain this afternoon once the Seattle Seahawks announce final roster cuts by the 3 p.m. deadline.

Let me know your thoughts in the comments section. Quarterbacks (3): Tarvaris Jackson, Charlie Whitehurst, Josh PortisComment: Portis could wind up on the practice squad, but I know they like him a lot and might be concerned about losing him through waivers. But they can pick up a roster spot here by putting Portis on the practice squad. Running backs (5): Tailbacks – Marshawn Lynch, Leon Washington, Justin Forsett, Thomas Clayton. Fullback – Michael Robinson.Comment: I think Clayton has done enough to make the roster and adds value because he gives Seattle another physical runner in case Marshawn gets hurt. Clayton can also help them on special teams.

Wide receivers (5): Sidney Rice, Mike Williams, Ben Obomanu, Golden Tate, Kris Durham.Comment: Baldwin has certainly done enough to make the team, but I don’t know if you can keep a sixth wide receiver if he doesn’t play on any of the special teams. I think they take a chance to see if they can sneak him on the practice squad. Tate and Forsett can serve as backups for Washington on the returns. They also will have a decision to make once Deon Butler is healthy and can come off the PUP list. Tight ends (3): Zach Miller, Anthony McCoy, Dominique ByrdComment: They only have three healthy ones on the roster right now, so all three stay on the active roster, with Morrah a candidate to be added once he’s healthy and can come off of the PUP list.

Offensive line (10): Russell Okung, Robert Gallery, Max Unger, John Moffitt, James Carpenter, Tyler Polumbus, Mike Gibson, Breno Giacomini, Paul Fanaika, Paul McQuistan.Comment: I think you need 10 guys here because of Gallery’s injury. But we could also see some waiver claims here from other team to improve the talent and overall depth. Total offense: 26Defensive line (9): Chris Clemons, Brandon Mebane, Alan Branch, Red Bryant, Raheem Brock, Jimmy Wilkerson, Dexter Davis, Junior Siavii, Pep Levingston.Comment: This is another area of the team where you might see some waiver claims to some depth up front, particularly is Wilkerson’s knee injury is more serious once he is evaluated today.

Linebackers (6): Leroy Hill, Aaron Curry, David Hawthorne, Matt McCoy, K.J. Wright, Malcolm Smith. Comment: If Seattle kept seven linebackers, David Vobora would be next in line. Maybe they decide that Malcolm Smith needs more seasoning and try to slide him on the practice squad, but I think right now he’s earned a spot on the team. McCoy proved that not only can he contribute on special teams, but he’s a quality depth guy at linebacker. Defensive backs (9): Marcus Trufant, Brandon Browner, Walter Thurmond, Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor, Atari Bigby, Josh Pinkard and Jeron Johnson.

Comment: I basically chose Johnson over Baldwin because he will play more of the special teams and gives you more value on the roster. For that reason they could decide to keep Byron Maxwell on as well.

Total defense: 24

Specialty (3): Jon Ryan, Jeff Reed, Clint GreshamComment: Reed has been solid in camp so far kicking field goals, but he could still get a little more depth on his kickoffs. Ryan and Gresham have both been consistent.

Practice squad: CB Byron Maxwell, WR Doug Baldwin, S Mark LeGree, WR Ricardo Lockette, DT David Howard, LB Mike Morgan, OL Lemuel Jeanpierre, DE Jameson Konz.

PUP list: DT Colin Cole, CB Roy Lewis, WR Deon Butler, TE Cameron Morrah.