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Ex-UW Huskies WRs Kasen Williams, Kevin Smith among first seven on Seahawks’ practice squad

Former Washington Huskies wide receiver Kasen Williams is one of seven players the Seahawks signed for a minimum of $6,600 weekly to be on its initial practice squad for 2015.
Former Washington Huskies wide receiver Kasen Williams is one of seven players the Seahawks signed for a minimum of $6,600 weekly to be on its initial practice squad for 2015. AP

Kasen Williams and Kevin Smith wanted more. They wanted to be on the Seahawks’ 53-man roster, of course.

But the two former Washington Huskies and the other five who are on the Seahawks’ initial practice squad shouldn’t get discouraged. Or too settled.

Seattle’s practice squad is a constantly evolving tryout team. Last season four of the initial eight players on the practice squad got promoted and played in a regular-season game: Allen, wide receiver Chris Matthews, safety Terrance Parks and safety Steven Terrell. Three of 2014’s original practice-squad players are now on the Seahawks’ 53-man active roster for the start of this regular season: Matthews, Terrell and B.J. Daniels.

Matthews was on and off the practice squad in six different transactions last regular season. Then he made his first four NFL catches for a 100-yard receiving night with his first career touchdown in the Super Bowl.

Seattle made 42 transactions on and off the practice squad in 17 weeks last regular season. That doesn’t count the signings off of other teams’ practice squads, or Seattle losing two players off its practice squad to other team’s active rosters.

The team has three more spots to fill on the practice squad. Multiple reports say now-former New England Patriots rookie cornerback Justin Coleman will be one addition to Seattle’s 10-man practice squad.

As you can see above the Seahawks also officially announced the trade of Christine Michael, which we covered earlier Sunday here.

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