Monday, August 20, 2012
Seahawks 2012 Roster At A Glance, August 20
This post is an analysis of the Seahawks 53 man roster, projected for week 1 of the 2012 season.
Offense - 26
QB - Keep 3; Matt Flynn, Russell Wilson, Josh Portis. Tarvaris Jackson will be waved or traded before week 1. Flynn has the skills and experience to be the No. 1. Wilson could contend for that spot in 2013 and play some in '12 if Flynn gets injured.
RB - Keep 4; Marshawn Lynch; Michael Robinson, Leon Washington, Robert Turbin. This unit seems set. Veterans Kregg Lumpkin and Tyrell Sutton can both play, but probably not on this team. Vai Taua looks like a Practice Squad candidate.
OL - Keep 10; Okung, McQuistan, Unger, Giacomini are set; J.R. Sweezy and Duece Lutui are locked in a battle for RG; John Moffitt will be out until week 1 but will make the roster. Backups: Alex Barron, Frank Omiyale, Lemuel Jeanpierre. James Carpenter will start the season on PUP. Rishaw Johnson is a Practice Squad candidate.
TE - Keep 3; Zach Miller. Kellen Winslow, Anthony McCoy. McCoy has blocked well enough to be the no. 3 TE, but still needs to improve his pass catching. Miller seems to be concussion prone, and the clock could be ticking on him, but he is the best blocking TE of the group. Winslow is the pass catching TE. Rookies Sean McGrath (45) and Cooper Helfet (43) are both good prospects and the best one will likely wind up on the Practice Squad.
WR - Keep 6; This is the toughest group to rate, but right now I'd have to go with Sidney Rice, Golden Tate, Braylon Edwards, and Ben Obamanu on the outside, with Doug Baldwin and Deon Butler as the slot guys. T.O. and Ricardo Lockette have to step it up to make the squad. Obamanu makes it because of his Special Teams skills. Injuries could take a toll here as Rice and Baldwin have yet to play in preseason. Practice Squad candidates are Jermaine Kearse and Lavasier Tunei.
Defense - 24
DL - Keep 9; This is a deep and talented group. The starters are set with Red Bryant, Brandon Mebane, Alan Branch, and Chis Clemmons. Jason Jones will be a backup and play on passing downs. 1st round pick Bruce Irvin will play a lot in the passing packages. Clinton McDonald and 4th round pick Jay Howard look like keepers. Greg Scruggs seems like the 9th guy. The sleeper is DE Cordarro Law out of Southern Miss. He is likely set for the practice squad.
LB - Keep 6; Another muddled group like the WR's. The starters are set with KJ Wright at the SAM, Bobby Wagner at the MIke, and LeRoy Hill at the WILL. Beyond that it's a guessing game. Mike Morgan has stuck out, but he and Maclom Smith, both USC alums, look like special teamers rather than backups and both are undersized at 226 lbs. Rookie 5th round pick Korey Toomer has the size at 6'2" and 234, but hasn't shown much in preseason. Heath Farwell also looks like a special teams standout. Backup MIke Barrett Ruud looks like his tank is empty. Best guess is that it's Toomer, Morgan, and Farwell, but this could be a spot where the Hawks cut everyone but the starters and Toomer and then scan the waiver wire for help after the final cutdown.
DB - Keep 9; The starters are set and they are the best group in the NFL. Pro Bowlers Brandon Browner, Kam Chancellor, and Earl Thomas are joined by near-Pro Bowler Richard Sherman. Jeron Johnson has the backup safety spot clinched. Chris Maragos (42) is a cruncher. Winston Guy (27) is a player the team would like to keep but he has to improve his special teams play over game 2 or he could end up on the Practice Squad.
CB backups are likely Phillip Adams and Byron Maxwell, with Marcus Trufant a keeper as the slot guy. There's a lot of question as to whether Tru has enough left in the tank. We'll see. Walter Thurmond will start the season on PUP.
Specialists - Keep 3; Snapper Clint Gresham, P John Ryan, and K Steven Hauschka.
Practice Squad (7) - Vai Taua (RB), Rishaw Johnson (OL), Sean McGrath (TE), Jermaine Kearse (WR), Lavasier Tunei (WR), Cordarro Law (DE), Winston Guy (S)
Posted by Dave Bara at 11:52 AM