easy," Holmgren said. "The young guys we had to let go, most of them were
the young guys we played in
Here are those 12 players:
QB Erik Meyer – Payton Award winner at Eastern Washington University and NFL Europa standout who didn't get a lot of time to show what he could do, but Meyer could impress some pro scout with his mobility and effeciency.
WR Robert Ortiz – The young man from
WR Chris Jones – A gifted athlete, Jones was caught up in the numbers game this year as the Seahawks have at least seven receivers who are legitimate threats to make the final roster and the team is likely to only keep six…possibly five. Jones has the physical tools to be a successful receiver in the league.
RB A.J. Harris – Harris may have had a better chance of making the final roster if Marquis Weeks hadn't stepped up with one of the best pre-seasons of all the backs (as Weeks generally does). Harris is a solid runner, but he got very few chances to show what he can do. Special teams, especially kickoff returns and coverage, are where he'll need to find a home with another team.
TE Andy Stokes – With the depth issues the Seahawks
had heading into camp, you had to believe that any tight end who
could block and catch the ball would have a chance. However, Stokes didn't
get much of an opportunity to show what he could do, and the team decided
to stick with a more talented youngster in Joe Newton for now.
OG Jason Murphy – Murphy has interesting potential, but the Seahawks have a ton of experienced players who can play inside and one of their youngsters, Mansfield Wrotto, showed himself to be much more ready for game-action than was originally thought. With Murphy's mauling style and his experience against top notch talent in the ACC during his college career, expect him to eventually catch on somewhere. Teams in need are always looking for tough interior linemen.
C Austin King – The Seahawks have had the luxury of an experienced center for the past several years, but the retirement of Robbie Tobeck and the promotion of third-year C Chris Spencer means there's an opening in the backup pivot position, but King just isn't strong enough at this point to allow him to handle the 320-pounders who inhabit the middle of the defensive lines across the league.
OG Jonathan Alston – Alston is a great athlete and he was
with the Washington Redskins' training camp the past two years. He's just
not physical enough in his play and didn't have much of a chance to make
LB Marcus Rucker – Rucker is a solid athlete, but
CB Dennis Davis –
S Patrick Ghee – Ghee is a big hitter, but struggles in coverage and will be a liability on that side of the ball. He has to hope to catch on as a special teams demon somewhere.
K Kurt Smith – I doubt Smith had any illusions as
to making the final roster with the presence of Josh Brown, so it's more likely
he used his time during training camp and the preseason as a showcase of his
talents to the other NFL squads. Teams are constantly looking to replace kickers
and get better in their kicking game so Smith will likely have ample opportunity
to make a name for himself sometime in the near future.
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