Seahawks Pre-Season Roster Analysis II
Dexter Davis has 2 QB sacks this pre-season
Dexter Davis has 2 QB sacks this pre-season
NorthwestFootball.net
Posted Aug 22, 2010


With two pre-season games in the books, Brian McIntyre of NorthwestFootball.net looks at the locks, bubble players, and long-shots on the Seattle Seahawks roster

Quarterbacks

Locks: Matt Hasselbeck, Charlie Whitehurst, J.P. Losman
Bubble: N/A
Long-Shots: N/A
Departures (since camp opened): N/A

The Seahawks’ quarterback position remains the same: Hasselbeck will start, Whitehurst will back him up, and Losman is the third/emergency quarterback.

Running Backs

Locks: Justin Forsett, Leon Washington, Julius Jones
Bubble: Quinton Ganther, Owen Schmitt Long-Shots: Louis Rankin
Departures (since camp opened): Ryan Powdrell (Waived/injured), Adrian Peterson (Waived)

Forsett and Washington are the top two backs, talent-wise, on the roster. But there are legitimate questions about Forsett’s ability to be a workhorse back, and Washington is still recovering from a serious injury. Jones’ salary is high ($2.45M), but not high enough for the Seahawks to weaken their backfield to pinch a few pennies. Ganther and Schmitt may be battling for one spot, with Ganther holding a versatility edge over the pure fullback.

Wide Receivers

Locks: T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Golden Tate, Deon Butler
Bubble: Deion Branch, Mike Williams, Ben Obomanu, Ruvell Martin, Brandon Jones
Long-Shots: Kole Heckendorf, Mike Hass
Departures (since camp opened): Sean Morey (retired), Isaiah Stanback (Waived/injured), Matt Simon (waived), Marcus Maxwell (IR, waived)

Houshmandzadeh’s base salary is guaranteed, and Tate and Butler are significant pieces Branch and Williams are nudging their way towards the “lock” category, while Obomanu had a solid outing against Green Bay which may give him an edge over Martin and the newly signed Brandon Jones for that sixth and final receiving spot.

Tight Ends

Locks: John Carlson, Chris Baker
Bubble: Anthony McCoy, Cameron Morrah
Long-Shots: Nick Tow-Arnett
Departures (since camp opened): Jameson Konz (Waived/injured)

Carlson and Baker are set, and McCoy appears to be ahead of Morrah on the internal depth chart. Do not be surprised if all four are kept.

Offensive Line

Locks: Russell Okung, Ben Hamilton, Chris Spencer, Max Unger, Sean Locklear, Ray Willis, Mansfield Wrotto
Bubble: Mike Gibson, Steve Vallos, Chester Pitts, Joe Toledo
Long-Shots: Jeff Byers, Mitch Erickson, Gregg Peat, Jacob Phillips
Departures (since camp opened): Adrian Martinez (waived, claimed by Indianapolis)

Little intrigue remaining from this group. Okung, Hamilton, Spencer, Unger, and Locklear are the starting five, with Willis—when he returns from knee surgery—playing the “swing” tackle. Wrotto joins the ranks of the “Locks” as he could be the starting left tackle on September 12. Gibson and Vallos make the 53-man roster if Pitts opens on PUP. If Pitts returns, Vallos could be the odd man out.

Defensive Line

Locks: Red Bryant, Brandon Mebane, Colin Cole, Chris Clemons, E.J. Wilson, Kevin Vickerson, Kentwan Balmer, Dexter Davis
Bubble: Ricky Foley, Nick Reed, Craig Terrill
Long-Shots: Rob Rose, Quinn Pitcock, Jonathan Lewis, Amon Gordon
Departures (since camp opened): Lawrence Jackson (Trade, Detroit)

Bryant, Mebane, Cole, and Clemons start, with Wilson and Vickerson slated to major roles in 2010. Balmer has $800,000 in guarantees on his contract, and if healthy, will likely be on the 53-man roster to start the season. Dexter Davis can play both defensive end and linebacker, and he has played very well in the pre-season, posting a pair of sacks and six total hits on opposing quartebacks. Reed is a back-up at the “Leo”, and posted a sack. Foley has yet to show much this summer, while Rose, Pitcock, Lewis, and Gordon need strong finishes to the pre-season to unseat Terrill.

Linebackers

Locks: Aaron Curry, Lofa Tatupu, Leroy Hill, David Hawthorne, Will Herring
Bubble: Matt McCoy, Tyjuan Hagler
Long-Shots: Joe Pawelek
Departures (since camp opened): Anthony Heygood (Waived/injured), Alvin Bowen (Waived)

Hill avoided a trial in his misdemeanor assault/domestic violence charge, which could be dismissed if Hill complies with court-ordered stipulations over the next 18 months. The NFL has yet to weigh in on the further discipline, and Hill is recovering a sprained knee, but the near resolution of his legal case is a positive, which elevates him to “lock” status. Hagler is starting to push McCoy for what may be one pure linebacker spot. (Dexter Davis can play linebacker, as well)

Secondary

Locks: Marcus Trufant, Kelly Jennings, Earl Thomas, Lawyer Milloy, Josh Wilson, Walter Thurmond, Kam Chancellor
Bubble: Jordan Babineaux, Kevin Ellison, Jamar Adams, Roy Lewis
Long-Shots: Kennard Cox, Cord Parks, Marcus Brown, Josh Pinkard
Departures (since camp opened): Chris Richards (Waived)

Trufant and Thomas have secured starting jobs, and Milloy is close to doing that himself. Wilson and Jennings are still in a battle for the starting job opposite Trufant, and “Future Starter” may as well be Thurmond’s nickname. Chancellor is the imposing “Thumper” the back-end of the secondary needs. Babineaux’s days as a starting safety appear over, but he plays close to the line of scrimmage and is an outstanding special teams player. Lewis has had a fine pre-season, and Cox and Parks have played well on special teams.

Specialists

Locks: Olindo Mare, Jon Ryan
Bubble: Clint Gresham
Long-Shots: Clint Stitser
Departures (since camp opened): Matt Overton (Waived)

Mare and Ryan remain the locks, and are potential Pro Bowlers. Gresham has looked good on extra points and field goals, but he’s made Ryan work to field his snaps on punts. Would not be surprised if a few veteran snappers are brought in for tryouts before the start of the regular season. Stitser is a camp leg.

Breakdown

Locks

Offense: 18
Defense: 20
Special teams: 2

Bubble

Offense: 13*
Defense: 9
Special teams: 1

Long-shots

Offense: 8
Defense: 9
Special teams: 0

81 players are listed, including Brandon Jones. Seattle will need to make a corresponding transaction to add him to the roster.

In addition to writing for NorthwestFootball.net, Brian McIntyre blogs daily at Mac's Football Blog. You can follow Brian on Twitter, and if you’d like to e-mail him, you can always do so by clicking here.


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