Quarterback Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks passes the ball against the Oakland Raiders during a preseason game at O.co Coliseum on August 28, 2014 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
The Seahawks must trim their roster from 75 to 53 by 1 p.m. Saturday in preparation for the regular season. With over a month of training camp practices and four preseason games now in the rear-view mirror, it's time to take our best guess as to what the roster will look like.
Without further ado...
Quarterbacks (2): Russell Wilson, Tarvaris Jackson
Russell Wilson has looked stellar this preseason as the starter and Tarvaris Jackson appears completely safe as the team's backup.
The question at quarterback is what to do with Terrelle Pryor.
Well, after seeing him all preseason, I think it would be a mistake if the team kept him and don't think they will. Pryor's athletic ability is outstanding. However, he just isn't a consistent or accurate passer. He's only under contract for this season and B.J. Daniels has looked more impressive as a passer throughout the preseason.
Ultimately, keeping a third quarterback on the roster isn't going to be worth it. They could use that roster spot more adequately at another position that would actually have a chance to play this season.
Why I could be wrong? Pryor would give them a great scouting look for their games against Cam Newton, Robert Griffin III and Colin Kaepernick this season. But again, I don't feel that's worth a roster spot.
Running Backs (5): Marshawn Lynch, Robert Turbin, Christine Michael, Derrick Coleman, Spencer Ware
The running back group is fairly straightforward this year. The top three running backs are all locks and Derrick Coleman seems set as the team's fullback.
I elected to keep Spencer Ware as he is their only truly big back and has proven to be solid on special teams duty as well.
Tight Ends (2): Zach Miller, Luke Willson
Seattle kept only two tight ends coming out of training camp a year ago and I believe they will do the same again this season. If Anthony McCoy had stayed healthy, I would have thought otherwise. However, with his Achilles injury and Cooper Helfet getting banged up in Week 3 of the preseason, I believe they will only keep two.
Helfet isn't the greatest blocker out there and Seattle showed a willingness to use Alvin Bailey as an extra tight end last season.
Wide Receivers (6): Percy Harvin, Doug Baldwin, Jermaine Kearse, Ricardo Lockette, Paul Richardson, Kevin Norwood
I elected to keep Kevin Norwood on the active roster because he is close to returning to the practice field. He showed flashes in limited opportunities this preseason before needing surgery to remove a bone spur from his foot.
Seattle could place Norwood on the short-term injured reserve list, which would sideline him for eight weeks. However, they only use that once this season and can't seem them doing that for a 5th/6th receiver out of training camp.
Bryan Walters is likely the last guy to be cut here, which is a very difficult move to make. His versatility helps them as a returner on special teams as well but Norwood has more upside as a long-term receiving option.
Offensive Line (9): Russell Okung, James Carpenter, Max Unger, J.R. Sweezy, Justin Britt, Alvin Bailey, Lemuel Jeanpierre, Caylin Hauptmann, Garry Gilliam
Maybe my one "surprise" cut comes via veteran tackle Eric Winston.
Seattle only keeps seven linemen active on game days. Those seven are pretty clearly going to be the five starters, Alvin Bailey and Lemuel Jeanpierre. Winston is scheduled to make up to just over $1 million this season. I can't see them paying him that to be inactive each week. Also, the injury of Heath Farwell has forced Seattle to carry some extra dead money on their salary cap that I believe they may try to recoup some of here with a cut of Winston.
Gilliam shows promise as a long-term left tackle prospect. He's young and raw now but his tools are too intriguing to let walk at this point. Hauptmann has the versatility to play both guard and tackle.
Defensive Line (10): Cliff Avril, Brandon Mebane, Tony McDaniel, Michael Bennett, Kevin Williams, O'Brien Schofield, Greg Scruggs, Jordan Hill, Cassius Marsh, Benson Mayowa
Greg Scruggs, Jordan Hill and Benson Mayowa all had solid performances Thursday night against the Raiders as they battled for their roster spots. Seattle likes to keep a large number of defensive linemen and believe all will find a way onto the roster.
Linebackers (7): K.J. Wright, Bobby Wagner, Bruce Irvin, Malcolm Smith, Mike Morgan, Brock Coyle, Kevin Pierre-Louis
Feel this group has become pretty locked in at this point. Coyle has played well this preseason. Pierre-Louis has received praise for his ability from head coach Pete Carroll. The only cut here is Korey Toomer. Though Toomer has also shown promise, injuries have cost him a chance at the roster now. He could still be a practice squad consideration.
Cornerbacks (5): Richard Sherman, Byron Maxwell, Jeremy Lane, Tharold Simon, Phillip Adams
Fairly logical group here. The top four seem set in stone. Since I elected to cut Bryan Walters at receiver, I kept Phillip Adams over Akeem Auguste and safety Steven Terrell because of his ability as a kick returner and on special teams. Adams could spell Earl Thomas on punts when it's not necessary for their starting safety to be out there.
Safeties (4): Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor, Jeron Johnson, DeShawn Shead
Another fairly logical group here. DeShawn Shead gives the versatility to help at cornerback as well as safety and is a strong special teams player. Steven Terrell looked promising as well and could be a practice squad candidate.
Special Teams (3): Steven Hauschka, Jon Ryan, Clint Gresham
Seattle didn't even have extra legs in camp to spell Steven Hauschka or Jon Ryan. No questions necessary here.
Non-Football Injury (1): Eric Pinkins
The rookie defensive back was already placed on the reserve/non-football injury list at the cutdown to 75 players and will remain there for at least the first six weeks of the season.