Aug 11, 2012; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll after the game against the Tennessee Titans at CenturyLink Field. Seattle defeated Tennessee 27-17. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-US PRESSWIRE

Seattle Seahawks Roster Battle Update

With 1 preseason game in the books, it’s time to look at the roster battles and see how things are shaping up. There’s been some significant changes since camp started. Take a look.


Quarterback (3)

Locks Matt Flynn, Russell Wilson
On The Bubble Josh Portis
Work Left To Do Tarvaris Jackson
Comments: Flynn and Wilson both played well in week 1, leaving Jackson on the outside looking in. I don’t believe there is anything Jackson can do in practice to save his job. Jackson much hope that one of the other 2 really falters, leaving Pete Carroll worried about the backup roll, and I just don’t think that happens.


Wide Receiver (6)

Locks Sydney Rice, Doug Baldwin, Golden Tate
On The Bubble Ben Obomanu, Richardo Lockette, Braylon Edwards, Terrell Owens, Deon Butler
Work Left To Do Phil Bates, Charly Martin, Lavasier Tuinei, Cameron Kenny, Jermaine Kearse, Kris Durham
Comments: Kris Durham has probably been the most disappointing player in camp, and went from having a chance at the starting spot after the release of Mike Williams, to it taking a miracle for him to make the team.  This roster battle is really heating up, and will likely come down to the 5 players on the bubble competing for 3 spots. I expect Butler to lose out, and the other one is anyone’s guess.


Running Backs (4)

Locks Marshawn Lynch, Robert Turbin, Michael Robinson, Leon Washington
On The Bubble
Work Left To Do Tyrell Sutton, Vai Taua, Kregg Lumpkin
Comments: Baring a major injury or Pete Carroll suffering a brain injury, this position group seems set. Leon Washinton answers concerns that he was only a special teams player by looking very strong against the first team Titans defense.


Offensive Line (10)

Locks Russell Okung, Max Unger, Breno Giacomini, John Moffitt, Paul McQuistan, JR Sweezy, Duece Lutui, Alex Barron, James Carpenter*
On The Bubble Rishaw Johnson, Frank Omiyale, Lemeul JeanPierre
Work Left To Do Paul Fanika, Edawn Coughman, Alex Barron, Allen Barbe,
Comments: Sweezy has been a huge surprise in camp and almost certainly makes the team. Another surprise is Moffitt spending enough time at C to think that JeanPierre, who started at RG at the end of the season, could be a roster crunch victim to help Sweezy stick., especially after Carpenter comes off the PUP. Backup tackle is a concern right now, but the entra interior linemen could mean McQuistan moves outside in case of significant injury at OT


Tight Ends (3-4)

Locks Kellen Winslow, Zach Miller
On The Bubble Cameron Morrah, Anthony McCoy
Work Left To Do Sean McGrath
Comments: McGrath has impressed as a receiver, but he and Morrah both don’t block well. Only McCoy is a efficient enough blocker to back up Miller, but McCoy is really poor in the passing game. With Miller’s health now a concern, I expect McCoy to make the team. The question is whether or not one of the others sticks as a 4th TE. Don’t count out the possibility of a waiver claim at the position.


Safety (3-4)

Locks Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor, Winston Guy
On The Bubble Jeron Johnson
Work Left To Do DeShawn Shead, Phillip Adams
Comments: Any of the 3 non-locks could make this team as a backup at FS. Edge to Johnson right now. Expect whoever looks best on special teams to get the nod, and no, that isn’t a joke.


Corner (4-5)

Locks Brandon Browner, Richard Sherman, Roy Lewis, Walter Thurmond*,
On The Bubble Marcus Trufant, Jeremy Lane, Chris Maragos
Work Left To Do Francies Coye, Chris Maragos, Byron Maxwell, Ron Parker
Comments: I wouldn’t have expected it after last season, but Roy Lewis is a lock to make this roster. He must have not been healthy last year, but this is a vasty different player. Trufant has played well , and I expect him to make the team, along with Jeremy Lane. If the team decides that Trufant is expendable, look for Maragos to get the nod.


Linebacker (7)

Locks KJ Wright, Bobby Wagner, Leroy Hill, Heath Farwell
On The Bubble Barrett Ruud, Korey Toomer, Matt McCoy, Mike Morgan
Work Left To Do Allen Bradford, Kyle Knox, Jameson Konz, Malcolm Smith, Matt McCoy
Comments: Barrett Rude is slipping and if he doesn’t get healthy enough to show something he’s going to drop. None of the youngsters have pushed Leroy Hill, and that’s disappointing, but it makes his roster spot easy to call. Special Teams ace Heath Farwell has been surprisingly non awful at MLB, and this I simply can’t see him not making the team.

DE (5)

Locks Chris Clemons, Bruce Irvin, Red Bryant,
On The Bubble Dexter Davis, Greg Scruggs, Cordarro Law
Work Left To Do Pierre Allen
Comments: All of the DE, even Allen, are making this tough on the coaches. This might be the deepest position on the team. Expect Law to see the team desperately try and get at least 1 of these guys on the practice squad.


DT (4)

Locks Brandon Mebane, Alan Branch, Jason Jones
On The Bubble Jaye Howard, Clinton McDonald
Work Left To Do Pep Linginston
Comments: McDonald has really impressed, and is probably the backup NT. Howard looks like he could develop into another Jason Jones type DE/3-tech hybrid. Seahawks have a tough choice to make to try and keep both.

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