Over the next few days, I’m going to preview the roster battles that we’ll be watching once training camp gets here. I’m starting with the “skill positions,” simply because they’re the most straight forward this year. Might as well take out the easiest battles right off that bat.
Locks: Russell Wilson
On The Bubble: Brady Quinn, Tarvaris Jackson
This is probably the easiest position on the roster to figure out, which is a nice change from past years. Wilson is the starter, and one of the other 2 will be his backup. I believe it’ll be Jackson, but Quinn isn’t out of it by any means. There’s no young project QB on the roster at the moment, so the chances of the team keeping a 3rd QB is almost zero right now.
Locks: Marshawn Lynch, Christine Michael, Robert Turbin
On The Bubble: Michael Robinson, Spencer Ware,
Longer Odds: Derrick Coleman
Michael Robinson is the player to watch in this group. His supposed replacement has been drafted, and his salary makes him a likely casualty. The roster crunch makes it unlikely that the team keeps 5 backs, so Robinson has his work cut out for him at this point. That said, the offense has better with him on the field than without him the past 2 seasons, so I don’t think he’ll be let go unless ware proves he can be an upgrade.
Tight Ends (3)
Locks: Zach Miller, Luke Willson
On The Bubble: Sean McGrath
Longer Odds: Cooper Helfet, Darren Fells, Victor Marshall
The loss of Anthony McCoy to a season ending injury muddles this position group’s outlook. That 3rd TE spot is now up for grabs, though it appears that McGrath has the inside track at this point. Darren Fells had been getting some nice press since he signed because he’s a former basketball player. The problem is that in the team’s OTAs, he looked like a basketball player, and not a football player. I’d say he has the longest odds to make the roster.
Wide Receiver (6)
Locks: Percy Harvin, Sydney Rice, Doug Baldwin, Golden Tate, Chris Harper
On The Bubble:
Longer Odds: Phil Bates, Arceto Clark, Greg Herd, Jermaine Kerse, Charly Martin, Brett Swain, Justin Veltung, Bryan Walters, Stephan Williams
The history of the team under Carroll says the team will keep 6 WRs. Who that 6th player will be though is anyone’s guess though. Given the lack of solid options, it’s possible the team keeps just 5 and uses the roster spot to keep an extra back or TE, but I doubt that happens.