With 53 players on the active roster, many Seahawks go unnoticed by fans. Of course with fantasy football and Madden, the spotlight shines bright on top tier talent. What gets missed, however, are guys with great stories.
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Seahawks who will contribute one day.
The following players are worth your attention. Their stories inspire and their potential is well known to Seattle coaches.
1. Greg Scruggs
Seattle’s 7th round selection in the 2012 draft was born in Cincinnati, August 17, 1990. Scruggs grew up in a housing project called Winton Terrace. In 2003, he joined the local Boys Hope Girls Hope residential program, a program Scruggs remained in throughout high school.
Steve Sprect, St. Xavier’s head football coach, invited Scruggs to join the team as a senior. Going 15-0, St. Xavier won a state title. Scruggs earned 2nd Team All-GCL honors as a DE. He was also Honorable Mention, All-Cincinnati. To top it off, Greg Scruggs was named to the North-South All-Star game.
As a true freshman at Louisville, he played in nine games at DE. Showing great promise in his four years with the Cardinals, he found a NFL home in Seattle. Scruggs became the team’s second DE taken from the Big East (Bruce Irvin) that year.
Greg Scruggs is listed as #2 on Seattle’s depth chart behind Michael Bennett.
2. Cooper Helfet
Ready for this roller coaster of a career. Signed by Seattle as an undrafted free agent in May 2012. Released after training camp. Brought back to Seattle in December 2012 as a practice squad player. Released after training camp in 2013. Today he is listed as the 3rd TE.
It’s safe to say, Helfet is the poster boy for endurance.
Cooper garnered 1st team honors at TE as a high school senior. After graduating, he accepted a scholarship to Johns Hopkins University to play Lacrosse. Soon after he enrolled at Santa Rosa (CA) Junior College to play football. His performance earned him a spot on the Duke University team. It was there he was awarded All-ACC honors after his senior campaign.
As explained earlier, Helfet has experienced highs and lows as a pro. His positive attitude and work ethic makes it tough for coach Carroll to forget this TE.
3. Bryan Walters
I figured you’d want to become more familiar with Seattle’s recently named punt returner. Thanks to a forgettable performance by Earl Thomas, Walters got the job.
As is the case with many Seahawks, Bryan Walters entered the league undrafted. In this case it was San Diego who gave him a shot. During training camp he had an injury prompting the Chargers to cut him. Later that year he was re-signed.
In April, 2012, Walters signed with the Minnesota Vikings. Five short months later he was cut.
After his release, Walters signed a futures contract with Seattle. In November he was once again released. The next month he was signed to their practice squad. Shortly after, on December 19, 2013, Bryan Walters was promoted to the active roster of the Seahawks. This move was due to the suspension of CB Brandon Browner.
In 2014, maybe out of habit, Seattle released Walters only to re-sign him on September 2. If all goes well as a returner, Walters will finally have the stability he’s Benn looking for.
I hope you learned some new information as provided by the Seahawks and NFL.com. I did.
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