Four players worth watching for Seahawks vs Chargers

SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 24: Seahawks running back Alex Collins (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 24: Seahawks running back Alex Collins (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images) /

The Seattle Seahawks start their road towards cutting down the roster from 90 to 53 in today’s preseason game in Los Angeles. Several players who have stood out in camp so far are still on the roster bubble. Here are four who need to splash in kinda real games.

Think about this for a second, in less than a month Seattle will have 37 fewer players. A lot of them may go on to productive careers with other teams. The Seahawks are not a team afraid of taking a chance on a player. How many current Seahawks went undrafted and are pretty good? Michael Bennett and Doug Baldwin to name two.

I could go through all 37 most probable roster cuts here, but I am far too lazy. Instead, I give you four that could go either way.

Chris Carson

Wow. What a camp this rookie has had. A seventh-round pick in this years draft, he has done nothing but show he belongs on an NFL roster. If Carson had been chosen in the second-round, he would be a lock to make the team.

The issue with Carson is he is a rookie running back. Can he make the blocks that need to be made? Can he take a camp where he was not really tackled and turn that into real action? The Seahawks seem likely to keep four tailbacks and one fullback. Carson is in a fight with the guy below to make the final cut. So far, he has earned it. He has four preseason games to be prove his place.

Alex Collins

Collins lost weight this offseason to try to get quicker. I think he may have bought into a lot of speculation that he needed to come into camp last year bigger. A lot of fans had high hopes for Collins that be could be a sub-Marshawn Lynch-type player. Well, Lynch was not really Beast Mode in his rookie year either.

Collins has talent. He does need to work on his ball control, though, He fumbled twice in 42 touches last year. Too much. If Collins can go four preseason games and not fumble and be productive, he might find that he is the fourth tailback on the 2017 Seahawks.

Austin Davis

Davis defeated the Seahawks when he was with the Rams and played well that game. That may be Davis’s high-water mark for his career. Does he run well? Not really. He is not overly accurate or athletic.

Last year the Seahawks kept only Wilson and Trevone Boykin on the active roster at quarterback. Boykin has not looked great in camp. Davis still has to show he can run the offense well and score points, but Boykin’s play has given Davis a chance. If Boykin plays better in preseason games than he has in camp so far, he will be the backup. If he doesn’t, Davis needs to play better than Boykin to show he can be the backup.

Davis has a chance to make the Seahawks. Not a big one, but a chance.

J.D. McKissic

McKissic has some versatility. He is fast, too. The Seahawks need to keep six receivers for McKissic to get a spot. That is expected, but McKissic is in a fight with Kenny Lawler and Tanner McEvoy (and maybe Kasen Williams) for the sixth slot. McKissic has made himself special, though, because he can return kicks.

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If McKissic can catch a few balls and then get a good kick return or four, he has a decent chance to be on the final 53.