Seahawks roster projection: Version 5.0, our final guess

SEATTLE, WA - AUGUST 25: Quarterback Austin Davis #6 of the Seattle Seahawks drops back to pass against the Kansas City Chiefs at CenturyLink Field on August 25, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - AUGUST 25: Quarterback Austin Davis #6 of the Seattle Seahawks drops back to pass against the Kansas City Chiefs at CenturyLink Field on August 25, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images) /
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The Seahawks have one game left in their 2017 preseason. That’s one game for players to try to make the 53-man roster. There are still some spots open. With that said, here is my latest projection (slash total guess) for who plays in Seattle this season.

Final roster cuts in the NFL have to be made by 1 pm PT on September 2nd, which is this Saturday. A lot of Seattle roster spots are probably filled with veteran Seahawks. Guys like Russell Wilson, Richard Sherman and Blitz are sure to show their faces for the home team in 2017. (Well, in Blitz’s case, the costume’s face.)

Here is my latest prediction of who makes the 53-man roster for Seattle. (I have highlighted in bold the players who are new to my projection.)


Quarterbacks (2):

Starter: Russell Wilson

Backup: Trevone Boykin

Toughest Cut: Austin Davis

Summary: Well, Boykin stunk against the Kansas City Chiefs. Completed pass? Nope. Interception? Yes. QBR? Um, that would be zero. Austin Davis then came in and looked great! Backup quarterback battle will commence against the Oakland Raiders in the Seattle’s preseason finale on Thursday.

Running Backs (6):

Starter: Thomas Rawls

Backups: Eddie Lacy, C.J. Prosise , J.D. McKissic and Chris Carson

Fullback: Marcel Reece

Toughest Cuts: Mike Davis and Tre Madden

Summary: Remember Alex Collins? Seattle did not seem to against the Chiefs on Friday. He had zero carries. Consider his Seahawks career over and done.

I still think Reece makes the team. I thought he would be a lock. But after Tre Madden did so well on Friday, now I am not so sure. Madden is younger but far less proven. Plus, Reece has not done much in the preseason.

I also think Rawls is the starter in week one. The hope is he was actually healthy enough to play on Friday and the Seahawks just held him out because he didn’t need to risk injury. Lacy played pretty well on Friday, though, so anything is possible as far as week one starter.

Prosise is a big concern. Pete Carroll suggested he could have played against the Chiefs. But he seems so fragile.

McKissic offers the versatility of playing tailback and returning kicks. He could also play out wide as a receiver. With some doubt about Tyler Lockett’s immediate ability to return kicks and punts, McKissic might be a must for the Seahawks to keep. Plus, I have him listed at running back because that is what he played against the Chiefs.

Carson has been a beast in the preseason. Let’s hope he carries that into the regular season.

Wide Receivers (6):

Starters: Doug Baldwin, Tyler Lockett and Paul Richardson

Backups: Jermaine Kearse, Amara Darboh and Kasen Williams

Toughest Cut: Tanner McEvoy

Summary: Williams was not as great against the Chiefs as he has been the rest of this preseason. But Boykin was throwing him the passes, so he cannot really be critiqued correctly.

Kearse looked like Kearse can do at his best of times Friday. He made tough catches and looked strong. Almost as if someone mentioned to Kearse that he had a chance of not making the team.

Darboh makes the team, but should he? Simply because he was drafted this season? He certainly hasn’t been better in camp or the preseason than McEvoy. Or David Moore. Or Cyril Grayson.

Seriously, let’s get Baldwin, Richardson and Lockett all out there week one and healthy and let opposing defenses deal with them. Good luck!

Tight Ends (3):

Starter: Jimmy Graham

Backups: Luke Willson and Nick Vannett

Summary: Graham looked excellent in limited time. He’s ready.

Willson and Vannett will contribute some, but this is Graham’s world.

Offensive Line (9):

Starters: LT Rees Odhiambo, LG Luke Joeckel, C Justin Britt, RG Oday Aboushi, RT Germain Ifedi

Backups: Ethan Pocic, Mark Glowinski, Jordan Roos and Matt Tobin

IR: George Fant

Toughest Cut: Joey Hunt

Summary: That Pocic has been taking snaps at center most likely means Hunt is gone. The Seahawks want to keep nine linemen. Hunt has the least amount of versatility and versatility is what Seattle likes that in all units of their team.

I have switched up who I think will start. Odhiambo did well enough to make me think he might be an OK left tackle. Joeckel mostly looks pretty guard. So he should stay there. Glowinski and Aboushi will battle it out against the Raiders for the right to start week one. But I think Aboushi has been better in preseason games so far. Ifedi was better against the Chiefs. He needs to work on his consistency, though.

Tobin has been added to the team via trade since my last projection and has done OK. If Odhiambo suffers, Tobin will go in.