Seahawks practice squad takes shape with more moves to come
The Seahawks signed seven players to their practice squad so far. Let’s look at why they wound up here instead of the 53 man roster.
Once the Seahawks cut the roster to 53 players, they began signing players to their practice squad. Each team can carry as many as ten players, and Seattle is expected to carry the maximum number. Each player must clear waivers before he can be signed to the squad. The claiming team must sign him to its 53 man roster, though. So anyone plucked off the waiver wire has to have at least a lot of potential. That’s exactly the case with the player the Seahawks lost to the Cleveland Browns. We’ll take a look at that player in just a bit.
First, the practice squad so far. Each are linked to their preseason stats.
The practice squad so far
Mike Davis, running back. Davis played well in preseason, as he gained 106 yards on 24 carries. Just playing well doesn’t make you stand out on a roster loaded with running backs, though.
Cyril Grayson, wide receiver. Ah, the LSU track star who last played football in high school. He’s one of my picks as a breakout star in 2018. I also wrote something about him having big potential for this season, and I was clearly insane when I wrote that. One catch in four preseason games doesn’t put you on the 53 man roster. The Seahawks certainly see his long term potential, though.
Joey Hunt, center. Hunt of course was a backup last season. As a team veteran, he’s one of two players that can be added to the practice squad. Offensive line wunderkind Ethan Pocic pushed Hunt off the active roster.
David Moore, wide receiver. Moore simply didn’t show enough in the preseason to make it onto a talented offensive unit. Moore’s name hasn’t appeared on the official transaction sheet with the league, but even my grandma is reporting this one.
Garrison Smith, defensive tackle. Smith only got into three preseason games and saw limited action in those. The trade for Sheldon Richardson pushed everybody on the line back a step.
Tyrone Swoopes, tight end. The former Texas Longhorn quarterback was a very long shot to make the roster. Learning a new position at the NFL level isn’t the easiest job in the world.
Mike Tyson, defensive back. Tyson simply missed too much time in the preseason with a pulled groin. The fact the Seahawks singed him to the practice squad proves they liked what they saw in camp, though.
Seven players in, three to go.
I wouldn’t be a bit surprised to see Kache Palacio make the squad. He was on the practice squad last year of course, and as a Washington State Cougar, he brings that hometown kid feel-good vibe. Never hurts to lead the team in solo tackles and assists in preseason, either. Defensive tackle Quinton Jefferson is one strong possibility to make the practice squad as well.
We’ll keep you posted on the latest signings of course. Keep an eye on our Twitter feed for all your Sehawks news as always, 12s.
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