Seahawks: a far too early depth chart for skill positions

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Geno Smith, possibly the Seahawks backup QB

CARSON, CA – AUGUST 18: Geno Smith #3 of the Los Angeles Chargers passes in the pocket in front of Rasheem Green #94 of the Seattle Seahawks during the second quarter of a presseason game at StubHub Center on August 18, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

The Seahawks have some big shoes to fill on offense, and a lot of mediums, too. Here’s what I see for the skill position depth charts in 2019.

Previously I groused about a major site’s depth chart that earned some head-scratching. Time for me to make my own bad predictions, so you can remind me of my own futility. The interesting competition in the Seahawks backfield is for the backup spots, not the starters. Even though I saw the acquisition of Paxton Lynch as low-risk, high-reward  (okay maybe medium reward), Geno Smith simply fits the Seahawks system much better.

I am fully aware the same scenario played out in 2017 between Trevone Boykin and Austin Davis, and the system guy lost out. Smith will have to stink up the joint as badly as Boykin did in a couple of those 2017 preseason games, and I don’t see that happening. Smith is in, Lynch is out.

The other constant starter in the backfield will be at running back. As Lee Vowell wrote, that starter will certainly be Chris Carson. This is the year Rashaad Penny has to prove he wasn’t a first-round reach. I believe he’ll do just that, but he still won’t unseat Carson. I also believe Seattle’s sixth-round pick Travis Homer will take over the third-down specialist role Mike Davis played so well last year. Homer has shown great pass-blocking skills already, so he’s ready to step in when needed.

I expect both J.D. McKissic and C.J. Prosise will keep their roles as emergency fill-ins, but I give the edge to McKissic as the next man up. If a player Seattle likes is released this summer, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Prosise cut loose. As much as the Hawks like him, his injury history doesn’t earn a lot of confidence. Nick Bellore is the only fullback in camp right now, so for the moment, he’s the man.

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