Seahawks pre-training camp 53-man roster predictions
By Lee Vowell
Special teams and Practice Squad
The Seahawks are set at kicker and punter, though returning kicks is in question. And the NFL and NFLPA recently agreed to expand practice squads to 16 players from 10 in 2020. Who will Seattle keep on the squad?
Kicker: Jason Myers
I know the Seahawks have a recent history of kickers not doing well and there is some PTSD that goes along with that. But Myers wasn’t bad last year; He just wasn’t as good as in 2018. Still, he didn’t miss inside 40 yards going 17 for 17. He also made 91 percent of his extra points which isn’t terrible in today’s NFL. The only real concern was that his length of kickoffs got worse. He needs to improve this in 2020.
Punter: Michael Dickson
To be fair, Dickson’s 2019 season was going to be a failure based on expectations and how good he was in his rookie season of 2018. He did shank some punts. But he is likely to be better in 2020 as he is committed to his craft and won’t be happy with his 2019 season compared to his 2018 campaign.
Long snapper: Tyler Ott
Ott is as much of a lock on this team as Russell Wilson is at quarterback.
Returner: Freddie Swain
This is just a total guess, of course, but one reason I think Swain makes the roster is that he can return kicks. He isn’t the quality of Tyler Lockett is, but Lockett is needed more as a receiver than a kick or punt returner at this point.
To be honest, the practice squad is a bit of a crapshoot as Seattle can pick up players let go by other teams. But among the practice squad players will be the following:
Quarterback Anthony Gordon
Linebacker Ben Burr-Kirven
Defensive tackle Demarcus Christmas
Receiver Stephen Sullivan
Offensive lineman Cedric Ogbuechi
Defensive tackle Josh Avery
Cornerback Gavin Heslop
Linebacker Eli Mencer
Receiver Seth Dawkins
Receiver Aaron Fuller
Offensive lineman Ethan Pocic
Offensive lineman Tommy Champion
Tight end Dominick Wood-Anderson