Seahawks position preview: Cornerback breakdowns, starters, and cuts
The starters will be Quinton Dunbar and Shaquill Griffin, no doubt about that. Another certainty will be that Tre Flowers will get plenty of opportunities to play behind the two as the CB3. I was hoping that going into the season Flowers, who was a safety in college and clearly has some versatility, could be the slot corner to give the Seahawks an amazing five-man defensive backfield of Dunbar, Griffin, Flowers, Diggs, and Adams.
It looks like the slot corner job will be Ugo Amadi’s with Marquise Blair right behind him on the depth chart, and just as he did in New York, Jamal Adams will probably see some snaps as the slot corner playing up to the line against some tight ends and slot receivers.
So DJ Reed will be on the injured list at the beginning of the season and will not count towards the 53 man roster. Neiko Thorpe will make the roster for his special team’s ability, and then between the rest of the pack, I see Linden Stephens being the fifth and final man on the depth chart for Week 1.
With his NFL experience, I see that helping him get the final spot on the roster and then giving it up for DJ Reed when he gets back from injury. This leaves Ryan Neal, Jayson Stanley, Gavin Heslop, and Debione Renfro getting cut. However, because of their upside I see Heslop and Renfro being signed to the Seahawks practice squad.