Predicting who will make the Seahawks 53-man roster in 2021

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Dec 20, 2020; Landover, Maryland, USA; Seattle Seahawks Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Freddie Swain (18) celebrates with Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson (3) against the Washington Football Team at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports /

Roster battles


The Seahawks only had two QBs on their roster in 2020 in Russell Wilson and Geno Smith. So with there being plenty of competition in other areas for roster spots, why would they do anything different in 2021. As a result, Danny Etling and Alex McGough will not make the 53 man roster unless Wilson  (heaven forbid) or Smith picks up an injury.

Running back

With Carson, Penny, Homer and Dallas already listed in the 40 and the fact that the Seahawks only carried four on their opening 2020 roster means that the other rostered RB’s are likely to miss out unless they can have a superb preseason and dislodge one of the four I have listed.

So Alex Collins, B.J. Emmons, Patrick Carr and Josh Johnson face an uphill battle to make the final roster. If one of them did show enough to earn a spot, it could lead to the Seahawks looking to trade one of the four incumbent RBs.

Wide Receiver

The Seahawks have made several additions at WR via the draft and as UDFAs to what was already a well-populated area of the roster. The Seahawks carried six WRs on their initial 2020 roster, so having given three spots to Metcalf, Lockett and Eskridge there are potentially three spots to fight for.

The nine contenders are Freddie Swain, John Ursua, Penny Hart, Darvin Kidsy, Cody Thompson, Aaron Fuller, Tamorrion Terry, Connor Wedington and Cade Johnson. I did not put Freddie Swain on the automatic list due to the three rookies and the amount of competition for spots, but he is not far of a certainty to make the cut.

This leaves just two spots for the other eight to compete for. Ursua made the roster last season but will have to show he still warrants a place ahead of the three rookies, Terry, Wedington & Johnson.

Penny Hart had some involvement on special teams last season, but he and Ursua did not show enough to warrant a roster spot in 2021 in my opinion. Kidsy, Thompson and Fuller did not feature at all in 2020.

So for me the three rookies are competing for two spots. Terry is by far the most talented of the three for me, and I still cannot believe he did not get drafted. However, he is missing the start of minicamp due to injury, which leaves the door open for Wedington and Johnson.

Both Wedington and Johnson can also serve as kick returners which adds another reason to put them on the roster. But may also mean that you only need one of them on the roster.

In the end, I think Terry and Wedington should be the two that make the 53 man roster here.