The Seahawks start the 2021 regular season on September 12th at 10 am against the Colts in Indianapolis. But what will happen before that? Well, a lot. Seattle will play an entire preseason and have roster cuts that will trim the team to the needed 53-man active roster.
Seattle will play three preseason games, all kind of later. Preseason games aren’t important in the grand scheme of who makes the Super Bowl but are important in who makes up the roster to see if a team has the talent to make the playoffs.
So before week one of the 2021 season, what dates are important? Likely the ones that follow.
Seahawks important dates before week one of the 2021 season
The Seahawks will report to camp on July 27th. If a veteran player doesn’t show up and is currently under contract, that’s a bad sign. Jamal Adams, who is entering the last year of his current contract and wants an extension, didn’t partake in mini-camp but that’s OK as Seattle said it was OK. But if he misses training camp then we have an issue.
The first full practice will take place on July 31st. This is when Seattle truly starts trying to fit players into places where 12s might not expect them to be. Not until week one of the regular season will we see the full extent of Seattle’s plans, but the first practice will give us a glimpse.
The Seahawks will have three preseason games, instead of the four games of most recent years, before the real season begins. Preseason game one will take place at 6 pm PT on August 14th against the Raiders in Las Vegas. Game two will happen against the Broncos in Seattle at 7 pm PT on August 21st. And game three will occur in Seattle on August 28th at 7 pm PT against the Chargers.
Only one of these games, preseason game two, will likely see many of the Seahawks presumed starters take many snaps. Injuries are worse than rust when the real season begins.
Cut down days
Between preseason games one and two (by August 17th to be exact), the Seahawks, like every other NFL team, will have to trim its roster to 85 players from 90. Then by August 24th, Seattle will trim its roster to 80 players. The final cut down to the active 53-man roster will take place by August 31st. That is the time, barring injuries, that we will know who is going to make up the Seattle Seahawks of 2021.