3 early roster cuts that could instantly help the Seattle Seahawks in 2023

NFL teams have until 1 pm PT on Tuesday to set their initial 53-man rosters.
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Seahawks could sign nose guard Justin Ellis

Justin Ellis is a massive human being at 6'2" and 350 pounds. He also has nine years of experience in the league and has remained fairly healthy since 2019. He actually hasn't missed a game in the last two seasons. And like Roy, Ellis is going to be zero help in the pass rush, but at his size, he just needs to eat up blockers so that linebackers Bobby Wagner and Jordyn Brooks can clean up.

Ellis wasn't very good in 2022, however. He graded extremely poorly against the run, according to Pro Football Focus. He played on 362 defensive snaps, and had just 2 tackles for loss and 2 total quarterback pressures. The defense he played with on the New York football Giants was pretty good too, so it wasn't like he was trying to make up for other players' deficiencies.

Have I sold you on the Seahawks adding Ellis yet? Probably not, right? Well, it should be noted that by far Ellis' worst season in the NFL was last year. Very likely he will be better in 2023 with whoever he ends up with. He's been running at playing around 35 percent of his teams' snaps the last few years so he also wouldn't expect to come in and be a starter.

But Ellis has been around long enough to be able to fit fairly quickly into any defensive scheme so it shouldn't take him long to acclimate to what the Seahawks do. Plus, he would be a solid backup to Reed. And few players available are going to have the kind of size that Ellis has.

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