The Seattle Seahawks are getting ever closer to the regular season. Funny how the offseason takes eight months but feels like three while training camp and the preseason take two months and feels like eight. Oh, well. We are almost there, 12s!
But Seattle still has a bloated roster. There are 90 people of the team and by August 29th that has to get down to 53. Then Seattle has to fill up the practice squad - up to 16 players - and most will probably be from players they release. At least Pete Carroll and the coaching staff have a good idea of what they have on the practice squad.
Still, those final cuts are rough. The coaches have to get the team just right in all three phases, of course. But players also have to show they deserve one of the coveted 53 spots. What follows are four players who might be in jeopardy of either losing their roster spot or losing their spot on the depth chart.
No. 1 - Seahawks safety Jerrick Reed II
I feel bad for Reed. If the Seahawks weren't moving a bunch of players around and those players, like Coby Bryant, weren't actually doing pretty well, then Reed might have a much better shot at making the Week 1 roster. He still could make the team. I mean, he was good enough to draft instead of just picking up as an undrafted free agent, but he still just doesn't have what some others have.
Reed isn't going to be a starter, of course. He's behind Julian Love and Quandre Diggs (and Jamal Adams, too, should he ever return) most definitely. This means Reed is battling for a backup spot. He had a better chance before Bryant was moved to the backend of the defense from his slot corner spot. Oddly enough, Reed has a worse chance of staying with the Seahawks active roster because Seattle chose cornerback Devon Witherspoon in the 2023 NFL draft as well.
Witherspoon, if healthy, will move Bryant from his nickelback spot to safety. Bryant was pretty good at safety in Seattle's first preseason game against the Vikings. This means less room for other potential backups and this includes Reed, of course. I like Reed. He plays with passion and he wants to make the team. But Bryant, as well as veteran Joey Blount might push him out of a job on the active roster.