Seahawks news: Jake Bobo, Kyu Blu Kelly, practice squad, and roster moves

The Seahawks made a bunch of signings and roster moves on Wednesday to get everything settled ahead of Week 1.
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Seahawks practice squad takes shape and some roster moves

The Seahawks signed 15 players to their practice squad on Wednesday. They still have one spot to use if they want. Teams can carry up to 16 players on the squad. With the way NFL rules are now, practice squad players can be placed on the active/game-day roster no more than three times during the regular season. When a player is made active a fourth time, they must be signed to the 53-man roster from the practice squad. Following the first three games, the player reverts to the practice squad unless a team chooses to either release the player or add them to the active roster.

The Seahawks practice squad is made up entirely of players who participated in their training camp and preseason. Some, such as cornerback Artie Burns, have some NFL experience, while others, such as quarterback Holton Ahlers, do not. Ahlers could be on the sideline during real games as the NFL passed a rule that a QB3 can be available if duiring a game a team's QB1 and QB2 get hurt.

Speaking of Artie Burns, he was initially on the team's active roster, but Seattle claimed two players off waivers on Wednesday meaning they had to make two other corresponding moves to make room for the new guys. One of the players dropped from the active roster was Burns and the other is Jon Rhattigan. The reason there are only 15 players on the practice squad currently is that the Seahawks are probably hoping Rhattigan clears waivers and can be signed to the squad.

The two players Seattle claimed were cornerback Kyu Blu Kelly and linebacker Drake Thomas. Thomas was a very good tackling linebacker at North Carolina State, but went undrafted in 2023. He was released by the Las Vegas Raiders when initial cuts were made. But why did Seattle want to sign Kelly? (You will have to click "Next" to see why and I can tell you are drooling in anticipation.)