3 Seattle Seahawks swooping under the radar to make the final 53-man roster

These Seahawks are long-shots to make the team, but they have played well enough in the preseason to give themselves a chance.
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12s will see a young safety making huge hits for the Hawks

The Seahawks' defensive backfield is as crowded with talent as any position group in the league. That doesn't even include the impending return of Jamal Adams (and hopefully we'll see that soon). We started off with so many cornerbacks, last year's fourth-round pick Coby Bryant is moving to safety - and looking pretty good there, too.

I hope, along with the Hawks coaches, that Michael Jackson's performance last week against the Cowboys was an aberration, an extreme outlier. It had every 12 singing Remember the Time when he was good, and looked like a Smooth Criminal. Jackson needs to take a look at The Man in the Mirror before he loses his job to Tre Brown. Okay, I'll stop, but a voice inside my head keeps saying, Don't Stop 'til You Get Enough. Yeah, okay, you've had enough.

So, back on topic. The move of Bryant to safety makes the path for New Mexico's Jerrick Reed II that much tougher. Like Thompson and Bell, Reed didn't play in a Big 5 conference, so his college record might not hold the same cachet as someone who played in a major conference - requiescat in pace, PAC-12. The Mountain West just isn't the same, although it might have a few of the same members soon. Regardless, Reed was dynamic at New Mexico, leading his team in pass defenses in his junior and senior seasons, racking up 11 in his final year as a Lobo.

As Jake Luppino wrote when the Hawks drafted him, Reed made his name with his hard-hitting run defense. How often did we sigh after yet another missed tackle last season, 12? Well, Jerrick Reed II can hit, and when he does, he wraps up his victim like Spidey handles bank robbers. Yay, two Marvel references in one article! Certainly, Julian Love is the starter until Jamal Adams returns, and Bryant is ahead of Reed. When The President returns to Lumen Field, Seattle will have another tough choice to make. At least until then, Jerrick Reed II has to be on this roster.

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