3 Seattle Seahawks on the roster bubble who must impress at 2024 minicamp

Seattle's minicamp starts on June 11 and these three players need to show they deserve a roster spot.
Coby Bryant of the Seattle Seahawks
Coby Bryant of the Seattle Seahawks / Ryan Kang/GettyImages

The Seattle Seahawks begin mandatory minicamp on June 11. This will run through June 13. And the mandatory part is true. For the first time this offseason, Seattle will hold practice where players have to show up.

If a player does not come to camp, there is an issue. Unless they have a medical excuse, should someone like DK Metcalf not come to camp, there will be news made. (Don't worry, 12s; Metcalf is expected to be at camp with no concerns.)

The three players that follow will be at camp, but they all have something to prove. They need to show the new coaching staff they are worthy of getting paid for a roster spot. Otherwise, there couple be a couple of roster cuts on June 14.

Three Seahawks who need to show at mandatory minicamp that they deserve a 2024 roster spot

Safety/cornerback Coby Bryant

Making a team as a pure special teamer can be difficult. Teams already have an idea of who can keep as a special teamer or not, but besides one or two players, every other guy needs to show they can play on defense or offense, too. Bryant is the odd many out in a couple of situations for Seattle. He is not a pure safety, and he has no home at slot corner.

After playing in all 17 games as a rookie, and starting six at nickelback, Bryant only played in nine last year. He injured his toe which forced him to miss time, but even when healthy Seattle already had Devon Witherspoon in the slot and Jamal Adams, Quandre Diggs, and Julian Love at safety. Plus, the new coaching staff is just getting to know Bryant compared to other players on the roster.

This could be an advantage for Bryant. A new set of eyes might see a special place for him. Still, he has missed 11 percent of his tackle attempts in his career and allowed a quarterback rating of about 110. He needs to impress at minicamp or Seattle will probably release him.

Quarterback PJ Walker

Walker was just signed by Seattle, of course, but general manager John Schneider has a recent history of not keeping third-string quarterbacks around for long. Seattle signed two undrafted free agents at the position and they did not stick around much longer than rookie minicamp. As Seattle is set at QB1 and QB2, a third quarterback is more of a luxury and would probably end up on the practice squad.

That is the question Schneider will ask himself as well. If Seattle releases Walker, would he end up on another team, or could Seattle potentially sign him back before Week 1 as a practice squad guy?

Walker is 29 years old and his career statistics don't exactly jump out. He has thrown 6 touchdown passes versus 16 interceptions and has a passer rating of 60.0. That is atrocious. Walker needs to show in minicamp he is worthy of sticking around or the team will be looking for a third option at quarterback sooner rather than later.

Linebacker Jon Rhattigan

Rhattigan is a great story and a good guy. He is also ultra-expensive and does not play enough to earn his $3 million deal. He might be the second coming of fullback Nick Bellore, who Seattle released this offseason because Rhattigan sets a tone on special teams and would do literally anything to help the team win. But is he more of a Pete Carroll-type player than Mike Macdonald?

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Rhattigan is also probably the Seahawks' fourth option at inside linebacker currently. The starters will be Jerome Baker and Tyrel Dodson. Their backup should be 2024 draft pick Tyrice Knight. That leaves Rhattigan in a battle with Patrick O'Connell. Rhattigan is a more physical linebacker, but O'Connell has a lot of speed and Mike Macdonald likes to have lots of speed on defense.

Rhattigan could be the rare player that sticks around solely as a special teamer, but he could also be released and Seattle would save the $3 million his contract earns. Seattle might then re-sign him to something closer to $1 million for 2024.

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