The Seahawks reduced their roster to 53 players here is how it shapes up

The Seattle Seahawks reduced their roster to meet the NFL-mandated 53-man roster Tuesday afternoon. To meet the NFL requirement the Seahawks waived  the following players

Wide receivers, Aaron Fuller, Penny Hart Cody Thompson, Travis Toivonen,  Connor Wedington, Cade Johnson, and  Darece Roberson Jr. The lone running back to get cut was rookie Josh Johnson.

Linemen T Tommy Champion G Greg Eiland G Jared Hocker, G Pier-Olivier Lestage

C Brad Lundblade Tight ends: TE Ian Bunting, TE Cam Sutton, TE Tyler Mabry

On the defensive side of the ball the Hawks released:

Defensive lineman DT Myles Adams, DT Jarrod Hewitt.Linebackers Aaron, Donkor Lakiem Williams, and  Jon Rhattigan .Safeties: Joshua Moon, Aashari Crosswell, and cornerbacks  Gavin Heslop, John Reid, and   Will Sunderland.

Three veteran players saw their contract terminated.

DT Robert Nkemdiche

CB Damarious Randall

G Jordan Simmons

The Hawk’s 53-man roster looks like this for the moment.

Quarterback (3): Russell Wilson, Geno Smith, Sean Mannion

This was a bit of an eyebrow-raiser. Wilson and Smith were expected.  Mannion outplayed  Alex McGough by a long shot but not  Smith. Guess is that Smith could be traded with Mannion knowing the Waldron offense

Running Back (5): Chris Carson, Rashaad Penny, DeeJay Dallas, Alex Collins, Travis Homer

No surprises here but one has to wonder if the Hawks will stay with five running backs. Homer did not participate in any of the team’s preseason games but is a Carroll favorite due to his blocking and pass-catching ability.

Receiver (6): DK Metcalf, Tyler Lockett, Dee Eskridge, Freddie Swain,

Swain was the fourth receiver last year seeing action in all 16  games and registering one start. The  Seahawks released seven receivers proving that they went the conservative route with the Swain who they know and trust.  Very unlikely the Seahawks would stick with four receivers the whole season. Metcalf and Lockett had 1,000-yard seasons in 2020 and all signs point to a repeat performance.

The unknown is how much will the speedy rookie Eskridge contribute. Eskridge made it to the last week of camp showing flashes of brilliance of his potential. A lone 19-yard reception in the Chargers game last week left the coaching staff brimming with anticipation of what could be.

Tight End (3): Gerald Everett, Will Dissly, Colby Parkinson

No surprises here. The Hawks brought in Everett who is very familiar with the  Waldron offense. Dissly has shown he is the best all-around tight end when healthy with his pass-catching ability and blocking.  Parkinson looked to be the second coming at the start of training camp before he suffered a leg injury.

The prevailing thought was that Parkinson was lost for the season. During one of his press conferences, Carroll announced that Parkinson had already started his rehab and could return early in the season.

Offensive Line (9): Duane Brown, Gabe Jackson, Damien Lewis, Kyle Fuller, Brandon Shell, Ethan Pocic, Phil Haynes, Stone Forsythe, Jamarco Jones.

This was always going to be the group from the beginning.  Some unexpected hic-ups that occurred during training camps will need to be ironed out before the start of the season. Duane Brown’s  “sit-in” during training camp is the biggest one.  If the team is to get off to a fast start the Brown situation needs to be solved before the weeks’ end.

 Ethan Pocic was injured most of training camp and hampered his chances of competing for the starting center position with Kyle Fuller. Guards Jackson and  Lewis are as good as any in the league. Undrafted rookie Jake Curhan is the feel-good story of the Seahawks 2021 training.  Against all odds, Curhan clawed his way onto the Seahawks roster.

Defensive End (7): Carlos Dunlap, Benson Mayowa, Rasheem Green, Alton Robinson, Kerry Hyder, L.J. Collier Darrell Taylor

This group was as solid as the Seahawks had during training. The group led by Dunlap was professional in their practices and play. Taylor can be listed as a DE or linebacker.

Defensive Tackle (3): Poona Ford, Al Woods, Bryan Mone

The same can be said of this group which should be good news for Seahawks fans. The defensive tackle unit and defensive line could be the sleepers in the Seahawk’s defense. Ford like  Dunlap had a professional camp and poised for a break-out year after signing a two-year contract.

Linebacker (6): Bobby Wagner, Jordyn Brooks,  Cody Barton

One of the Hawk’s most talented and proven positional groups. The list looks thin only because I listed Taylor with the defensive ends. He easily could be listed here. Depth is a question mark because of the injury to Ben Burr-Kirven. Nick Bellore is another player who can be listed in multiple positional groups. The Seahawks have him listed as a fullback, but he spent the last two weeks seeing practice and game time at linebacker.

Cornerback (5): D.J. Reed, Ahkello Witherspoon, Tre Flowers, Tre Brown,

The group is solid with the uncertainty being who will play where. Flowers look to have nailed down the right cornerback.  Witherspoon and Reed are now locked into a battle for the starting left side. Brown could push Flowers for playing time.

Safety (5): Jamal Adams, Quandre Diggs, Marquise Blair, Ugo Amadi, Ryan Neal

What was a round of musical chairs seems to have ended with  Adams and Diggs both preparing for the opener.  Adams “ sat in” the first few weeks of training camp while a contract extension was being hammered out. Once that was completed a few days later Diggs began his “ sit-in” . Diggs spoke to the media and Tuesday afternoon and said that he will play in the opener.  The dynamic duo is as good as any in the NFL with talented backups in Amadi and Blair who had a fumble scoop for a touchdown in the Chargers game. Neal is capable but has been nursing an oblique muscle for much of training camp.

Specialist (3): Jason Myers, Michael Dickson, Tyler Ott

Not much to say. These three are as good as any in the NFL

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