It’s Wednesday and it’s been a long time since we checked our mailbag so let’s have a look. The preseason is less than a month away so soon NFL teams will have to begin trimming their rosters down. Today’s question concerns potential cuts for the Seattle Seahawks as fall approaches.
Rebecca – Lower Queen Anne:
What players, if any, are likely to be let go before preseason games begin?
Good question and a difficult one. The Seahawks don’t have to cut anybody before the pre-season and unless something goes really wrong during training camp I don’t expect them too, but let’s look at the possible cuts coming down the line. First let’s talk about the defense:
The Seahawks have an extraordinary amount of depth on the defensive side of the ball. There are three groups of players who are battling it out for those spots that haven’t already been secured: red shirts from 2013, new draft picks and undrafted free agents.
The so-called red shirt class includes a number of defensive linemen who were either injured last season or simply couldn’t get on the field because of the Seahawks depth. That includes Jordan Hill, Jesse Williams, Greg Scruggs and Benson Mayowa. These guys likely have a leg up on the new class coming in as they’ve had a year to get a feel for Dan Quinn’s system. That will make it really tough for draft picks Jackson Jeffcoat and Jimmy Staten to earn a spot, but I believe Cassius Marsh will force his way onto the roster.
The development of linebacker Horace Miller and all the praise we’ve heard about Korey Toomer will likely squeeze out our UDFA from Montana, Brock Coyle.
Everything we’ve heard indicates that Tharold Simon has had a tremendous offseason and Seattle is so stacked in its secondary that rookie Eric Pinkins and free agent signee Phillip Adams have a major uphill battle to make the cut.
Now on offense: I think it’s safe to say that rookies Paul Richardson and Kevin Norwood will make the team. That leaves a number of wide receivers out to dry. My guess is that the first casualty will be the former Blue Bomer Chris Matthews – and possibly Bryan Walters, Taylor Price or Kevin Smith.
Seattle also has three fullbacks in Derrick Coleman, Spencer Ware and Kiero Small. One of them is not going to make it and I have a feeling that Small’s lackluster pass protection will do him in.
I also think it would be a stretch for the recently signed running back Demetrius Bronson to find a spot on the depth chart behind Marshawn Lynch, Robert Turbin and Christine Michael.
On the offensive line it sounds like Justin Britt might start at right tackle which might force out Bronson Irwin or Garry Gilliam. Tight end Cooper Helfet seemed to establish a nice connection with Russell Wilson in minicamp which could mean Arkansas’ Chase Dixon is on his way out.
Last year NFL teams had to trim their rosters from 90 to 75 by August 27th and down to 53 by the end of the day on August 31st. Expect a similar timeline for this year and we’ll keep you up to date as it happens.