The Seattle Seahawks have updated their depth chart after cut day, and there were some interesting moves. Here’s the shake down on what was surprising, and what this will mean for the Seahawks later in the season.
The most intriguing decision starts with the wide receiver lineup. While it’s no surprise that Doug Baldwin finds himself at the number one spot, what may come as a surprise is that Paul Richardson is listed as the number two receiver. It’s not a secret that Tyler Lockett suffered a broken leg last year and has not played a snap in a game since the injury. The Seahawks reported Lockett as a full participant in practice yesterday, and is slated to start against Green Bay as kick and punt returner. What’s surprising is that while he is back in top shape, the Seahawks are currently placing him on the backburner for wide receiver duties.
This is probably just the case for now as it will be Lockett’s first game since his broken leg on December 24th, and Seattle sees no need to put him out as a starting receiver right away. Richardson has also made a strong case for the number two spot with his ability to stretch the field as Lockett did, get open, and make incredible plays. However, Richardson has been injury prone. Since being drafted in 2014, he has played 31 games, tore his ACL in the playoffs during his rookie season, and injured his hamstring the following season which landed him on injured reserve. What this means is that fans should expect the number two receiver spot to fluctuate between Lockett and Richardson throughout the season.
On the offensive line, Mark Glowinski secured his spot at right guard by beating out Oday Aboushi. Rees Odhiambo won his spot at left tackle after the George Fant injury. Recently acquired Matt Tobin will be the backup at left tackle. This isn’t too much of a surprise as both Glowinski and Odhiambo played well in the final pre-season game against Oakland. The Seahawks coaching staff liked what they saw and most of the fans would agree. The offensive line is locked in and ready to go in what will be a great first test against the Green Bay Packers in Week 1.
The running back situation has also come to a head. Thomas Rawls is currently listed as the number one back, followed by Eddie Lacy, C.J. Prosise, and preseason standout Chris Carson. Carson showed he was a force to be reckoned with in the preseason. The Seahawks may be carrying four running backs because of the injury questions surrounding Rawls, lacy and Prosise. Expect Lacy to be fed the ball on goal-to-go and third-and-short situations. Prosise will be mainly used as a receiver out of the backfield on third down, or could even lineup in the slot. But otherwise, Rawls will get an extended amount of touches as Seattle has regained its “ground-and-pound” identity.
Saving the most surprising for last, Tre Madden has been named the starting fullback. Seattle brought back Marcel Reese for the preseason following his four-game stint with Seattle at the end of last season. However, the Seahawks decided to let him go, and instead placed undrafted free agent Tre Madden at the helm. What’s most surprising about this is that Madden played linebacker and running back in college, or rather attempted, as he was plagued with injuries. He went undrafted in the 2016 Draft, but was signed as a free agent by the Seahawks and placed on injured reserve after clearing waivers.
Madden showed a bit of what he was capable of this preseason, taking a short pass 51-yards against the Los Angeles Chargers, and catching a tipped pass for a 2-yard touchdown. It’s likely that Seattle chose Madden over four-time pro bowler Reese due to the price tag. Bottom line, Madden is going to need to stay healthy if he’s going to be an effective run blocker for Rawls. Perhaps there is more than meets the eye to him, and we’re in for a treat this season. Keep an eye specifically on Richardson and Madden this season, as their spots seem to be the least concrete, even if just for injury concerns.