Now that the waiver period following roster cuts is over, the Seahawks (and every team) are allowed to create a ten-man practice squad. We'll track the creation of that team here. So far, Seattle has announced the names of seven on that squad:
1. WR Kasen Williams
2. WR Kevin Smith
3. RB Rod Smith
4. LB Eric Pinkins
5. OL Will Pericak
6. OL Terry Poole
7. TE Rashaun Allen
8. CB Kevin Short
9. CB Justin Coleman
10. DT Robert Thomas
CB Justin Coleman was an undrafted free agent out of Tennessee this year, and has spent time with the Patriots and Vikings. He profiles as a nickel cornerback, likely, and had elite-level agility and short-area explosiveness scores at the Combine. He's 5'11, 185, and should be a developmental type that works his way onto the roster firs through special teams. His scouting report over at NFL.com makes him sound pretty Seahawky.
CB Kevin Short came out this year in the Supplemental Draft and is intriguing. He's a former top JUCO transfer out of Fort Scott Community College that ended up in Kansas in 2013, and at 6'2, 190, was expected to make a big difference there and eventually jump to the pros. However, things did not go as planned, he was redshirted after being academically ineligible, then he then left team last year, citing personal reasons. Obviously, his size jumps out to you right off the bat. Kansas City signed him after the Supplemental Draft and he was waived yesterday.
DT Robert Thomas is listed at 6'1, 327, and had previously been with Washington. He's a UDFA out of Arkansas.
As a brush-up, here are the eligibility rules.
Rules on practice squad eligibility:
In order to be eligible for the practice squad, players must meet one of the following requirements:
- A player is eligible for the practice squad if he does not have an accrued season of NFL experience. Players gain an accrued season by being on the active roster for at least six games. If a player has one accrued season, they can still be practice squad eligible if they were on the 45-man active gameday roster for fewer than nine regular season games.
- NEW RULE: Each club will be permitted to sign a maximum of two Practice Squad players who have earned no more than two accrued seasons of free agency credit. Absent this exception, a player who has earned one or more accrued seasons would not be eligible for a Practice Squad unless the player spent fewer than nine games on a club's 46-player active list in each of his accrued seasons.
- If served two seasons on a practice squad, are eligible for a third season only if the team has at least 53 players on its active/inactive list for the duration of that player's employment.
- A player has served one season on the practice squad if he is on the practice squad for at least 6 games. The rule previously required 3 games on the practice squad roster.