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The Seattle Seahawks must cut down to 75 by Tuesday and then 53 by September 3. Here is where I stand right now on the offensive depth chart.

Starting QB - Russell Wilson

Backup QB - Trevone Boykin

Right now it’s Boykin. I think they could give Jake Heaps a whole half against the Raiders next week to see what he does, if not more. And then once other teams start releasing veteran QBs, we’ll see if the Seahawks make any corresponding moves. As of now, Boykin is probably an average backup but also a project worth keeping around a while.

Starting RB - Thomas Rawls

Third Down RB - C.J. Prosise

Backup RB - Christine Michael

Backup RB - Alex Collins

Starting FB - Will Tukuafu

I think Pete Carroll has been pleasantly surprised by the things he’s found out about Troymaine Pope, an overlooked undrafted free agent who is certainly making this a difficult decision. At the end of the day, I think Collins proved plenty at Arkansas and has done enough in camp to warrant a roster spot over Pope, who I think will pass through waivers. I doubt Collins would.

Starting WR - Doug Baldwin

Starting WR - Jermaine Kearse

Starting WR on 3WR sets - Tyler Lockett

WR 4 - Paul Richardson

WR 5 - Antwan Goodley

As much as we want to make a big deal out of the number five receiver spot, let us never forget names like Arceto Clark and Phil Bates. Maybe the number five receiver turns into Kearse, but oftentimes, it’s more like one of those two guys or at best, Chris Matthews. In the preseason game against Dallas, Baldwin and Kearse were out there for almost every snap with the ones, while Lockett and Richardson played about half as much. That didn’t and won’t stop them from making an impact though.

Starting TE - Jimmy Graham

Second TE in 2 TE sets - Luke Willson

Backup TE - Nick Vannett

Elusive TE 4 - Brandon Williams

Keeping a fourth tight end is actually a really difficult thing to do. Most teams barely get to their number three tight end, let alone number four. But the injuries to Graham and Vannett make keeping Williams an even more sensible decision; my worry for him is that he becomes “the guy who makes the 53 and is released two weeks later once everyone is healthy.” Can Williams do enough between now and say, October, to not be that guy? Will he even get enough opportunities? We won’t know that until we know how ready Graham is for Week 1 and Week 2.

Starting LT - Bradley Sowell

Starting LG - Mark Glowinski

Starting C - Justin Britt

Starting RG - Germain Ifedi

Starting RT - Garry Gilliam

As of now, I have no reason to not go with the same starting five they’ve had the last two weeks.

Backup LT/RT - J’Marcus Webb

Backup C - Joey Hunt

Backup LG/RG - Jahri Evans

Backup OT/OG - Rees Odhiambo

I think it’s important that they keep around two veterans, just based on the fact that they have so many new starters and uncertainties on the offensive line right now. Hunt worked with the twos on Thursday, not Lewis. If the team didn’t want to keep Lewis as their starter after last season, why should we think that they want him to have a significant role now? I don’t know what they dislike about Lewis so much, but clearly they’re doing everything possible to avoid him. Poole passed through waivers last year, so I’m not sure why he wouldn’t do the same this year.

Total: 25

Cut players: Jake Heaps, Troymaine Pope, Zac Brooks, George Farmer, Kyle Coleman, Joe Sommers, Clayton Echard, Terry Poole, Will Pericak, Patrick Lewis, Kristjan Sokoli, George Fant, Kasen Williams, Kevin Smith, Tanner McEvoy, EZ Nwachukwu, Doug McNeil, Montario Hunter, Deshon Foxx, Kenny Lawler

Final Cut: Troymaine Pope