The Seattle Seahawks signed their 10 practice squad players to future contracts on Monday, ensuring that they will be with the team for ... well, like at least a day probably, right? The players are:
C Ross Burbank
FS Pierre Desir
RB George Farmer
DT Tylor Harris
DT Shaneil Jenkins
FB Malcolm Johnson
WR Kenny Lawler
TE Marcus Lucas
C/G Will Pericak
RB Kelvin Taylor
The only one of these players drafted by the Seahawks was Lawler, a seventh round pick out of Cal in 2016. He was a fan favorite for some of his highlight grabs in college but to move ahead, he still needs to bulk up from his wiry frame without losing mobility and speed. I think his rookie season was always considered to be a “redshirt” season to see if he could do just that.
Farmer has the most notable experience on the 53, Pericak, Taylor, and Harris were close to having to contribute, but all of them have a ways to go if they are ever going to have significant roles. Go back to last February when they signed 18 players to future contracts and you’ll see that the only ones still around are Farmer and Pericak. In 2015, the only notable was Drew Nowak, who started seven games at center. The only notable players signed to these deals in 2014 were Cooper Helfet and B.J. Daniels.
It’s rare to see anyone on one of these deals amount to anything in the NFL, but 2013 was notable: Helfet, Bryan Walters, Ron Parker, and Derrick Coleman. Once upon a time, Brandon Browner was also signed to one of these deals.
If betting on anyone, Lawler, Pericak, and Harris seem to be the most intriguing for one reason or another. More than likely, at most one of these players will make the final roster, and even more likely than not, I will be completely wrong about who that player is.