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Who is in the lead for starting jobs on the Seahawks?

NFL: Indianapolis Colts at Seattle Seahawks Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

The Seattle Seahawks are less than a month from the 2018 regular season opener in Denver against the Broncos. The depth chart is starting to become a little more clear, though a lot can still change between now and then. The following is an August 14 best-guess as to the first 11 on offense, first 11 on defense, and key special teamers could be when that Week 1 game comes.

This is just a guess. Although, it is my best guess.


QB - Russell Wilson

RB - Chris Carson

WR - Doug Baldwin

WR - Tyler Lockett

WR - Brandon Marshall

LT - Duane Brown

LG - Ethan Pocic

C - Justin Britt

RG - D.J. Fluker

RT - Germain Ifedi

TE - Nick Vannett


I don’t think Ed Dickson will be ready for Week 1, so Vannett gets the start. No reason at this point to make a change at right guard or right tackle because the backups haven’t done enough to warrant a change yet.

I do think that Jaron Brown could be a starter. I just had to make a choice.

If both are healthy, Carson and Rashaad Penny may end up with a nominal difference in snaps and touches.


DE - Frank Clark

DT - Jarran Reed

DT - Tom Johnson

DE - Quinton Jefferson

ILB - Bobby Wagner

OLB - KJ Wright

CB - Shaquill Griffin

CB - Justin Coleman

CB - Byron Maxwell

FS - Tedric Thompson

SS - Bradley McDougald


I think in today’s NFL it’s more important to mention a slot corner as a starter than it is an outside linebacker. Barkevious Mingo could get a lot of snaps and could play both DE and LB and wherever they need him at the time. Maybe he does get starter snaps, but Pete Carroll recently mentioned Jefferson as a guy who would be in the regular d-line rotation if the season started now and isn’t that a bit more exciting to mention than Mingo? It would be a cool story at least for a guy who couldn’t get on the field in his first two seasons. Jefferson may be the years-later Red Bryant replacement.

Thompson seems to be the starting safety if Earl Thomas doesn’t return, beating out Delano Hill and Maurice Alexander.

I wonder how far up the depth chart Akeem King could get.

Nazair Jones is the name more people want to see, but he’s dealing with injuries again already and Johnson is a steady veteran presence who is good enough to start. It’s a rotation, anyway, and “starter” is just a title. It’s not always even the best player, it’s a situational thing.

Special Teams

K - Sebastian Janikowski

P - Michael Dickson

LS - Tyler Ott

KR - Rashaad Penny

PR - Tyler Lockett


Not sure on the return jobs, but this seems fair.