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Seahawks sign UDFA RB Gerald Holmes, waive WR Marvin Bracy

NCAA Football: Michigan State at Rutgers Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

With just a day until their first preseason game of the 2018 season, the Seattle Seahawks have made another roster move.

Wide receiver and Olympic sprinter Marvin Bracy, signed by the Seahawks last Monday, was waived in order to make room for UDFA running back Gerald Holmes.

Holmes, a four-year player at Michigan State, participated in the Indianapolis Colts’ rookie minicamp in May, however he never signed. Seattle is the first team he has signed for in the NFL.

At 6-feet and 221 pounds, Holmes tested impressively at the Spartans’ pro day, jumping 10-foot-8 in the broad jump and 35 inches in the vertical. He has the body type to handle a heavy workload (even if it’s just in a preseason game) and the explosiveness Pete Carroll values in running backs.

The Seahawks’ latest roster move is a wise one ahead of the first preseason game. The wide receiver group on Seattle’s roster is crowded, with 13 remaining on the roster after Bracy’s release. The running back group, meanwhile, has just five tailbacks, in addition to two fullbacks.

The addition of Holmes will allow the Seahawks to give Chris Carson, Rashaad Penny, J.D. McKissic and C.J. Prosise lighter workloads on Thursday night, while Holmes and Mike Davis can see touches well into the fourth quarter.