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Projecting the 53: Seahawks on the defensive side

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NFL: NFC Wild Card-Seattle Seahawks at Dallas Cowboys Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

It’s been a full week since the Seattle Seahawks defeated the Denver Broncos 22-14 in Week 1 of the preseason, and with the team’s second preseason game against the Minnesota Vikings set for Sunday, roster cuts are rapidly approaching. The team must get down to 53 players by 4 pm on Saturday, August 31, meaning there are just sixteen days left between now and those cuts.

Taking into consideration the fact that in those sixteen days the Hawks will play three games and have a handful of days off, and all of a sudden the number of practices in which players can make a case to the coaching staff for their spot on the roster are quickly dwindling. In any case, based on what we’ve seen so far in practice and in Week 1, here’s a shot at the defensive side of the ball for the team come cut time.

As a reminder, I am sticking with my belief that the team will keep 3 specialists, 26 offensive players and 24 defensive players to start the season, with the team likely to balance out at 25 offense and 25 defense when Reed returns from suspension in Week 7.

Defensive Line (9): Ziggy Ansah DE, LJ Collier DE, Rasheem Green DE, Jacob Martin DE, Cassius Marsh DE, Poona Ford DT, Al Woods DT, Quinton Jefferson DT and Earl Mitchell DT.

Cut: Branden Jackson DE, Barkevious Mingo DE, Nazair Jones DT, Jamie Meder DT, Bryan Mone DT, Jay-Tee Tiuli DT

Roster exemption due to suspension: Jarran Reed DT

Linebacker (5): Bobby Wagner, K.J. Wright, Mychal Kendricks, Cody Barton, Ben Burr-Kirven

Cut: Austin Calitro, Justin Currie, Shaquem Griffin, Jawuan Johnson, Juwon Young

Defensive Backs (10): Marquise Blair SS, Lano Hill SS, Bradley McDougald FS, Ugo Amadi FS, Tedric Thompson FS, Neiko Thorpe CB, Tre Flowers CB, Shaquill Griffin CB, Jamar Taylor CB, Akeem King CB

Cut: Kalan Reed CB, Simeon Thomas CB, Jalen Harvey SS, Shalom Luani SS, Jeremy Boykins CB, DeShawn Shead DB