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The Seattle Seahawks have a busy four days ahead of them, first closing out the preseason by facing the Oakland Raiders on Thursday, and then on Saturday needing to trim the roster to 53 players from its current 90.

The task of making those cuts may be made simpler by the fact that the Seahawks have the “benefit” of Jarran Reed moving to the Commissioner’s Exempt list due to his suspension. Add in the two players the team currently has on the Physically Unable to Perform list in Phil Haynes and Demarcus Christmas, and if both of them are placed on the PUP list to start the regular season, Pete and John would need to only trim 24 names from the roster rather than 27. That said, with the debate over who should and should not be cut already reaching fever pitch among fans on the internet and social media, here’s a look at the current Seahawks roster with respect to practice squad eligibility.

To be practice squad eligible, a player must have two or fewer accrued seasons, and a player may only have three years of practice squad experience during their careers. So, a veteran like Justin Britt or Tyler Lockett are ineligible for the practice squad, while someone like Keenan Reynolds, who has already spent three seasons on practice squads, is also ineligible.

In addition, while teams may maintain a ten player practice squad, only two of those players may have two accrued seasons during their career. That means that if Paxton Lynch doesn’t make the 53 man roster, but the Hawks do decide to keep him on the practice squad and let him develop under Brian Schottenheimer and Russell Wilson, Seattle would only be able to keep one other player on the practice squad with two accrued seasons.

Thus, here is a table of every player on the Seahawks roster, with that player’s practice squad eligibility noted on the table. For players whose eligibility is denoted with an asterisk, that means they fall into the two accrued seasons category, and while the team can field a full ten man practice squad, only two of the players may be of the asterisked variety.

Also of note, before anyone yells at me in the comments section, I compiled this table with absolutely zero regard for whether a player would actually be able to clear waivers in order to make it to the practice squad. Obviously, players like Marquise Blair, DK Metcalf or Chris Carson would never make it through the waiver wire, but the only purpose of this list was to see who is eligible, not who might actually make it through waivers to the practice squad.

Seahawks roster and practice squad eligibility

Player Pos PS Eligible? College
Player Pos PS Eligible? College
Justin Britt C No Missouri
Joey Hunt C Yes* Texas Christian University
Ethan Pocic C/G Yes* LSU
Jeremy Boykins CB Yes UCF
Tre Flowers CB Yes Oklahoma State
Shaquill Griffin CB Yes* UCF
Akeem King CB No San Jose State
DeShawn Shead CB No Portland State
Jamar Taylor CB No Boise State
Simeon Thomas CB Yes Louisiana-Lafayette
Neiko Thorpe CB No Auburn
Ezekiel Ansah DE No Brigham Young
L.J. Collier DE Yes TCU
Rasheem Green DE Yes USC
Branden Jackson DE Yes** Texas Tech
Cassius Marsh DE No UCLA
Jacob Martin DE Yes Temple
Barkevious Mingo DE No LSU
Poona Ford DT Yes Texas
Quinton Jefferson DT No Maryland
Jamie Meder DT No Ashland
Demarcus Christmas DT Yes Florida State
Earl Mitchell DT No Arizona
Bryan Mone DT Yes Michigan
Jarran Reed DT No Alabama
Jay-Tee Tiuli DT Yes Eastern Washington
Al Woods DT No LSU
Nick Bellore FB No Central Michigan
Ugo Amadi FS Yes Oregon
Bradley McDougald FS No Kansas
Tedric Thompson FS Yes* Colorado
Phil Haynes G Yes Wake Forest
Mike Iupati G No Idaho
Marcus Martin G No USC
Jordan Roos G Yes Purdue
Jordan Simmons G Yes USC
Landon Turner G Yes North Carolina
D.J. Fluker G/T No Alabama
Germain Ifedi G/T No Texas A&M
Jason Myers K No Marist
Cody Barton LB Yes Utah
Ben Burr-Kirven LB Yes Washington
Austin Calitro LB Yes Villanova
Justin Currie LB Yes* Western Michigan
Shaquem Griffin LB Yes UCF
Jawuan Johnson LB Yes TCU
Mychal Kendricks LB No California
Bobby Wagner LB No Utah State
K.J. Wright LB No Mississippi State
Juwon Young LB Yes Marshall
Tyler Ott LS No Harvard
Michael Dickson P Yes Texas
J.T. Barrett QB Yes Ohio State
Paxton Lynch QB Yes* Memphis
Geno Smith QB No West Virginia
Russell Wilson QB No Wisconsin
Chris Carson RB Yes Oklahoma State
Travis Homer RB Yes Miami
Rashaad Penny RB Yes San Diego St.
C.J. Prosise RB No Notre Dame
Bo Scarbrough RB Yes Alabama
Xavier Turner RB Yes Tarleton State
J.D. McKissic RS Yes* Arkansas State
Marquise Blair SS Yes Utah
Lano Hill SS Yes* Michigan
Shalom Luani SS Yes* Washington State
Duane Brown T No Virginia Tech
George Fant T No Western Kentucky
Jamarco Jones T Yes Ohio State
Elijah Nkansah T Yes Toledo
Brian Wallace T Yes Arkansas
Ed Dickson TE No Oregon
Will Dissly TE Yes Washington
Jackson Harris TE Yes Georgia
Jacob Hollister TE No Wyoming
Wes Saxton TE Yes South Alabama
Nick Vannett TE No Ohio State
Jaron Brown WR No Clemson
Jazz Ferguson WR Yes Northwestern State
Gary Jennings WR Yes West Virginia
Kahlil Lewis WR Yes Cincinnati
Tyler Lockett WR No Kansas State
DK Metcalf WR Yes Ole Miss
David Moore WR Yes East Central (OK)
Nyqwan Murray WR Yes Florida State
Keenan Reynolds WR No Navy
Malik Turner WR Yes Illinois
John Ursua WR Yes Hawaii
Terry Wright WR Yes Purdue

Happy discussing!