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Seahawks sign CB Linden Stephens to practice squad, finalize initial 16-player group

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On Sunday, teams could begin to sign players to their practice squad following a wave of cuts on Saturday afternoon. The Seattle Seahawks ended the day with 14 official signings and one reported but not official signing in defensive tackle Anthony Rush.

The other move made by the Seahawks on Sunday was to waive cornerback Linden Stephens, in order to make room for EDGE D’Andre Walker who was claimed earlier in the day. Stephens was waived with the hope of bringing him back on the practice squad if and when he cleared waivers. That happened on Monday afternoon, with Stephens’ agent telling me the cornerback was remaining in Seattle as a member of their practice squad.

Stephens was a member of the Seahawks’ practice squad for a part of the 2019 season, as well. In December, the Dolphins signed him onto their active roster, allowing Stephens to see action in three games before the season ended. Waived by Miami in April, Seattle claimed Stephens to bring the corner back in. During training camp, Stephens saw reps at both outside corner and in the slot, versatility that certainly helped his bid to remain on the Seahawks’ practice squad.

Seattle constantly churns both their active roster and practice squad, so there will surely be a lot of movement among this group over the course of the 2020 season. To begin the year, however, this is what the Seahawks’ practice squad looks like:

  • QB Danny Etling
  • WR Cody Thompson
  • WR Lance Lenoir
  • WR Penny Hart
  • WR Aaron Fuller
  • TE Tyler Mabry
  • TE Stephen Sullivan
  • OT Tommy Champion
  • OT Chad Wheeler
  • DT Cedrick Lattimore
  • DT Anthony Rush
  • EDGE Shaquem Griffin
  • CB Jayson Stanley
  • CB Gavin Heslop
  • CB Linden Stephens
  • DB Ryan Neal

With 15 of 16 players from Seattle’s 80-man roster, the lack of information available as a result of the canceled preseason clearly made an impact on the construction of the group. Expect the Seahawks to move players in and out as the season progresses.