In less than four weeks the Seattle Seahawks will be taking the field for training camp practices, and many of the younger players will be battling for the final roster spots on the fringe. Who and makes the final cut to 53 and who does not won’t be known for another two months, but what is known is that someone will get a shot to show what they can do following the team’s waiving of undrafted free agent Tamorrion Terry Wednesday.
Many fans had expected Terry to not just make the roster over more experienced players, including Penny Hart and John Ursua, however, a hip injury limited Terry during offseason activities and now others will get their shot. The key question for right now, however, is who will be added in order to get the roster back to a full 91 players. Fans, of course, will want the team to add K.J. Wright, but he’s not the only recognizable name that remains on the market. In addition to Wright, possible value additions could include any of a number of the bigger names or former Seahawks that remain unsigned:
- Kwon Alexander
- Bruce Irvin
- Melvin Ingram
- Justin Houston
- Everson Griffen
- Ziggy Ansah
- Dion Jordan
- James Carpenter
- Russell Okung
- Duke Johnson
- Todd Gurley
- D’Onta Foreman
The last two names may seem like longshots, and they certainly are, but it’s a position where the Hawks could be looking to add a body or two as they get ready for training camp. Specifically, they were at 13 wide receivers on the roster prior to the Wednesday release of Tamorrion Terry, while they have just six running backs following the release of B.J. Emmons in June.
Six guys at running back is typically enough to make it through training camp, however, they’re likely to limit the reps for Chris Carson, who shouldn’t need a whole lot of work, and there is the possibility that Rashaad Penny could open training camp on the PUP list after not participating in minicamp due to a follow up procedure on his knee. Penny has been beset by injuries early in his career, including:
- 2018: Broken finger that caused him to miss much of training camp
- 2018: Knee injury (two games missed)
- 2019: Hamstring injury (three games missed)
- 2019: Torn ACL (five games missed)
- 2020: Torn ACL (13 games missed)
- 2020: Other, unrelated knee injury to other knee (one game missed)
This is not to say that Penny is done for, just that it’s possible the procedure he had done after the end of the season could have a recovery timeline that carries into camp, and if that is the case, the team might feel the need to add a running back. Whether that would mean adding yet another University of Miami running back in Duke Johnson or giving former first round pick Gurley one more look in an offense which should be familiar won’t be known until the the team makes an actual move.
All that is known at this point is that a move is coming.