The offseason is over.
Tuesday the Seattle Seahawks report for training camp, and now roster speculation over who will and who will not make the team can start in earnest. Teams across the NFL will go through three rounds of roster cuts this preseason, each required to trim to 85, then 80 then 53, rather than one single set of cuts from 90 to 53. In any case, without wasting any more time, here are projections for the roster based on the current 90 man roster.
Keep: Russell Wilson and Geno Smith
Cut: Alex McGough and Danny Etling
The only things that might possibly change these predictions are injuries or if the teams makes changes to the position on the roster. The Hawks worked out former Oregon State great Sean Mannion Monday, who spent two years with the Los Angeles Rams with new Seattle offensive coordinator Shane Waldron, so that could be a possibility. However, in the absence of those outside influences, things seem pretty well set.
Keep: Chris Carson, Travis Homer, DeeJay Dallas and Rashaad Penny
Cut: Alex Collins, Josh Johnson and Cameron Scarlett
The wild card here will be the health of those on the roster. Home and Penny both missed minicamp while nursing injuries, so the recent addition of Scarlett could be a sign that one of those could potentially start camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list.
Keep: Pro Bowler Nick Bellore
Cut: None. Bellore’s the only fullback on the roster.
Here’s what I wrote in May when I made a roster projection after the draft:
Fans keep calling for Bellore’s head, and Bellore and the team simply laugh at their naivete. Bellore has been on the field for 560 special teams snaps for the Seahawks since his arrival prior to the 2019 season, and that is where the focus should be for fans, rather than on his 64 offensive snaps. Fans may hate his $1.7M cap number, but the odds of Bellore going anywhere other than onto the field for Larry Izzo’s special teams groups seem very long.
That is still correct. The only thing that might be worth adding is that in addition to being a core member of the special teams and a Pro Bowl fullback, Bellore also has the third most experience at linebacker on the roster. Bellore did not convert to fullback until 2017, and prior to moving to fullback full time in 2018 he started a dozen games at linebacker while logging 819 defensive snaps for the New York Jets, San Francisco 49ers and the Detroit Lions. Meaning for those looking for another reason to hate Bellore, it’s possible that part of the reason the Hawks haven’t felt the need to bring back fan favorite K.J. Wright is because they already have emergency linebacker Nick Bellore in house. Happy Tuesday.
Keep: Tyler Lockett, DK Metcalf, D’Wayne Eskridge, Freddie Swain, Penny Hart and John Ursua
Cut: Aaron Fuller, Cade Johnson, Darvin Kidsy, Cody Thompson, Connor Wedington, Travis Toivonen and Darece Roberson
The Seahawks have long used roster mirroring based on athletic profiles for depth on the roster, and the addition of Roberson Monday likely isn’t enough to set off alarm bells, but it’s enough to raise eyebrows.
Athletic profiles of D’Wayne Eskridge and Darece Roberson
Whether Eskridge starts camp on the PUP list due to the toe injury that kept him out of minicamp won’t be known until later Tuesday. What is known is that commenters were convinced that the May roster projection was incorrect in leaving Tamorrion Terry and Cade Johnson off. Well, I’ve been proven half correct to this point, and as for the other half.
For Seahawks fans wondering why I have yet to jump on the Cade Johnson hype train, this is it.— John P. Gilbert (@JohnPGilbertNFL) July 7, 2021
If a WR can't get separation against FCS CBs, he's not likely to create separation against NFL CBs. https://t.co/CTNLUPYnzL
There’s no debate that Johnson had fantastic production in college, but if I’m going to predict one of the undrafted receivers to make the roster, it’s going to be the undrafted receiver who faced higher level competition in college, has been through two NFL training camps and whose highlight reel includes multiple blocked punts.
Keep: Gerald Everett, Will Dissly, Colby Parkinson and Tyler Mabry
Cut: Dom Wood-Anderson and Cam Sutton
Here’s what I wrote in May:
The Hawks tend to keep an extra player at positions seeing turnover, and Dissly is the only member of the group returning from 2020 who saw significant playing time. Everett, of course, is the other keeper, and the final spots behind those two could be decided by the ability to contribute on special teams. Mabry reportedly flashed in camp last summer, and with actual preseason games this year, perhaps fans will get to see that for themselves.
Nothing has changed, except that the team already moved on from Nick Guggemos and added Dom Wood-Anderson who was in camp with them last season.
Keep: Duane Brown, Brandon Shell, Stone Forsythe and Cedric Ogbuehi
Cut: Jamarco Jones, Greg Eiland, Jake Curhan and Tommy Champion
Brown and Shell remain the starters, Ogbuehi is the swing tackle and Forsythe is the future at the position. Jones’ versatility could help him factor into the conversation, but the Hawks have a tendency of moving on from fourth year players who have yet to claim a starting role, and the team trading up in the sixth to add a replacement depth tackle doesn’t exactly bode well for what the team thinks. That said, with the 2020 COVID Amendment in place and the ability to keep six experienced players on the practice squad, Jones could provide depth at both tackle and guard from there.
Interior Offensive Line
Keep: Gabe Jackson, Ethan Pocic, Damien Lewis, Kyle Fuller and Jordan Simmons
Cut: Brad Lundblade, Jared Hocker, Pier-Olivier Lestage and Phil Haynes
The starters on the offensive line are likely set, with Fuller and Simmons likely holding the inside track for the depth spots. There could be a surprise during camp, or injuries could lead to movement at the position, but at first glance there’s not a lot of questions for this position group.