53 MAN ROSTER PREDICTIONS
Danny Kelly and I text back and forth a bunch about who we think will makes the Seahawks final 53-man roster, and I think we are on agreement on about 52 of them. Hopefully we are actually digging into truth and not mind-melding in the groupthink bad way. Nevertheless, here is what we have come up with so far:
Russell Wilson, Tarvaris Jackson
Zach Miller, Luke Willson, Cooper Helfet
WR (5 or 6)
(If 5): Percy Harvin, Doug Baldwin, Paul Richardson, Jermaine Kearse, Kevin Norwood (if healthy)
(If 6): I believe Danny picks Phil Bates. That is the only one of his picks I was not sure about. I could see Richardo Lockette, Bryant Walters, or a 5th RB like Demetrius Bronson or Spencer Ware]
RB (4 or 5)
(If 4): Marshawn Lynch, Christine Michael, Robert Turbin, Derrick Coleman
(If 5): I am leaning Bronson over Ware, for now.
Russell Okung, James Carpenter, Max Unger, J.R. Sweezy, Justin Britt, Eric Winston, Lemuel Jeanpierre, Alvin Bailey, Caylin Hauptmann, Garry Gilliam
Richard Sherman, Byron Maxwell, Jeremy Lane, Tharold Simon, A.J. Jefferson
Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor, Jeron Johnson, Deshawn Shead
Bobby Wagner, K.J. Wright, Malcom Smith, Kevin Pierre-Louis, Mike Morgan, Brock Coyle
Cliff Avril, Bruce Irvin (if healthy), Cassius Marsh, O'Brien Schofield
Michael Bennett, Brandon Mebane, Tony McDaniel, Kevin Williams, Jordan Hill, Greg Scruggs
Jon Ryan, Steven Hauschka, Clint Gresham
If the Seahawks go with 6 WR, under the scenario above, they would only retain seven rookies on the 53-man roster (eight if they control Eric Pinkins on PUP). Those seven rookies would be Richardson, Britt, Marsh, Norwood, Pierre-Louis, Coyle, and Gilliam. If Bronson made it, then it would be eight rookies on the 53.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
In light of this prediction above -- and knowing that things can easily change, here are some players on the bubble to watch versus the Chargers. These are players that both Danny and I believe will have to show up and ball out, in effect, to either keep the spot we see them in above, or leapfrog someone above to win themselves a roster spot.
- QB Terrelle Pryor
- FB Kiero Small
- RB Spencer Ware
- RB Demetrius Bronson
- WR Phil Bates
- WR Bryan Walters
- WR Ricardo Lockette
- OG Caylin Hauptmann
- G/C Steve Schilling
- OL Wade Smith
- OT Gary Gilliam
- DT Michael Brooks
- DE Benson Mayowa
- CB Akeem Auguste
- CB Phil Adams
- CB Terrell Thomas
I would include A.J. Jefferson on this list-but he won't play with the ankle sprain. I don't think Trey Wolfe will make the 53 man roster, but I want to watch him just for fun. LB Korey Toomer is still hurt, and besides him I think I have seen what I need to see from the linebackers and safeties. If Dion Bailey and Eric Pinkins were both healthy (Bailey is now gone, of course), I think they would make the safety bubble more interesting.
Who will you be watching?