For most of the fringe players on Seattle's current expanded 75-man roster, tonight's game against the Oakland Raiders is an audition for other teams.
There are a few highly competitive positions, however, that remain very much undecided. Here are five players whose future in Seattle could very well hinge on how they perform tonight.
Players are listed alphabetically.
WR/QB B.J. Daniels: Carroll raved about Daniels' versatility after the Chargers game and because of the former South Florida standout's ability to play emergency quarterback, he likely makes the roster with primary backup Tarvaris Jackson still recovering from an ankle injury. Kevin Smith, however, has been even better at wide receiver and on special teams and fellow UW product Kasen Williams has the bulk and strong hands to win contested passes - something the Seahawks gave up when trading Kevin Norwood to the Carolina Panthers.
TE Anthony McCoy: Like Williams, McCoy has worked hard to overcome devastating medical issues in recent years, making him a player to root for. He's missed each of the past two seasons with torn Achilles tendons (right in 2013, left in 2014) and has worked hard to overcome them. McCoy is a better in-line blocker than all three of the tight ends listed ahead of him on Seattle's current public depth chart, including All-Pro Jimmy Graham. At 6-5, 259 pounds, McCoy is both bigger and stronger than Luke Willson (6-5, 252) and Cooper Helfet (6-3, 239) but he's been prone to mental mistakes dating back to his college days, dropping easy passes or being called for silly penalties. McCoy size/strength/speed combination is NFL-caliber but he cannot afford any mistakes tonight vs. the Chargers. McCoy is currently scheduled to make approximately $220,000 more than Helfet in 2015.
OT Terry Poole: At this point, I'd argue only three rookies are locks to make Seattle's final 53 - Frank Clark, Tyler Lockett and guard Mark Glowinski. Fellow rookies Kristjan Sokoli (OL) and Tye Smith (CB) have flashed but neithe is ready to compete at this level as a rookie and would ideally be practice squad candidates. Poole, drafted earlier than Glowinski, Sokoli and Smith, frankly, has struggled in camp and during games. He's been moved all over the line, including at left tackle (where he played in 2014 at San Diego State), right tackle and inside at guard. Poole is currently listed as the backup right tacke behind Garry Gilliam but this is a role that Alvin Bailey has handled in the past. The Seahawks don't want to cut a fourth round pick but if Poole doesn't have his strongest and most consistent performance of his early professional career tonight, he may not have another opportunity in Seattle to better it.
CB Mohammed Seisay: With impressive fluidity in coverage and a terrific interception of Russell Wilson over Jimmy Graham, the former undrafted free agent out of Nebraska made a strong impression on Seattle's staff in the days following the trade of a 2016 sixth round pick that brought him over from the Detroit Lions. Unfortunately, a groin injury suffered in the preseason opener against the Denver Broncos has kept Seisay sidelined for much of the time since. At 6-2, 202 pounds, Seisay has the length Carroll and defensive coordinator Kris Richard love on the perimeter but so too does former wide receiver Douglas McNeil III (6-3, 200) and rookie Tye Smith (6-0, 195) offers more position versatility. The corner who plays best against the Chargers among this trio could be rewarded with one of the final spots on the team's 53.
DT Jesse Williams: Williams' inspiring recovery from surgery to remove a cancerous kidney makes him an easy candidate to root for but even prior to this diagnosis the former Alabama standout drafted two years ago has yet to make an impact. He's in a battle with flashy rookie T.Y. McGill for the last spot at defensive tackle, and frankly, hasn't made as many plays thus far in camp and the 2015 preseason as the former NC State standout. Williams is coming off a strong performance last week against the San Diego Chargers, however, and offers some positional versatility at 6-3, 325 pounds with experience playing inside at defensive tackle and outside at the five-technique defensive end position dating back to his time with the Crimson Tide. Williams (and McGill) is practice squad eligible.