The Seahawks never-ending roster turnover continued this week with the club bringing back tight end Anthony McCoy and adding defensive back Akeem Davis, each of whom have spent time with the Washington Redskins.
Both players are expected to play largely reserve roles with Davis signed to boost the special teams and McCoy capable of helping on that unit as well as providing some size and power as a blocking tight end behind starter Luke Willson and fellow "undersized" hybrid Cooper Helfet.
The Seahawks re-shuffled the deck at tight end after cutting Chase Coffman, who was signed just a week ago. Davis boosts the numbers in the secondary after the club jettisoned former starting cornerback Cary Williams.
Carroll spoke about the additions during his normal post-practice Wednesday press conference.
"Well we hope to get him in the rotation to take some plays for us," Seattle's head coach said when asked about McCoy, who played under Carroll at USC and was on the Seahawks roster from 2010-2012.
"We know Anthony really well. We watched him on film at Washington [Redskins], and his ability to recall all that we've done over the years - we've been together like ten years or something - so he has a lot of background with us and our expectations, and that's really important right now that he can fit right in. It's hard for someone to jump in to the intricacies that we want to play with, and he'll be able to do that. So he'll play in this game and be part of it. It feels comfortable getting him back."
The 6-5, 259 pound McCoy has the strength and length to help Seattle up front. As Carroll noted, McCoy has "always been a solid blocker."
The Seahawks don't know the 6-1, 200 pound Davis quite as well but, according to Carroll, the club has been watching him for awhile now.
"He's a hard-nosed guy in special teams," Carroll said when asked about Davis. "He's got great energy about him, his toughness, the things that he does as a gunner covering kicks look special to us. So when we had a chance to get him on the roster, we did it. We're thinking we could really use an infusion of that. We've lost some guys, guys have gotten banged up, and with DeShawn Shead coming off special teams for the most part starting at corner, that left a void there. Still waiting for Brock [Coyle] to get back, that's still a void there. So we thought that his style jumped out at us. Really the special teams coaches had him targeted from a few weeks ago, but we just didn't have the opportunity yet. So we're really happy to get him. What I like about him, as well as the toughness, is that he's got a lot of energy that he brings too. So I think he's going to have a lot of fun with our guys."
Among the other topics Carroll addressed Wednesday was the ongoing recovery of star running back Marshawn Lynch.
Carroll, however, provided no real update as to when Lynch might be back on the field.
"I don't know that yet," was Carroll simple reply when asked when he expects Lynch to return to the field.
"He's rehabbing and when he's ready to start working with us we'll get him going. Not quite yet, but he's made improvement and he's feeling okay about it, so we'll see what happens. It won't happen this week."
Seattle is hoping that McCoy and Davis can also find a niche, preferrably in time to contribute Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens.