Projecting the Seahawks 53-man roster

Brian McIntyre of Seahawks.Net projects how the Seattle Seahawks' 53-man roster might look as it heads into the 2008 regular season.

Quarterback (3)

In: Matt Hasselbeck, Seneca Wallace, Charlie Frye
Out: Dalton Bell

The Seahawks can feel real good about their quarterback situation.

Running back (6)

In: Julius Jones, Maurice Morris, T.J. Duckett, Justin Forsett, Leonard Weaver, Owen Schmitt
Out: David Kirtman

It's not Kirtman's fault, he's just caught in a numbers game.

Wide Receiver (6)

In: Bobby Engram, Nate Burleson, Deion Branch, Courtney Taylor, Jordan Kent, Logan Payne
Out: Michael Bumpus, Trent Shelton, Bryan Gilmore
Injured Reserve: Ben Obomanu

In the unlikely scenario where Branch is placed on PUP, Bumpus sticks around. Otherwise, Seattle will look to add Bumpus onto their practice squad. Shelton could be a practice squad option, as well.

Tight End (3)

In: Will Heller, John Carlson, Jeb Putzier
Out: Joe Newton

This was decided before camp started. Newton has another season of practice squad eligibility remaining.

Offensive line (9)

In: Walter Jones, Mike Wahle, Chris Spencer, Rob Sims, Sean Locklear, Mansfield Wrotto, Steve Vallos, Ray Willis, Floyd Womack
Out: Kyle Williams, Pat Murray, Ben Claxton, Nick Jones
Injured Reserve: Chris Gray, Will Robinson
International Practice Squad: Samuel Gutekunst

Williams and Murray are practice squad candidates.

Defensive ends (4)

In: Patrick Kerney, Lawrence Jackson, Darryl Tapp, Jason Babin
Out: Baraka Atkins, Nu'u Tafisi

I wouldn't bet the mortgage on Atkins not making the 53-man roster, but Babin has earned the fourth and likely final spot at defensive end. Seattle may look to trade Atkins (or Babin) for a 2009 draft choice this morning.

Tafisi may land on the practice squad.

Defensive tackles (5)

In: Rocky Bernard, Brandon Mebane, Craig Terrill, Howard Green, Red Bryant
Out: Larry Tripplett, Chris Cooper, Kevin Brown

Seattle never got a chance to see what Tripplett and Cooper could do on the field. Brown should land on the practice squad.

Linebackers (6)

In: Lofa Tatupu, Julian Peterson, Leroy Hill, D.D. Lewis, Lance Laury, David Hawthorne
Out: Dallas Sartz
Injured Reserve: Wesly Mallard
Non-Football Injury List: Will Herring

This group was all but settled after the first preseason game. Sartz could be on the practice squad.

Secondary (8)

In: Marcus Trufant, Kelly Jennings, Jordan Babineaux, Josh Wilson, Kevin Hobbs, Deon Grant, Brian Russell, C.J. Wallace
Out: Marquis Floyd, Kelin Johnson, Jamar Adams
Injured Reserve: DeMichael Dizer

Adams went undrafted and a lot of the praise he's received during camp has been based on his work during practice, which the 31 other teams aren't privy to. Because of that, Seattle should be able to get him onto their practice squad.

Specialists (3)

In: Jeff Robinson, Ryan Plackemeier, Brandon Coutu
Out: Olindo Mare, Reggie Hodges
Injured Reserve: Tyler Schmitt

Drafted kickers usually make the 53-man roster, and it's not like Coutu hasn't kicked well. He was 7-for-7 on his field goal attempts this summer.

Brian McIntyre writes about the Seahawks and blogs about the NFL. You can reach him here.

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