Seahawks 2009 Roster Analysis - Part II

With one preseason game in the books, Brian McIntyre of NorthwestFootball.net takes a look at who's a lock, and who's on the bubble of the Seattle Seahawks roster.

Quarterbacks

Players Brought to 2008 Training Camp: 4
Players Kept in 2008: 3
Players Brought to 2009 Training Camp: 4
Locks: Matt Hasselbeck, Seneca Wallace
Bubble: Mike Teel, Jeff Rowe

Mike Teel may have put a little distance between himself and Jeff Rowe on Saturday, completing 7-of-15 passes for 75 yards and bounced back nicely after throwing an interception to throw his first NFL touchdown pass. Even if Teel and Rowe are even, in the NFL, "ties go to the money" and Seattle has more invested in Teel.

Running Backs

Players Brought to 2008 Training Camp: 7 (4 RB, 3 FB)
Players Kept in 2008: 6
Players Brought to 2009 Training Camp: 8 (4 RB, 4 FB)
Locks: Julius Jones, T.J. Duckett, Justin Forsett, Owen Schmitt (FB), Justin Griffith (FB)
Bubble: Devin Moore
Long-Shots: David Kirtman (FB), Dan Curran (FB)

Not much changed at the running back position on Saturday, but one performance that may have been overlooked (insert height joke here) was Justin Forsett's blitz pick ups. On three occasions, Forsett cut down an oncoming pass-rusher, creating clear passing lanes. If he can do that consistently, he'll see more action on third-downs.   

Wide Receivers

Players Brought to 2008 Training Camp: 11
Players Kept in 2008: 6
Players Brought to 2009 Training Camp: 11
Locks: T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Nate Burleson, Deion Branch, Deon Butler
Bubble: Jordan Kent, Courtney Taylor, Ben Obomanu, Michael Bumpus, Logan Payne, Mike Hass
Long-Shots:

Houshmandzadeh, Burleson, Branch, and Butler are still locks, and the battle for the other one or two roster spots remains wide open. Kent was solid as a gunner on punts, Obomanu led the ‘Hawks with 31 yards receiving, Taylor had a nice catch-and-run on a third down play to set up the Wallace-to-Owens touchdown, and Hass caught a touchdown pass.

Tight Ends

Players Brought to 2008 Training Camp: 4
Players Kept in 2008: 3
Players Brought to 2009 Training Camp: 5
Locks: John Carlson, John Owens
Bubble: Joe Newton, Cameron Morrah
Long-Shot: John Tereshinski

It was bizarro world at Qualcomm, as Carlson impressed with his blocking and Owens flashed some impressive receiving ability. The real competition here is between Newton and Morrah, with Newton having some built-in advantages over the seventh-round pick. He's a bigger target, has spent the last two years and this entire off-season working with Hasselbeck and Wallace, and unlike Morrah, is not practice squad eligible.

Offensive Linemen

Players Brought to 2008 Training Camp: 13 (6 T, 7 C/G)
Players Kept in 2008: 9 (4 T, 5 G/C)
Players Brought to 2009 Training Camp: 14 (7 T, 7 C/G)
Locks: Walter Jones (T), Sean Locklear (T), Ray Willis (T/G), Max Unger (C/G), Chris Spencer (C/G), Rob Sims (G)
Bubble: Mansfield Wrotto (G/C), Cory Withrow (C/G), Steve Vallos (C/G), Grey Ruegamer (C/G), Na'Shan Goddard (G/T), Kyle Williams (G/T), William Robinson (T), Andre Ramsey (T)
Long-Shot:

Early guess, based on reports out of training camp and playing time on Saturday, would be for Wrotto, Vallos, and Williams to earn the final three roster spots on the offensive line..

Defensive Linemen

Players Brought to 2008 Training Camp: 14 (7 DT, 7 DE)
Players Kept in 2008: 9 (4 DT / 5 DE)
Players Brought to 2009 Training Camp: 13 (8 DE / 5 DT)
Locks: Patrick Kerney (DE), Lawrence Jackson (DE), Darryl Tapp (DE), Brandon Mebane (DT), Colin Cole (DT), Craig Terrill (DT), Red Bryant (DT), Corey Redding (DT/DE)
Bubble: Baraka Atkins (DE), Nick Reed (DE), Derek Walker (DE/DT), Michael Bennett (DT/DE), Kevin Brown (DT)
Long-Shots:

If the guys on the bubble continue to play at the level they did on Saturday night, the Seahawks will have to cut 2 or 3 players who absolutely deserve a spot on a 53-man roster and may not be able to sneak them all onto the practice squad. That said, it's only one game.  

Linebackers

Players Brought to 2008 Training Camp: 9
Players Kept in 2008: 6
Players Brought to 2009 Training Camp: 9
Locks: Lofa Tatupu, Leroy Hill, Aaron Curry
Bubble: D.D. Lewis, Will Herring, Lance Laury, David Hawthorne
Long-shot: Dave Philistin, Shane Simmons

Lewis, Herring, Laury, and Hawthorne's contributions on special teams make it conceivable for them all to be kept, but they could also be battling for three roster spots.

Secondary

Players Brought to 2008 Training Camp: 13 (7 CB, 6 S)
Players Kept in 2008: 7 (4 CB / 3 S)
Players Brought to 2009 Training Camp: 13 (7 CB / 6 S)
Locks: Marcus Trufant, Ken Lucas, Josh Wilson, Deon Grant, Brian Russell, Jordan Babineaux
Bubble: Kelly Jennings, Kevin Hobbs, Travis Fisher, Jamar Adams, C.J. Wallace, Courtney Greene
Long-Shots: Marquis Floyd

Jennings made a nice play to come up with an interception, but for the most part, he and Hobbs alternated giving up big plays and did little towards claiming Seattle's fourth corner spot. Aside from Brian Russell apparently winning the free safety competition, not much has changed at the back end of the secondary. Adams, Wallace, and Greene are vying for one or two, likely one, roster spot.   

Specialists

Players Brought to 2008 Training Camp: 5
Players Kept in 2008: 4
Players Brought to 2009 Training Camp: 4
Locks: Jon Ryan, Kevin Houser
Bubble: Olindo Mare, Brandon Coutu

Coutu is a promising kicker, but he'll have to improve his depth on kickoffs to win the job. The ‘Hawks know what Mare can do, so it wouldn't be surprising to see Coutu handle all the kicking duties again this week when Denver comes to town.  

A Way Too Early 53-Man Roster Projection

QB (3): Hasselbeck, Wallace, Teel
RB (5): Jones, Duckett, Forsett, Schmitt, Griffith
WR (6): Houshmandzadeh, Burleson, Branch, Butler, Taylor, Kent
TE (3): Carlson, Owens, Newton
OL (9): Jones, Sims, Spencer, Unger, Locklear, Willis, Wrotto, Vallos, Williams
DL (9): Kerney, Redding, Cole, Mebane, Jackson, Tapp, Terrill, Bryant, Reed
LB (7): Tatupu, Hill, Curry, Lewis, Laury, Hawthorne, Herring
DB (8): Trufant, Lucas, Grant, Russell, Wilson, Babineaux, Jennings, Wallace
ST (3): Mare, Ryan, Houser

Practice Squad: Moore, Bumpus, Morrah, Ramsey, Bennett, Philistin, Adams, Greene

In addition to writing for NorthwestFootball.net, Brian McIntyre blogs daily atMac's Football Blog and writes for FalconInsider.com on the Scout network. If you'd like to e-mail Brian, you may do so by clicking here.


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