Seahawks 2009 Roster Analysis - Part III

Midway through the preseason, Brian McIntyre of NorthwestFootball.net takes a look at who's a lock, who's on the bubble, and who's a long-shot to make the Seattle Seahawks' 53-man 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, Mike Teel
Bubble: Jeff Rowe

Very little intrigue, as Teel appears to have nailed down the 3rd QB job.

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, Edgerrin James, Justin Forsett, Owen Schmitt (FB), Justin Griffith (FB)
Bubble: None
Long-Shots: Devin Moore (RB), David Kirtman (FB), Dan Curran (FB)
Roster Moves: Edgerrin James (signed, 8/25); T.J. Duckett (contract terminated, 8/25)

Major shake-up this week, with the Seahawks signed Edgerrin James to a one-year deal and T.J. Duckett being released. Jones should be the starter, though if he were to miss a game or two with an injury, like he did last week, James is a much better option to step in for 15-20 carries than Duckett would've been. Forsett still appears to be an ideal third-down back, with Schmitt and Griffith handling the fullback duties.

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 the locks. Based on how they've been used, Kent and Taylor have the edge for the final two spots, with Obomanu a very close third in that race. Payne and Hass aren't getting into preseason games until real late, and Bumpus appears headed for another season on the practice squad.

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

Newton still has the edge for the third tight end spot, but Morrah is beginning to push him.

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), Steve Vallos (C/G), Mansfield Wrotto (G)
Bubble: Cory Withrow (C/G), Na'Shan Goddard (G/T), Kyle Williams (G/T)
Long-Shot: William Robinson (T), Andre Ramsey (T), Brian De La Puente (G)
Roster moves: Grey Ruegamer (released, 8/25); Brian De La Puente (claimed off waivers, 8/25)

The top 8 spots are set, and with Jones and Spencer on the mend, as many as ten offensive linemen could be kept on September 5, when all teams must trim their roster to 53 players. As tackles, Goddard and Williams would have the edge over Withrow, a center/guard. Robinson, Ramsey, and the newly added De La Puente each has practice-squad eligibility.

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), Michael Bennett (DT/DE)
Long-Shots: Derek Walker (DE/DT), Kevin Brown (DT)

Atkins and Reed have each earned a spot on the 53-man roster, which is why it'll be interesting to see how Reed fares this weekend when he gets some work against the Kansas City Chiefs' first-team offense. If he plays as well then, as he had in the previous two games, he could secure his spot on the roster. Either way, cutting Atkins, Reed, or Bennett is going to be a very difficult decision for Dan Quinn, Gus Bradley, Jim Mora, and Ruskell to make.

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, D.D. Lewis, David Hawthorne
Bubble: Will Herring, Lance Laury
Long-shot: Dave Philistin, Shane Simmons

With Curry out last week, Lewis stepped up into his starting role, while Hawthorne has secured the backup middle linebacker job. A desire to keep one of the defensive ends could leave just one spot for Herring or Laury.

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, Kelly Jennings
Bubble: Kevin Hobbs, Travis Fisher, Jamar Adams, C.J. Wallace, Courtney Greene
Long-Shots: Marquis Floyd

Assuming Trufant won't open the season on the PUP list, the guys on the bubble are likely vying for the same 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

If healthy, Mare should be the guy as Coutu lacks the ability to consistently kick the ball into the opponent's end zone.

(Another) Way Too Early 53-Man Roster Projection

QB (3): Hasselbeck, Wallace, Teel
RB (5): Jones, James, 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, Hawthorne, Herring, Laury
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 at Mac'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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