Here it is – the final 53, although Lawyer Milloy still is not official. The main surprise was the Seahawks cutting free safety Brian Russell. Hawks GM Tim Ruskell said during the preseason that there was competition at the safety position between Brian Russell and Jordan Babineaux.
But the Seahawks coaching staff downplayed the issue during training camp, making it seem like Russell was still the guy and the move to put Babineux at safety was more so in terms of depth.
Now we know the team wasn’t totally content with the personnel there, with the going out and getting Lawyer Milloy to beef up the secondary.
Linebacker D.D. Lewis not making the team also comes as a surprise. And Seattle decides to keep 11 defensive linemen, including rookies Nick Reed, Michael Bennett and Derek Walker.
Quarterbacks (3): Matt Hasselbeck, Seneca Wallace, Mike Teel
Comment: Teel’s play during the preseason solidified the team’s overall depth at the position. Look for Wallace to be used as a playmaker at times this season.
Running backs (5): Tailbacks – Julius Jones, Justin Forsett, Edgerrin James. Fullback – Justin Griffith, Owen Schmitt.
Comment: Overall playmaking ability might be a concern here, but I think the team has enough depth to get them through the year, and I expect Julius Jones to rush for 1,000 yards this season if he stays healthy.
Wide receivers (5): T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Nate Burleson, Deion Branch, Deon Butler, Ben Obomanu.
Comment: They could have gone with six receivers here with the overall talent that was on the roster, but I understand the choice to go with five guys. They will not run very many three or four receiver sets if preseason is any indication. Courtney Taylor should hook on somewhere. Either Logan Payne or Mike Hass is headed to the practice squad.
Tight ends (3): John Carlson, John Owens, Cameron Morrah.
Comment: It appears the Seahawks liked the potential of Morrah better than where Joe Newton’s development is at now. But Morrah is pretty raw, and if they have injuries here the team might have to pick up a guy during the year.
Offensive line (9): Walter Jones, Chris Spencer, Sean Locklear, Rob Sims, Steve Vallos, Max Unger, Ray Willis, Mansfield Wrotto, Kyle Williams.
Comment: Again, I thought they might keep Na’Shan Goddard around for security, but the team must feel pretty good that Jones will return sooner instead of later. They could be still looking for an offensive tackle to add here.
Total offense: 25
Defensive line (11): Cory Redding, Brandon Mebane, Colin Cole, Patrick Kerney, Darryl Tapp, Lawrence Jackson, Craig Terrill, Red Bryant, Nick Reed, Michael Bennett, Derek Walker.
Comment: The organization must have had concerns about losing Reed, Bennett and Walker if they put them on waivers, although all certainly played well enough during the season to warrant a roster spot. I would expect Baraka Atkins to be picked up by another team.
Linebackers (6): Lofa Tatupu, Leroy Hill, Aaron Curry, Will Herring David Hawthorne, Lance Laury
Comment: Along with Brian Russell being released, the surprise move had to be D.D. Lewis not making the team. There may have been some concerns with his durability coming off the arthroscopic surgery, and the play of Will Herring allows the team to fill better about the young depth here. Lewis is another guy that will be snapped up by someone.
Defensive backs (8): Ken Lucas, Josh Wilson, Deon Grant, Jordan Babineaux, C.J. Wallace, Kelly Jennings, Travis Fisher, Lawyer Milloy.
Comment: I’m a little surprised Jamar Adams didn’t make it here, but he could probably use another year on the practice squad. Fisher is a proven veteran who provides good depth with Trufant out for the first six weeks of the season.
Total defense: 25
Specialty (3): Jon Ryan, Kevin Houser, Olindo Mare
Comment: Again, I thought Mare just provided a better option here, so I’m not surprised to see Coutu moving on.