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Seattle Seahawks projected 53-man roster for 2011

Post by Eric Williams on Sep. 3, 2011 at 7:48 am with 24 Comments »
September 3, 2011 7:48 am

Here’s how I think it sits right now. Of course we will know for certain this afternoon once the Seattle Seahawks announce final roster cuts by the 3 p.m. deadline.

Let me know your thoughts in the comments section.

Quarterbacks (3):
Tarvaris Jackson, Charlie Whitehurst, Josh Portis
Comment: Portis could wind up on the practice squad, but I know they like him a lot and might be concerned about losing him through waivers. But they can pick up a roster spot here by putting Portis on the practice squad.

Running backs (5): Tailbacks – Marshawn Lynch, Leon Washington, Justin Forsett, Thomas Clayton. Fullback – Michael Robinson.
Comment: I think Clayton has done enough to make the roster and adds value because he gives Seattle another physical runner in case Marshawn gets hurt. Clayton can also help them on special teams.

Wide receivers (5): Sidney Rice, Mike Williams, Ben Obomanu, Golden Tate, Kris Durham.
Comment: Baldwin has certainly done enough to make the team, but I don’t know if you can keep a sixth wide receiver if he doesn’t play on any of the special teams. I think they take a chance to see if they can sneak him on the practice squad. Tate and Forsett can serve as backups for Washington on the returns. They also will have a decision to make once Deon Butler is healthy and can come off the PUP list.

Tight ends (3):
Zach Miller, Anthony McCoy, Dominique Byrd
Comment: They only have three healthy ones on the roster right now, so all three stay on the active roster, with Morrah a candidate to be added once he’s healthy and can come off of the PUP list.

Offensive line (10): Russell Okung, Robert Gallery, Max Unger, John Moffitt, James Carpenter, Tyler Polumbus, Mike Gibson, Breno Giacomini, Paul Fanaika, Paul McQuistan.
Comment: I think you need 10 guys here because of Gallery’s injury. But we could also see some waiver claims here from other team to improve the talent and overall depth.

Total offense: 26

Defensive line (9):
Chris Clemons, Brandon Mebane, Alan Branch, Red Bryant, Raheem Brock, Jimmy Wilkerson, Dexter Davis, Junior Siavii, Pep Levingston.
Comment: This is another area of the team where you might see some waiver claims to some depth up front, particularly is Wilkerson’s knee injury is more serious once he is evaluated today.

Linebackers (6): Leroy Hill, Aaron Curry, David Hawthorne, Matt McCoy, K.J. Wright, Malcolm Smith.
Comment: If Seattle kept seven linebackers, David Vobora would be next in line. Maybe they decide that Malcolm Smith needs more seasoning and try to slide him on the practice squad, but I think right now he’s earned a spot on the team. McCoy proved that not only can he contribute on special teams, but he’s a quality depth guy at linebacker.

Defensive backs (9): Marcus Trufant, Brandon Browner, Walter Thurmond, Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor, Atari Bigby, Josh Pinkard and Jeron Johnson.

Comment: I basically chose Johnson over Baldwin because he will play more of the special teams and gives you more value on the roster. For that reason they could decide to keep Byron Maxwell on as well.

Total defense: 24

Specialty (3): Jon Ryan, Jeff Reed, Clint Gresham
Comment: Reed has been solid in camp so far kicking field goals, but he could still get a little more depth on his kickoffs. Ryan and Gresham have both been consistent.

Practice squad: CB Byron Maxwell, WR Doug Baldwin, S Mark LeGree, WR Ricardo Lockette, DT David Howard, LB Mike Morgan, OL Lemuel Jeanpierre, DE Jameson Konz.

PUP list: DT Colin Cole, CB Roy Lewis, WR Deon Butler, TE Cameron Morrah.

Roster Analysis
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  1. pabuwal says:

    I could see Portis being cut and landing on the Practice Squad. He is such a project, I don’t see any other team picking him up for the 53 man roster.

    I also think Durham makes the 53 man over Baldwin. I also wouldn’t worry about any other team picking Baldwin up for the 53 man roster.

    I think Clayton stays and he becomes the goal line, short yardage back, much like TJ Duckett was. I am still trying to figure out they purpose of Michael Robinson.

  2. Skavage says:

    1. As strange as this sounds I think Robinson hurt himself by putting on the extra weight for this season. He’s really not a fullback and never was. He jumped in and did it last year when he was needed and then tried to add some weight this year. He seems a lot slower and not as much “pop” on his blocks. I wonder if Clayton could be converted as he looks like he carries the weight much better.

    2. I also think Baldwin has a lot more drive to succeed in him than Tate. I think his hustle has earned himself a spot. If he’s waived look for Cleveland to pick him up. He’s really a prototype slot guy for the west coast and Cleveland is lacking there. We need to find a way to keep him

    3. Sad to see that Tate showed up finally but only when he and the rest of the world knew his butt was on the line. If that’s what it takes to motivate the guy, I vote we trade him. We have plenty of others that can run back kicks and play the slot.

    Maybe we wrap up Tate and a late pick for a good right tackle.

    4. I’m not sure I agree with keeping Pinkard. Personally I haven’t been as impressed as others seem to be. I think I’d take a chance and try to get him on the PS and keep Maxwell for Special Teams. He seems like a pretty fearless gunner.

  3. teruski says:

    No surprises there Eric. I would have like to seen Baldwin on the 53, no way he makes it through waivers.

  4. Dukeshire says:

    Baldwin would be an especially difficult cut considering Carroll’l compete mantra. Because that’s all he’s done since he got here. And I would disagree about Not playing on any special teams. He’s shown to be a far better option returning than Tate.

  5. WR Baldwin makes the team and OG Fanaika does not, Polumbus,Gibson and McQuistan all play OG.

    McDonald makes the team Levingston does not.

    Vobora makes the team.

  6. Ewalters7354 says:

    I don’t think Josh Pinkard is better than Byron Maxwell.He only made one play all preseason.I like Maxwell way better.Also,I would hate to see them cut Doug Baldwin because he has been one of the better rookies along with Richard Sherman.Don’t know about Dexter Davis just yet.Not to worried about Portis being snatched another team.

  7. After spending a week disrespecting Golden Tate, I had to (gladly) eat crow last night all through the first half. They seemed determined on targeting him a lot and he finally showed up and I’m happy to say he showed improvement. But I’d still love to see Baldwin on the team and pushing Tate for time in the slot. He can still compete with Tate in practice if he’s on the PS, but I really hope they don’t lose him. With this offense, we really need another guy who can go over the middle.

    I like the way our young CBs showed up last night, but watching all the DBs in the stadium I saw some lost young safeties out there in the second half. I’m not so sure Johnson and Pinkard make the 53. I’m wondering if we may see some new names added at S by Monday.

  8. Tommy Harris cut by the Colts. Maybe a replacement for Wilkerson?

  9. Ewalters7354 says:

    SkavageI just said the same thing.I would cut Dexter Davis for him though.

  10. AaronCurryIsBUST says:

    If the Colts with their terrible DT situation didn’t want Harris, no thanks.

  11. Cutting Baldwin would be a mistake (and I don’t think it’ll happen), especially since Tate has yet proven to be a consistent WR. I think Baldwin has shown too much in preseason to be able to send him through waivers safely. Don’t forget that other teams were already interested in him — that’s why he commanded a $17,500 signing bonus.

    As for Portis, he’s so raw that he would probably go unclaimed.

  12. Am I the only one here wondering if Legree doesn’t make the 53?

  13. freedom_X says:

    I’d rather see one less DB and one less OL and keep Baldwin and Vobora. I’d also lean towards Portis on the practice squad, but didn’t they lose their practice squad QB last year? Remember, just because they’re on the practice squad doesn’t mean they’ll stay there – anybody can claim them at anytime, as long as they make them active.

    I can see that Seattle would normally keep fewer LBs due to Carroll’s defensive system, but between the safeties and the LB’s, to me the deciding factor is special teams (coverage units.) I think Vobora might be better on special teams than Pinkard/Johnson, so that could be the difference maker.

    The thing Tate has to now prove is that he can keep his intensity when he’s not the focal point of the passing game. He may have some Moss-itis where, if he’s not getting most of the plays called for him, his attention and focus wanes. As a 3rd WR, he has to keep hs focus at all times. Will he learn to do that?

  14. Sorry Eric but Baldwin will be on a 53 man roster come the beginning of the season… Whether it’s the Seahawks or not is the question.

  15. edstang45 says:

    my concern still lies with the OL, will Okung reinjure a ankle in SF, then who will back up Tyler, maybe we should keep a couplke extra on the PS. Send Tate to da bus stop and keep Baldwin, seems were are thin at LB too atleast among the Vets, Hill needs to prove he can last, Hawethorn is still banged up, Vodobora should stay(spelling), sorry I dont think 53 is enough to protect our asses from the injury bug, this season is going to test my sanity

  16. I thought Legree, Maxwell, and Pep Livingston all looked like draftees who were headed for a year on PS when they were picked. I havent seen or heard of anything they did in training camp that would change that.

  17. AaronCurryIsBUST says:

    Jeron Johnson must make this team, he has outstanding instincts.

  18. OT Robinson released.

  19. OT Ray Willis was just released by MIA.

  20. PHI released RT Reggie Wells

  21. chuck_easton says:

    Klm, I don’t think Seattle is looking for a RT no matter how much you would like it.

  22. I think Baldwin has totally out performed Durham. I could even see him as the full time return guy. Punts or kicks

  23. So interesting cuts around the league

    Ne cut S Merriweather who ade the lady 2 pro bowls

    Olshansky (sp) DL cut from Dallas would either fit here?

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