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Post by Eric Williams on July 22, 2013 at 8:42 am with 56 Comments »
July 22, 2013 8:42 am
Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll watches as players stretch before practice drills at Seahawks NFL football Rookie Minicamp, Friday, May 10, 2013, in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll watches as players stretch before practice drills at Seahawks NFL football Rookie Minicamp, Friday, May 10, 2013, in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Good morning. With training camp set to begin on Thursday, we take a closer look at the Seattle Seahawks’ 90-man roster in what will likely be the most competitive training camp in Pete Carroll’s tenure in Seattle.

I expect hard-fought battles at linebacker, offensive guard, cornerback, defensive tackle and receiver. The Seahawks also have to answer questions at tight end with the team’s depth behind Zach Miller, and which four pass rushers will work on third down, particularly with the uncertainty of Chris Clemons coming back from his knee issue, and Bruce Irvin out the first four games.

Quarterback
Number kept last season: Two
Currently on roster: Three
Average number kept since 2009: 2.75
Lock: Russell Wilson
Looking good: Tarvaris Jackson
On the bubble: Brady Quinn
Comment – For the first time since 2009, the Seahawks have an unquestioned starter in Wilson, who earned a Pro Bowl invite after an impressive rookie season. Pete Carroll expects that Wilson will be even better adjusting to defenses and making play changes at the line of scrimmage, with a full offseason and training camp working with the first unit under his belt. However, Seattle still has competition for the backup QB position between Jackson and Quinn. Jackson has the edge here because of his experience in offense coordinator Darrell Bevell’s system, but the coaching staff also likes Quinn’s work ethic and game management skills.
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Running back
Number kept last season: Four
Currently on roster: Six
Average number kept since 2009: 4.25
Locks: Marshawn Lynch, Robert Turbin, Christine Michael
Looking good: Michael Robinson.
On the bubble: Spencer Ware
Longer odds: Derrick Coleman.
Comment – Lynch, coming off a career-best 1,590 rushing yards in 2012, remains one of the best runners in the game. However, the Seahawks drafted Michael in the second round as depth in case Lynch begins to show the tread on his tires is wearing thin. Turbin looked impressive during offseason workouts, and will take over for the departed Leon Washington as the team’s third down back. Robinson, set to make $2.5 million in base salary, will have some competition for his starting job in Spencer Ware, a sixth round selection in this year’s draft out of LSU who offers some versatility because of his ability to play both tailback and fullback.

Wide receiver
Number kept last season: Five
Currently on roster: 13
Average number kept since 2009: 5.0
Locks: Sidney Rice, Percy Harvin, Doug Baldwin, Golden Tate.
In the hunt: Chris Harper, Jermaine Kearse, Bryan Walters, Phil Bates, Stephen Williams.
Longer Odds: Brett Swain, Greg Herd, Justin Veltung, Arceto Clark.
Comment – The addition of Harvin makes this unit one of the most talented in the league. Harvin’s explosive playmaking ability on the perimeter will make it hard for defenses to stack the box against Lynch in the run game. Adding Harvin also will give Rice and Tate more favorable matchups on the outside. Baldwin, who led Seattle in receptions as a rookie two years ago, could have his targets affected because of Harvin. However, the Seahawks need Baldwin on the roster as a security blanket in case the oft-injured Harvin goes down. There will be a nice battle for the fifth and perhaps sixth receiver spots in Harper, Kearse, Walters, Bates and Williams. One player to keep an eye on is Walters. He looked good playing in the slot during offseason work.

Tight end
Number kept last season: Three
Currently on roster: Six
Average number kept since 2009: 2.75
Locks: Zach Miller,
Looking good: Sean McGrath, Luke Willson
Longer odds: Darren Fells, Victor Marshall, Cooper Helfet.
Comment – Tight end probably is the thinnest position group on Seattle’s talented roster. With Anthony McCoy out for the year after suffering a torn Achilles tendon during organized training activities, Miller is the only person in the position group who has a reception during the regular season. McGrath, an undrafted rookie free agent out of Henderson State who finished 2012 on the active roster, likely will take McCoy’s role as the team’s second tight end. McGrath is not as good as an athlete as McCoy, but he’s a polished route runner with reliable hands. Willson, a fifth round selection in this year’s draft out of Rice, has elite speed and can stretch the middle of the defense. However, Willson still needs work as a run blocker.

Offensive line

Number kept last season: 10
Currently on roster: 15
Average number kept since 2009: 10
Locks: Russell Okung, Max Unger, James Carpenter, Breno Giacomini, J.R. Sweezy.
In the hunt: Paul McQuistan, John Moffitt, Lemuel Jeanpierre, Mike Person, Michael Bowie, Rishaw Johnson.
Longer odds: Ryan Seymour, Jared Smith, Alvin Bailey, Jake Bscherer.
Comment – McQuistan will have competition for the left guard spot with Carpenter, Seattle’s first round selection in the 2011 draft. Carpenter finished last season on the injured reserve, but had arthroscopic knee surgery to clean up the issue, and is the team’s strongest lineman. Moffitt also will compete with Sweezy for the starting right guard spot. A converted defensive lineman, Sweezy quickly picked up offensive line play, finishing 2012 as Seattle’s starting right guard. While not as strong and athletic as Sweezy, Moffitt is more of a technician. With Pro Bowlers Okung and Unger returning, if offensive line guru Tom Cable can solidify the guard spots, the Seahawks should have one of the better offensive lines in the NFL.

Defensive line
Number kept last season: Eight
Currently on roster: 14
Average number kept since 2009: 8.5
Locks:Chris Clemons, Red Bryant, Brandon Mebane, Cliff Avril, Michael Bennett, Jordan Hill.
In the hunt: Clinton McDonald, Tony McDaniel, Jaye Howard, Jesse Williams.
Longer odds: Kenneth Boatright, Benson Mayowa, Ty Powell, Michael Brooks.
Comment – Williams and Hill proved as good as advertised during offseason work, now the rookie duo will have to do it again in preseason games to solidify their spots on the 53-man roster. I’m interested to see how Avril plays during training camp after sitting out most of OTAs with a foot issue. Another player who caught my eye during offseason work was Brooks, a waiver claim from the Detroit Lions out of East Carolina.

Linebackers
Number kept last season: Seven
Currently on roster: 11
Average number kept since 2009: 6.5
Locks: K.J. Wright, Bobby Wagner, Malcolm Smith, Heath Farwell, Bruce Irvin.
In the hunt: Mike Morgan, Allen Bradford, Kyle Knox, Korey Toomer.
Longer odds: John Lotulelei, Craig Wilkins.
Comment – Second-round draft choice Wagner exceeded expectations by leading the team in tackles his rookie year, and Wright has turned into one of the better outside linebackers in the game. However, Seattle needs to find a replacement for Leroy Hill, who did not return to the team in free agency. Smith, who started four games last season, is penciled in as the replacement for Hill right now. However, he will have competition in Irvin. The West Virginia product led all rookies in sacks last year with eight, but Carroll will use Irvin more like Denver edge rusher Von Miller in an effort to get Irvin on the field more.

Cornerbacks
Number kept last season: Six
Currently on roster: 10
Average number kept since 2008: 5.75
Locks: Richard Sherman, Brandon Browner, Antoine Winfield.
On the bubble: Jeremy Lane, Walter Thurmond, Tharold Simon, Byron Maxwell, DeShawn Shead, Will Blackmon, Ron Parker.
Comment – Again, this group remains one of the most competitive in camp. Whoever gets cut from this group likely will end up on an active roster (think Jacksonville or the N.Y. Jets) with another team in the NFL. Shead also has played some safety, so he offers some versatility that way. And don’t rule out Thurmond pushing Winfield for the starting slot defender role. The University of Oregon product was one of the stars of offseason work.

Safeties
Number kept last season: Five
Currently on roster: Six
Average number kept since 2008: 4.25
Locks: Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor.
In the hunt: Jeron Johnson, Chris Maragos.
Longer odds: Winston Guy, Ray Polk.
Comment – You won’t find much argument from NFL observers that the Seahawks have one of the best defensive backfields in the league, led by Pro Bowlers Thomas and Chancellor. Seattle allowed just 40 receptions of 20-plus yards in 2012, No. 6 in the league. Seattle also gave up just 15 passing touchdowns last season, tied for No. 2 in the NFL with Baltimore. Polk, an undrafted rookie free agent out of Colorado, is an interesting prospect. At 6-1 and 219 pounds, he packs a punch, but also has good athleticism like Taylor Mays.

Specialists
Specialists kept last season: Three
Currently on roster: Five
Average number kept since 2009: 3.0
Locks: (P) Jon Ryan.
On the bubble: (K) Steven Hauschka, K Carson Wiggs, (LS) Clint Gresham, (LS) Kyle Nelson.
Comment – Hauschka will have competition for the starting job from Wiggs, a strong-footed kicker out of Purdue. Gresham, Seattle’s long snapper since 2010, also will have to compete for his job with waiver wire pickup Nelson (Niners). Gresham has been solid since joining Seattle three years ago, but he’s due to make $1.3 million in base salary in 2013 after signing his restricted free agent tender, while Nelson is due to make $480,000 in base salary for the upcoming year. Harvin will take over kick return duties, while Tate is expected to fill the team’s punt return role.

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  1. Dukeshire says:

    Nice breakdown, Eric. Finally, camp opens this week.

  2. Wow. REAL football is almost here.

    This roster analysis provides a lot to chew on. So many battles in camp. Especially at DT, CB, WR. Some great battles. I can’t wait to see which guys surprise in camp and win a roster spot when no one saw them coming.

  3. WR: Phil Bates vs Chris Harper vs Jermaine Kearse. Probably only one makes the 53.
    DT: Clinton McDonald, Tony McDaniel, Jaye Howard, Jesse Williams – two or three make the 53?
    CB: Tharold Simon, Byron Maxwell, Will Blackmon – one?
    And who comes from no where and surprises?

  4. jawpeace says:

    The Hawks are a loaded and talented team. I am pretty confident that some players that don’t quite make the team and the Hawks were probably hoping to put them on the practice squad will be snatched up to another teams roster.
    One team’s coach who I know will be watching the Hawks very closely and pluck some players away is Gus B. down in Jax.
    While it will stink to lose some talent it just means that the Hawks are very good.

  5. CDHawkFan says:

    Eric, will the Hawks be required to use 1 of its 53 spots on Irvin while he serves his suspension? I am guessing they will.

    Also a little confused with Clemons situation. I read that he has to be part of the final 53 to be IR’ed in the hope of coming back mid season. I pretty sure the team then carries another person to actually have 53 and dump one when Clemons comes back off IR. Does that one person you add to make up for Clemons have to clear anything, are they openned to be poached by another team for a brief time, kind of like the pratice squad? Also, seems like you can only IR 1 player that is eligable to come back mid season, though that was the modified rules of 2012 and I am not sure what is in place for 2013.

  6. MoSeahawk12 says:

    Cool start to the new Monday Morning QB w Peter King.
    http://mmqb.si.com/2013/07/22/back-in-flight/

  7. Thanks MoSeahawk. Russell sounds all growed-up now, doesn’t he.

  8. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I’m intrigued with Ray Polk.

  9. Between the free agents and picks, I love the depth we’ve added to the D-line.

    Worth remembering how crucial Okung is to this team too – it was a different time, but I remember how quickly things went downhill when he was out for extended periods of time in years past. Who is his primary back-up?

  10. Mr Williams, did you cut Ty Powell? I thought he was gonna play LB…

  11. CDHawkFan: I believe Clemons would have to on the active roster to begin the season in order to be designated to the Short-term IR. Check out this link. Irvin would not be counted against the 53-man roster until he’s eligible to play after serving his 4-game suspension.

    KLM008: I put Ty Powell with the defensive ends because he’s been playing mostly Leo during offseason work.

  12. Oops, I see – you’ve got him at DE. Also, we’ve only 89 players now instead of 90?

  13. wabubba67 says:

    Watch Bowie still Giacomini’s job at RT eventually this season….perhaps pushing Giacomini into the RG spot and making the entire line better.

    Giacomini is a great run blocker, but simply is not quick enough to be and effective pass blocker from the RT position. I got tired of seeing Wilson get immediate pressure in his face and have to scramble for his life for much of last season.

  14. I don’t think Bowie is going to take Giacomini’s job at RT. Bowie looks good, but probably is a practice-squad guy since he hasn’t had great coaching yet.

    I’m looking for Paul McQuistan to take Giacomini’s RT spot. McQuistan was excellent at LT when Okung was hurt. And now coaches want James Carpenter starting at LG if all goes as planned. That puts McQuistan out of a job, and Tom Cable loves McQ. Cable will insert McQ where ever he can use him, and I think that will put him in competition with Giac at RT. McQuistan is naturally stronger and more fundamentally sound than Giacomini, and has longer arms. I want him as our starting RT.

    My ideal O line on opening day would be Okung-Carp-Unger-Sweez-McQuistan.
    with backups – Moffitt, JeanPierre, Giacomini. That’s great depth.

  15. Mr Williams: Whatever happened to TE Cameron Morrah?

  16. raymaines says:

    I think you guys are underestimating #68

  17. wabubba67 says:

    Ray—I love Giacomini as a guard, despise him as a tackle.

    Stevos—Regarding the coaching Bowie has received, he did spend his first three years at Oklahoma State before transferring to a much smaller college due to disciplinary reasons. It’s not like he spent all of his college career away from the bright lights and high pressure.

  18. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I’m pulling for him, however I wouldn’t be surprised to see Moffitt off this team in a year or two.
    Cable likes tough guys, and moffitt is good,(not great) as a run blocker. Horrible as a pass protector. He really needs to step his game up and be serious about conditioning if he wants to be here for a long time imo.

  19. yankinta says:

    I would like us to keep the following Roster:

    QB = 2
    RB = 6
    WR = 5
    TE = 3
    OL = 10
    DL = 8
    LB = 6
    CB = 6
    S = 4
    ST = 3

  20. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I would like us to keep the following Roster:

    QB = 2
    RB = 5
    WR = 6
    TE = 2
    OL = 10
    DL = 10
    LB = 5
    CB = 6
    S = 4
    ST = 3

  21. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Reason for only two TEs is that harper can be a hybrid WR/TE.

  22. I think Bowie vs. Breno is an interesting battle. Can Bowie get better fast enough to take the starting job? Maybe. I think everyone was surprised when Sweezy started over Moffit in game #1 last year.

  23. SandpointHawk says:

    Klm008 ~ Cameron Morrah is a free agent. The Seahawks waived/injured Morrah on August 26, 2012 then placed him on IR. On April 18, 2013 Morrah signed with the San Francisco 49ers on a one-year deal. He was released on June 13, 2013.

  24. I don’t recall reading anything that says Harper has ever played TE. Having him play TE #3 over Wilson (or McGrath) would qualify as a huge surprise.

  25. yankinta says:

    GeorgiaHawk, I think you’re counting Bruce Irvin as a DL instead of LB. Pete said they will use Irvin as SAM,, so that’s why I counted him as a LB.

    Which is your 6th WR and you’d let go of our future Full Back??

    Which TE would you let go? McGrath?? I heard he’s been playing very well. We are definitely keeping Luke Willson, that’s our steal of the draft this year…

  26. I think this year we keep 7 CB’s (Browner, Sherman, Winfield, Thurmond, Lane, Maxwell and Tharold) and only 4 safeties. We know that Thomas and Chancellor will be kept, but who the other two safeties might be is interesting. If Tharold can’t practice at the start of training camp, I won’t be surprised if he ends up on the PUP and we keep 5 safeties.

  27. I don’t know if I would say Heath Farwell is a lock this year. He is a demon on specials, but I am not certain he offers enough to guarantee a spot.

  28. Irvin won’t count on the roster for the first 4 weeks….. and Clem may start on the PUP. That will save one or two roster spots.

  29. Oline – there is so much versatility in this group, this is the year to keep 9 instead of 10. Okung, Carpenter, Unger, Sweezy, Giacomini, McQuistan, Moffit, Jeanpierre and Bowie would be my guess.

  30. GeorgiaHawk says:

    yankinta- You’re right, I’m counting Irvin as a D-lineman, however I understand how players are more interchangeable in Carroll’s system.

    Bates would be my 6th WR, and I don’t think we need to let go of our future fullback if we keep 5 total RBs. 3-RBs, 2-FBs.

    I wouldn’t let go of McGrath if we could put him on the practice squad.

    I think Miller and Willson will do fine with McGrath on the PS, and Harper/Bates as a potential Hybrid WR/TE.

  31. We kept 2 QBs last season because Mike Rob could play the emergency 3rd. Isn’t Spencer like 20 lbs lighter than Mike Rob? I don’t wanna see Spencer poached off the PS, but unless they keep 3 QBs or there’s another emergency QB (Spencer?) I can’t see losing Mike Rob(?)

  32. I think the fifth WR spot is b/w Kearse and Harper. Bates just doesnt have the skills yet, and Kearse can run routes and is plenty fast enough. And we could possibly keep 6 WR and so keep both Harper and Kearse. I dont see any way we keep less than 3 TE’s. And yeah, I think Seattle tries to stash Ware on the PS this year unless he just tears it up in camp/preseason. Mike Rob is too good to cut this year, and Ware wont be ready to start.

    Farwell, as I have said previously, is a long-shot to make the team as he’s really only a ST player.

    And as Ive been saying all off-season, we are gonna lose some guys we’d love to put on the PS to Jax, the Jets, KC, Raiders, etc. Especially our secondary guys.

  33. yankinta says:

    GeorgiaHawk, You’re right, I miscounted my RB’s…. yes, agreed with 5 RBs. But I’d prefer to keep 3rd TE than Bates, or 7 CB’s than Bates…. wanna keep both Simon and Maxwell if possible.

  34. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Kearse-needs to go! He hasn’t proved to be a reliable pass catcher yet.
    In College or the Pros, so why do we want to continue this experiment when we have stud WRs like Harper and Bates to experiment with.

  35. GeorgiaHawk says:

    yankinta- I would love to keep 7 corners, however We have a few WRs with past injury issues.
    Unfortunately we will see a few injuries in training camp that will change the numbers.

  36. yankinta says:

    GeorgiaHawk, now that Eric Wright deal fell through and Carlos Rogers getting really expensive,, there’s a good chance they will claim Maxwell, if we let him go.

    Yeah, two things about training camp we should be aware of are, unexpected injuries and someone unexpected breaking out and shining in the moment….

  37. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Yeah,
    No doubt there will be teams picking up our players that don’t make this team, I just hope that our FO can find a way to possibly trade those players for something before they let them go.

  38. klm – that HGH study will be very interesting if it gets approved by the union. No way the union will allow players names to be tagged to those samples, and no way will they allow discipline. My guess is that the results of the study will never see the light of day because the NFL will learn that many, maybe most, pro players have used HGH, and they will back away quietly from the issue.

  39. I wouldn’t fret too much about our competition picking up players we cut. Good riddance to anyone who can’t make the 53 man roster. Sometimes we pay a little too much attention to those guys on the margins. I’ll feel fine if we see the 49ers bench stocked with players who are not good enough to be Seahawks.

    But before we count our chickens, er seahawks, before they hatch…

    Training camp and preseason injuries will change the outlook for quite a few of these players. It always happens. There will be very few healthy quality players getting cut from the 53 man roster of even the very best teams. We will be short of a healthy players somewhere.

    Right now I’m a little concerned about depth at the TE position.

  40. Yankinta–I dont think we really have to worry about the Niners stealing Maxwell–or any of our secondary that we waive. Why? Because Teams waiver claims are in inverse order of last seasons Win/Loss record, which means the Niners would have to get in line behind 30 other teams, and there is no way any of our young DB’s last past the Raiders, KC, Jax or the Jets.

    Georgia–Bates has shown far less than Kearse. Kearse actually got open downfield in preseason and in regular season, and caught the ball. While he did have a drop or two, he did pretty well with limited opportunities. Bates has one nice grab on the sidelines, and a drop or two himself–in preseason: he hasnt shown enough to get onfield in a regular season game.

    Kearse is faster than people think, and runs good routes. And hopefully his laser eye surgery will stop the occasional drop he was known for at UW.

    Whatever. I want the best guy to win. So far, Kearse is way ahead of the other young guys. Im hoping Harper does well though. I hate wasting picks on guys that just dont get it.

    By the way, anyone see Durhams one-handed catch from Stafford last year?! It made the top 100 plays of the year…too bad he never showed much here…

  41. I think people are overlooking Stephen Williams. Didn’t Schneider exclaim something like “We got out guy” when they picked him up in the offseason?

    I met Jermaine & Phil when they were down here for RWs offseason workouts. Rice, DB, Kearse & Phil were all working out together.
    Cool guys. I wish them luck. I would lean towards Kearse to make the squad tho… How many games did he suit up for? Could he be available for the Practice Squad?

  42. Eric, Have you talked with Stephen? Where do you think he fits in?

  43. hawkfaninoklahoma says:

    QB-2
    RB-5
    WR-6
    TE-3
    OL-9
    DL-8
    LB-6
    CB-6
    S-4
    SP-3
    that is 52 with clem on PUP and BI out till week 5 making 54
    so one to let go week clem comes back. i am all for saving clem for last 8 games and playoffs.team can probably stash a few OL on PS.

  44. OregonHawk says:

    according to one of the article’s I recently read (too lazy to find out which one), they claimed that Kearse was ahead because he was at UW and they ran an NFL offense, had a mobile QB (similar to Wilson), knew what routes to run and where

  45. GeorgiaHawk says:

    STTBM – I don’t want WRs on this team that can’t catch the ball consistently. Curse never has caught the ball consistently at the College level or pro level.
    As a husky fan I can’t remember how many times I cursed at his dropped balls.
    Kearse just gives me bad flashbacks to the days Hasselbeck had the worst group of WRs in the NFL with dropped balls.

  46. Every year some of us underestimate the power of ST on making the roster. There is almost always 1 guy and sometimes 2 guys who make the team purely for special teams. It is a very valuable part of the team and the game.

    I think Heath Farwell has a VERY good chance of making the team, as does Kearse IMO, strickly because they are regarded as good ST guys.

    I think the DB – WR – LB back-up positions are going to have a big impact on ST and how many/who makes this roster.

    Time will tell!! Love looking at this – it will be interesting to look at this again right after PS game 2 and see how much our opinions have changed

  47. Also, I don’t see Ware getting picked up right away by another team – he is a late round pick and a FB type player. not guys that team jump to claim.

    Now – if he just plays GREAT then maybe the feel they can keep him and let some salary go in MRob – but who knows, Let’s play the game

  48. bbnate420 says:

    Good call, xcman. It was Obo last year that many people were sure was gone. ST matter people. I think Farwell has a very good chance of making the roster. Also, I don’t think any of those other guys has played MLB much, though they may slide K.J. over if they lost Wagner.

    Georgia, I know you love Bates, but he has proven much less than Kearse. Kearse beat him out and actually caught passes in regular season games in 2012. It will be interesting to see what impact the LASIK has on his play. I had LASIK a little over a year ago and now have 20/15 vision. Regardless, let the best man win. I think Harper will take the 5th spot.

    I can’t imagine why the Hawks would place Clemons on the modified IR? It makes no sense to me. They can PUP him and not have to put him on the 53 to start the season. And he wouldn’t have to be on the active roster until at least week 12 if he goes on the PUP. The Hawks will be able to stash 1-2 young players with Irvin and possibly Clemons not being on the 53 to start the season.

    My 53 to start 2013:

    QB: 2
    RB: 5
    WR: 6
    TE: 3
    OL: 10
    DL: 8
    LB: 6
    CB: 6
    S: 4
    ST: 3

    You put one of the RBs or WRs on the PS when Irvin becomes eligible week 5. He can play either LB or DL if needed. I’d like to see Guy step up and take the backup SS spot from Johnson.

  49. bbnate420 says:

    I could also see keeping another DL or DB if there are more impressive players there than at WR and RB. I think Ware would probably make it to the PS if he doesn’t flash in preseason. FB isn’t highly valued anymore, though someone may want him as a power RB.

  50. Aug 27 – after the 3rd preseason game – teams cut down to 75, then Aug 31 – after the 4th preseason game – to 53. Per Mr Williams numbers that’s a cut of 14 (except subtract 2 for BI for 4 weeks & CC if PUP’d for 6), then another 22 of those players he’s named. 34 players total (unless they acquire any players cast off from other teams). Best case scenario assumes we don’t lose top 53 players to preseason injury. PC/JS are good hearted so they’ll probably try to cut our best waived vet players first so they have the best chance of landing on another team (assuming also they can’t be on our PS.) Following are wild guesses (of course) of cuts:

    First dozen cuts:
    QB: Brady Quinn
    RB: Derrick Coleman
    WR: Justin Veltung, Arceto Clark
    TE: Darren Fells, Victor Marshall
    OL: Rishaw Johnson, Ryan Seymour
    DL: Tony McDaniel, Jaye Howard
    LB: Allen Bradford
    CB: Will Blackmon

    Second group (22):
    RB: Spencer Ware*
    WR: Bryan Walters*, Phil Bates*, Stephen Williams*, Brett Swain, Greg Herd
    TE: Cooper Helfet*
    OL: Jared Smith, Alvin Bailey, Jake Bscherer
    DL: Benson Mayowa, Kenneth Boatright
    LB: Kyle Knox, John Lotulelei, Craig Wilkins
    CB: DeShawn Shead, Byron Maxwell, Ron Parker
    S: Winston Guy*, Ray Polk
    ST: Carson Wiggs, Kyle Nelson

    Then, when BI & CC come back: Ty Powell*, Michael Brooks*

    * = Practice Squad.

    I really hate the thought of losing many of these players, the others I don’t know enough about to know how much I’d hate seeing them go. Let’s hope these guys at least force the others to play better than they ever have before.

  51. bbnate420 says:

    I doubt Tony McDaniel is one of the first cuts, but it looks pretty good otherwise.

  52. Nice thoughts KLM – for some reason I keep thinking PS is 5 not 6. Oh well.

    Every time I look at the DL – I think gifferently how they might go -time will tell, but I do think the versatile a guy is along either line the better chance he has of sticking around. My feeling is that the twins like unique guys for certain positions (Earl, RW, BI, SHerm, browner) and guys who can do more than one position as back ups- McQ, Wright, etc.

    Just some thoughts

  53. yankinta says:

    STTBM,, I understand that. I was just saying even if those others teams do not claim Maxwell, 49ers certainly will…….. I just hope we keep him long enough to make sure Walter T. can stay healthy for an entire season….

  54. bbnate420 says:

    They can have 8 players on the PS.

    Yanker, I think at least Lane is ahead of Maxwell too. I also think Simon has a good shot of overtaking him if he can get healthy. Maxwell has had injury issues as well, though not as many as Thurmond.

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