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Roster Analysis

Post by Eric Williams on June 21, 2009 at 11:18 am with No Comments »
June 21, 2009 11:18 am

Happy Father’s Day. With offseason workouts completed and a little over a month until training camp begins, I decided this would be a good time to take another look at the roster. You can view the Seahawks depth chart here. As always, let me know what you think in the comments section.



Quarterback

Number kept last season: Three

Currently on roster: Four

Average number kept since 2002: Three

Locks: Matt Hasselbeck, Seneca Wallace

In the hunt: Mike Teel, Jeff Rowe

Comment – Hasselbeck has looked solid during the offseason and stayed healthy. Wallace is a capable backup, and could get on the field in situations like the Wildcat offense to use his play-making ability. There’s still a battle at the third quarterback spot between Mike Teel and Jeff Rowe. I would give the edge to Teel right now heading into training camp. If Hasselbeck stays healthy quarterback remains a plus for Seattle.


Running back

Number kept last season: Six

Currently on roster: Eight.

Average number kept since 2002: 5.5

Locks: T.J. Duckett, Julius Jones, Justin Forsett, Owen Schmitt, Justin Griffith.

In the hunt: Devin Moore, David Kirtman

Longer odds: Dan Curran

Comment – Both head coach Jim Mora and offensive coordinator Greg Knapp believe the team has enough depth at running back on the roster right now. Jones will be counted on to be the main ball carrier, while Duckett and Forsett will play complimentary roles. Schmitt and Griffith will compete for the starting fullback spot. Griffith has experience on his side, having played in Knapp’s offense in both Atlanta and Oakland. But Schmitt seemed to be picking up the scheme quickly during camp and certainly has the physical tools to excel at the position. Moore, a guy with good speed through the hole, is likely headed for the practice squad.


Wide receiver

Number kept last season: Six

Currently on roster: 11

Average number kept since 2002: Six

Locks: T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Deion Branch, Nate Burleson, Deon Butler.

In the hunt: Ben Obomanu, Billy McMullen, Jordan Kent, Courtney Taylor,

On the bubble: Logan Payne, Mike Haas, Michael Bumpus.

Comment – This should be one of the most competitive position battles for Seattle during training camp, and should emerge as a strength for the Hawks. Houshmandzadeh has picked up the offense well, and developed some chemistry with Hasselbeck. Burleson and Branch seem to be coming along from rehabbing their respective knee injuries. Deon Butler has shown glimpses of becoming a playmaker. The real fight for a roster spot will occur for those last two spots, as Seattle is likely to keep only six receivers. I give Obomanu and McMullen the nod for right now. Obomanu is a complete receiver who does everything competently and also can return punts. McMullen has done a nice job catching the ball and gives Seattle a big target in the red zone. But Kent, Taylor and Payne are right on their tails. And all Haas has done is find ways to get open and make plays when the ball has been thrown to him during offseason workouts. Don’t count out the Oregon State product.


Tight end

Number kept last season: Three

Currently on roster: Five

Average number kept since 2002: Three

Locks: John Carlson, John Owens

On the bubble: Cameron Morrah, Joe Newton

Longer odds: John Tereshinksi

Comment – Heading into his second season, Carlson should be productive again this year, with the Seahawks likely moving him around the field, including splitting him out wide, to get better matchups. Owens could see the field a lot with Seattle using more two tight end sets, and Morrah could be a nice addition as a third tight end who can stretch the middle of the field. Newton is improving, but might be on the outside looking in when it comes to final roster cuts. Tereshinski is likely headed to the practice squad.


Offensive line

Number kept last season: Nine

Currently on roster: 14

Average number kept since 2002: 9

Locks: Walter Jones, Mike Wahle, Sean Locklear Chris Spencer, Ray Willis, Rob Sims, Max Unger.

In the hunt: Mansfield Wrotto, Kyle Williams, Steve Vallos, Na’Shan Goddard

Longer odds: William Robinson, Andre Ramsey, David Washington.

Comment – If Jones and Wahle return healthy, the Hawks have enough depth here. If they do not, then the Hawks could have some problems, both running the ball and in pass protection. Also, Spencer and Sims must stay healthy. Unger is coming along with the second unit, but still needs to adjust to the more physical play at this level.


Defensive line

Number kept last season: Nine

Currently on roster: 13

Average number kept since 2002: 9

Locks: Darryl Tapp, Brandon Mebane, Patrick Kerney, Lawrence Jackson, Red Bryant, Colin Cole, Cory Redding.

In the hunt: Baraka Atkins, Craig Terrill,

Longer odds: Kevin Brown, Brandon Miller, Nick Reed, Michael Bennett,

Comment – Although they haven’t practiced yet in pads, Mebane appears to have made a nice transition to the 3-technique role. Mora has made glowing comments on the progress of defensive ends Jackson and Tapp. If both continue to show improvement, and Patrick Kerney can come back healthy, this unit should be much better in 2009. Mebane also has been complimentary of new teammate Cole’s play inside. And Bryant has been a disruptive force in camp during offseason workouts.


Linebackers

Number kept last season: Six

Currently on roster: Nine

Average number kept since 2002: 6.6

Locks: Lofa Tatupu, Leroy Hill, Will Herring, Aaron Curry, D.D. Lewis

In the hunt: David Hawthorne, Lance Laury,

Longer odds: Dave Philistin, Tony Taylor

Comment – So far Curry has proved to be the real deal, pleasantly surprising the Seahawks coaching staff with his ability to rush the passer. Curry’s presence in the starting lineup adds versatility to the linebackers’ unit. Once he returns to the field, Lewis will continue to offer versatility by being able to play all three positions. Hawthorne is a solid backup for Tatupu, while Herring has potential to contribute.


Cornerbacks

Number kept last season: Four

Currently on roster: Seven

Average number kept since 2002: 4.5

Locks: Marcus Trufant, Ken Lucas, Josh Wilson, Jordan Babineaux

In the hunt: Kelly Jennings, Kevin Hobbs

Longer odds: Marquis Floyd

Comment – Bringing Lucas back gives Seattle more experience, depth and size at the cornerback position. Wilson has responded to having his spot taken away with a good offseason. Jennings, still rehabbing from a shoulder injury, will have to battle to get back into the rotation. Babineaux adds versatility, and will play both safety and corner. Hobbs and Floyd both have had their moments during OTAs. Defensive backs coach Tim Lewis says this is the most talent he’s had at the defensive backs position as a coach in the league.


Safeties

Number kept last season: Four

Currently on roster: Five

Average number kept since 2002: Four

Locks: Deon Grant, Brian Russell

In the hunt: C.J. Wallace, Jamar Adams, Courtney Greene

Comment – Grant and Russell will once again serve as the eyes and ears of the defense from the back. Expect less situations where Russell is left alone in single safety coverage over the middle. However, head coach Jim Mora still likes to pressure, so defensively Seattle will pick their spots to blitz. Wallace, Adams and Greene have seen time at both safety positions.


Specialists

Specialists kept last season: Three

Currently on roster: Five

Average number kept since 2002: Three

Locks: (P) Jon Ryan

In the hunt: (K) Olindo Mare, (K)Brandon Coutu, (LS) Bryan Pittman

Longer odds: (LS)Ryan Senser

Comment – Pittman gives the Hawks some experience at long snapper, and likely is the favorite to win that position. Mare and Coutu will once-again battle for kicking duties, with Mare reportedly looking for a contract extension. Seattle seems content with Ryan at punter for right now, but he might have some competition coming training camp.

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