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Category: Roster Analysis

Aug.
31st

Official: First look at 2013 Hawks 53-man roster

Seattle Seahawks defensive end Chris Clemons (91) participates during NFL football practice, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, in Renton, Wash. The Seahawks are scheduled to face the Washington Redskins Sunday in an NFC wild card playoff game. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Seattle Seahawks defensive end Chris Clemons (91) participates during NFL football practice, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, in Renton, Wash. The Seahawks are scheduled to face the Washington Redskins Sunday in an NFC wild card playoff game. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Here are a couple main storylines gleaned from the Seattle Seahawks announcement that the team has made cuts to get down to the 53-man roster.

Having leading sack man Chris Clemons begin the year on the active roster is big news, particularly with all of the nagging injuries on the defensive line heading into a Week 1 contest at Carolina.

Instead of being released and once again hitting the free agency market, 36-year-old cornerback Antoine Winfield chose to retire.

With the impressive play of Walter Thurmond during the preseason, along with quality depth at the position like Jeremy Lane and Byron Maxwell, the Seahawks could afford to part ways with Winfield.

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Aug.
4th

First look at Seahawks’ depth chart

In anticipation of Seattle’s first exhibition game at San Diego on Thursday, the Seahawks released the team’s first depth chart of training camp, which you can check out here, or in the last page of the game notes below.

First off, don’t read too much into where guys are listed on the depth this early in training camp. Things can change quickly, and the depth chart basically serves as a starting point to begin the preseason. There will be a lot of juggling by the time the final roster is set in a month.

Still, I wanted to highlight a couple things that caught my attention.

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July
22nd

Roster Analysis

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.

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April
29th

Roster analysis

Good morning. With the draft and free agency pretty much over, I thought this would be a good time to take a second look at the Seattle Seahawks’ roster.

By my count, the Seahawks have filled the 90-man roster heading into OTA’s and training camp. Seattle will host a rookie minicamp on May 10-12.

UPDATE: The Seahawks actually have 91 players on the roster, but they can carry over the 90-man limit because none of the draft picks have signed contracts yet.

Head coach Pete Carroll will have some tough decisions to make come September, particularly at cornerback, receiver,

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Feb.
12th

Roster analysis

With a little over a week before this year’s NFL Scouting Combine, I thought we should take our first look at the Seattle Seahawks 2013 roster.

Seattle head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider are in good shape, with 61 players under contract, including 20 of 22 starters.

Unrestricted free agents include linebacker Leroy Hill, cornerback Marcus Trufant, defensive tackle Alan Branch, defensive end Jason Jones, offensive lineman Frank Omiyale, tight end Cameron Morrah, defensive end Patrick Chukurah and kickers Steven Hauschka and Ryan Longwell.

Projected restricted free agents for Seattle in 2013 include defensive tackle Clinton McDonald, long snapper Clint Gresham, receiver Deon Butler and safety Chris Maragos.

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Feb.
4th

The 5 spot: Seahawks in focus

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Flynn (15) passes against the Arizona Cardinals during the second half of an NFL football game in Seattle, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Flynn (15) passes against the Arizona Cardinals during the second half of an NFL football game in Seattle, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)

We usually reserve this weekly feature during the regular season for a closer look at the Seattle Seahawks upcoming opponent. But the next meaningful game Seattle plays isn’t until September, so instead I’ll delve into some of the most pressing issues the Seahawks need to address during the offseason.

But I’d like to take on one MINOR issue right off the top. If you’ve been listening to a steady diet of local sports talk radio, as I have the past few weeks, you might be convinced that what Seattle will do with reserve quarterback Matt Flynn is at the top of the to-do list during the offseason for general manager John Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll.

But it is not.

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Nov.
27th

Are young corners ready for prime time?


Seattle Seahawks' Jeremy Lane (1) returns an interception against the Oakland Raiders in the first half of a preseason NFL football game, Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Kevin P. Casey)

The motto for NFL teams when a starter goes down due to injury or suspension is next man up.

And that will certainly be the case if the Seattle Seahawks lose both starting corners to four-game suspensions, and Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman do not get a positive result in their appeal process due to the violation of the league’s performance-enhancing substance policy.

But one thing that Seattle’s personnel department has done a good job of is identifying athletes that fit Pete Carroll’s prototype for the type of athlete he wants to play cornerback in his press coverage scheme –long-armed, lanky guys who can run and are physical.

No one expected Browner and Sherman to emerge as two of the best corners in the league when they arrived at Seattle’s training camp two years ago. Soon, these other raw-but-athletic backups could get a chance to show what they can do. So let’s take a closer look at them.

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