Coaching camp kicks off for the Seattle Seahawks in simply over per week. As per standard, Pete Carroll has loads of new items to determine, courtesy of GM John Schneider. Among the new arrivals must be key contributors instantly, whereas a number of important departures imply a well-recognized face may emerge as a professional mainstay.
Over the following few weeks we’ll be trying on the potential influence of the gamers on the 2021 roster*. In some circumstances the place the roster battle itself is just too near name, the place as a complete would possibly land a spot on this record. However once more, this collection hopes to mirror the influence these gamers could have on the success of the workforce, which is why in lots of circumstances it’s not merely so as of particular person expertise.
*Some could also be shocked to search out that this record, dealing solely with how a lot every participant issues, will certainly comprise working backs.
At present takes us from 53 by means of 46, in order that future items can use regular numbers like 45 and 35.
53. Geno Smith, quarterback (or whoever wins the QB2 job)
If issues go the best way they’ve – and will – for the previous decade, that is the place Geno Smith sadly will discover himself. During the last two seasons, Smith has performed 18 snaps. That is merely a obligatory roster spot precaution behind one of the sturdy to ever play the place in Russell Wilson. If QB2 is right here, it’s good for Seattle.
52. Tyler Ott, lengthy snapper
I promise issues will get extra attention-grabbing after this. Severely, thanks for being right here.
51. Stone Forsythe, offensive deal with
Going to take a stab right here that Forsythe even makes the roster. He’s received a much better shot than many sixth-round picks, as he’s touted as a draft steal this yr. Many projections have been fourth round for him, and it’s implausible that the Seahawks have been capable of get a expertise like that exterior the fourth spherical so he can keep away from being cursed.
It’s a doubtlessly stunning match for Forsythe’s timing, as Duane Brown will finally part out, leaving the following season of improvement large if anybody desires to struggle for the following job at left deal with. This yr, he in all probability gained’t play, however his presence is essential. And contemplating how typically backup linemen have seen sporadic but significant snaps on this workforce, some early expertise shouldn’t be out of the query.
50. Ben Burr-Kirven, linebacker
Don’t know what to do with BBK. It’s nonetheless bizarre that they took two linebackers in a yr that Ok.J. Wright and Bobby Wagner have been alive, adopted by one other yr and one other linebacker. From the bunch, Burr-Kirven is the least expert of the trio, and my cash is that he by no means actually sees the sector as a linebacker.
As a particular groups participant, Burr-Kirven is a unique participant solely. He and Cody Barton appear to be proper in anyone’s face on almost each kick. But when we needed to take one particular teams-only participant from this roster, there’s a couple of guys I’d hold over Burr-Kirven, together with Ugo Amadi.
49. Extensive Receiver quantity 5
This might be a battle that will dominate the August dialog, however means little or no to the workforce itself. Russell Wilson’s 2021 goal precedence will go:
- DK Metcalf
- Tyler Lockett
- Gerald Everett
- D’Wayne Eskridge and/or Will Dissly
- Will Dissly and/or D’Wayne Eskridge
- Chris Carson
- Freddie Swain
If the following slot doesn’t belong to Colby Parkinson for some unusual Shane Waldron motive, this would be the fifth receiver. In different phrases, very – very – few alternatives to contribute. Certain it’s going to be tremendous attention-grabbing, however they may doubtlessly hold each UDFA stars Tamorrion Terry and Cade Johnson, title one among them as WR5, and it’ll all in the end imply nothing*. It additionally may simply be Penny Hart.
* For an ideal instance of how futile this train actually is, I wrote the bolded sentence about 5 hours earlier than the Seahawks launched Tamorrion Terry. Anticipate one other coaching camp heartbreak this yr, however perhaps this implies it gained’t come at broad receiver.
48. Jordan Simmons, offensive line
Simmons has performed in way more video games than fourth-round decide Phil Haynes, touchdown him on the record (and doubtless roster) forward of Haynes. Carroll has often raved about Simmons’ potential and dimension.
Jordan Simmons is an intriguing backup in Seattle. Strikes rather well for six’4″ 340 and may be very highly effective and bodily. One of many depth items within the league that has flashed rather a lot when learning different guys. pic.twitter.com/dro1ROrAE4
— Brandon Thorn (@BrandonThornNFL) June 22, 2021
Simmons was re-signed to a one-year deal in March, and there’s good cash you’ll see him on the sector a while this season.
47. Rasheem Inexperienced, defensive finish
Inexperienced has very, little or no lifeless cap cash at this level, the ultimate yr of his rookie deal. He’s been a fairly disappointing third-round decide, and this yr could be even tougher to make the sector (or workforce).
However primarily what lands Inexperienced thus far down this record, is that I merely don’t see him doing a greater job than anyone forward of him. As of this second he nonetheless has an honest shot of creating the workforce, with the unknown of Aldon Smith and the rumors of Darrell Taylor taking part in SAM linebacker.
However who would he have extra influence than? There’s 5 defensive ends which have earned extra playtime than Inexperienced, together with a fifth-round rookie final yr, and that’s provided that Taylor doesn’t find yourself taking part in DE as nicely.
46. Damarious Randall (or Tre Brown) ((or Pierre Desir)), cornerbacks all three
One other couple of spring veteran signings trace at roster occupancy. Randall and Desir have been each signed in April, two weeks aside. And should you’ve forgotten since then, this was when the Seahawks went out of their method, prompted by completely nobody, to announce that Randall might be shifting from security to nook. Who cares? Properly we do, as a result of the Seattle cornerback room is query mark metropolis. I wouldn’t financial institution on anyone in there to be a lock for something, because the longest-tenured participant to this workforce is Tre Flowers. If Ahkello Witherspoon doesn’t present sufficient, the coaches should determine in the event that they’re sticking with Flowers or shifting down the record to belief in a rookie, a transformed security, or a 30 yr outdated.
Having little or no religion in anybody apart from D.J. Reed in the intervening time, I submit that one among these fellas could possibly be significant this season. On the very least I count on loads of dialog and quite a lot of game-time selections.
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Subsequent up, 45 – 36.