Seattle Seahawks set 53-man roster; good enough for Super Bowl?


The Seattle Seahawks have set their 53 man roster and are ready to take on all comers as they are prepared to defend their 2014 NFC Title next week.

There weren’t a lot of surprises; as is normal for a team with a culture of winning.  But on behalf of the 12s, and Seattle Side Up, I welcome back many familiar faces as well as some new ones.

Quarterback (2):

  • Russell Wilson
  • Tarvaris Jackson

It looks like R.J Archer did not do enough to unseat an injured Tavaris Jackson from the #2 QB spot.  Look for WR B.J. Daniels to be used on trick plays and be the emergency #3 QB if needed.

Running back/fullback (5):

  • Marshawn Lynch
  • Thomas Rawls
  • Fred Jackson
  • Derrick Coleman
  • Will Tukuafu

With Christine Micheal gone and Robert Turbin on season-long inured reserve, Thomas Rawls, rookie from Central Michigan,  claims the #2 running back spot. Fred Jackson was brought in as a 3rd down back type and to fill out depth.

Derrick Coleman has come back for a 4th year at fullback.  Two-way player Will Tukuafu (Defensive Line and Fullback), adds depth and versatility.

Receiver (6):

  • Doug Baldwin
  • Jermaine Kearse
  • Tyler Lockett
  • Ricardo Lockette
  • Chris Matthews
  • BJ Daniels

A common theme among receivers is the versatility.  Rookie sensation Tyler Lockett looks to be the primary kick/punt returner.   Ricardo Lockette and Chris Matthews are gunners and kickoff coverage guys.  BJ Daniels can also play QB and return kicks,

Tight end (3):

  • Jimmy Graham
  • Luke Willson
  • Cooper Helfet

What was last year a weakness, is now a huge strength.  All-Pro Tight-end Graham joins the team.  Luke Willson is in a more natural spot as a backup and Cooper Helfet gives depth as a blocker.  It was tough to see Anthony McCoy cut, but his health issues caught up to him.

Offensive line (9):

  • Russell Okung
  • Justin Britt
  • Drew Nowak
  • JR Sweezy
  • Garry Gilliam
  • Alvin Bailey
  • Patrick Lewis
  • Mark Glowinski
  • Kristjan Sokoli

Time will tell if Tom Cable’s unorthodox style as well as smoke and mirrors works.

Nowak, Sweezy and Sokoli are all converted defensive linemen.  Each grade as B+/A- athletic talents, but have relatively little experience.  Sweezy has turned out to be a decent guard.  We will see if Nowak can overcome inexperience as the starting center.

Justin Britt, who struggles in pass blocking, was moved to left guard and seems to be thriving there.  Okung and Gilliam will man the tackle positions, Gillian will be looking to make the most of his chance, having beat out the competitors in preseason.

Patrick Lewis and Alvin Bailey  are veteran presences who can play multiple positions, while Glowinski and Sokoli are rookies with potential, expected to sit and learn from the bench.

Defensive line (9):

  • Michael Bennett
  • Cliff Avril
  • Brandon Mebane
  • Ahtyba Rubin
  • Frank Clark
  • Jordan Hill
  • Cassius Marsh
  • Demarcus Dobbs
  • David King

The sentimental favorite Jessie Williams did not make the cut; the cancer survivor gets a thumbs up in my book nonetheless.  Also missing was a T.Y. McGill, whom I thought did quite well in preseason.

While the starting lineup had never been in doubt, the athleticism of Frank Clark, Jordan Hill, and Cassius Marsh, makes one think that they would be starters on any other team in the NFL–I do not believe that is hyperbole when I state this

Demarcus Dobbs and David King round out the line with veteran/role player presence.

Linebacker (6):

  • Bobby Wagner
  • KJ Wright
  • Bruce Irvin
  • Kevin Pierre-Louis
  • Brock Coyle
  • Mike Morgan

The Hawks go into 2015 with the same lineup they had last year.  Like the defensive line, even the backups at linebacker would start for any other team in the NFL.  There were some hard working rookies such as Erik Pinkins, Tyrelle Adams, and Alex Singleton who made a push but got cut.  Each of these linebackers will find another team who would love to have them.

There was never any question about Wright, Wagner, or Irvin.  Coyle and Morgan are special teams experts.  And Pierre-Louis’ speed is unparalleled at the position.  This may be the team’s strongest position.

Defensive back (10):

  • Richard Sherman
  • Cary Williams
  • Earl Thomas
  • Dion Bailey
  • DeShawn Shead
  • Steven Terrell
  • Tye Smith
  • Marcus Burley
  • Tharold Simon
  • Kelcie McCray

Kam Chancellor’s hold out has thrown a monkey-wrench into things.  The starting strong safety position is up for grabs.  The Hawks failed to be impressed with any of the rookie safeties that they brought in, rather they kept Dion Bailey, DeShawn Shead, and traded for Kelcie McCray. Although Bailey will be the starter, expect a weekly fight by Shead and McCray for that starting position.

The one rookie who did impress, and earned his Legion of Boom stripes, was Tye Smith.  Smith outplayed veteran Will Blackmon; look for he and Marcus Burly to man the nickel and dime back positions.

Although Carey Williams is the primary right Corner-back, expect Tharold Simon to be used a lot there as well.

Specialists (3):

  • P Jon Ryan
  • K Steven Hauschka
  • LS Clint Gresham

Same as the last several years.  But hey if it works, do not fix it.

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Abraham DeWeese is an avid local sports fan and a “Man-About-Town” in the Seattle sports scene. He's a lifelong resident of the Seattle area, living in the beautiful Greenlake neighborhood.

1 thought on “Seattle Seahawks set 53-man roster; good enough for Super Bowl?

  1. Of course the big name not listed in the DB list is Kam Chancellor. I love Kam, and he is the man on the field. Off the field, I have to question his logic, wisdom, and even character concerning his hold out status regarding his current contract. After only one year in on his contract with three remaining and wanting to change the terms, seems greatly misguided. If he feels he got a raw deal, he is going about it the wrong way. He should man up, show some integrity, and realize he signed a contract and he needs to honor, and return to play. That is the correct thing to do. Kam should say to the Seahawks, that he made a mistake in accepting the contract originally, but request that they consider additional guarantees, but in return based on certain performances by Kam during the season. The Seahawks have repeatedly shown their generosity with their players, and they love Kam and want to keep him. But the hold out strategy is the wrong way to do it. The season starts Sunday, so it is now showdown time for Kam and he won’t win if he remains as a hold out, and start losing big money. As a fan, I believe Kam is a critical component for the team to make another Superbowl appearance. I would hate to see him traded, but he is putting the Seahawks in a no win situation.

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