The Seahawks went with potential, and also familiarity, in signing seven players to their practice squad.
The release-and-return move with Portis is shrewd. Waiving him opened a roster spot for an extra position player, but he’ll still be around to continue developing his raw, but obvious, skills by getting some reps quarterbacking the scout team that works against the Seahawks’ defense in practice. Last year, Portis made the 53-man roster as a rookie free agent, but was inactive for 15 games.
When training camp opened, it appeared Portis might be the odd-man-out as incumbent starter Tarvaris Jackson, free-agent acquisition
Lockette is the fastest player in the locker room, but also needs time to develop his skills. He spent the first 13 games last season on the practice squad before being signed to the active roster for the final three games – when he had 61- and 44-yard receptions. But with the additions of
Lockette beat the club to the announcement of his return by tweeting, “God Bless America & God Bless the Seattle Seahawks (Cortez Kennedy) headed to the VMCA to confirm I’ll stay!!!!!” That, of course, is a reference to the closing line from Kennedy’s speech last month when the former Seahawks defensive tackle was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Toomer, a fourth-round pick in April’s NFL Draft, was the only member of the Seahawks’ 10-player class who didn’t make the 53-man roster. But the team likes his skillset as a linebacker and also ability to help on special teams.
McGrath, a rookie free agent, was up against as far as winning a spot on the 53-man roster because of the trade the club made with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in May to acquire Kellen Wilson – who was then released on Saturday – and the emergence during training camp of
Johnson, another rookie free agent, caught coach Pete Carroll’s eye early and the guard from California University (Pa.) got some work on the right side with the No. 1 line. That was while incumbent starter
Bradford finished last season on the Seahawks’ practice squad. A former running back, he has made the transition to linebacker. He had a team-high five tackles in Friday night’s victory over the Raiders to close out their unbeaten preseason.
Shead is a rookie free agent from Portland State. He had two tackles against the Raiders.