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A Position-By-Position Look At The Seahawks' Initial 2020 53-Man Roster

Taking a look at who made the initial 53-man roster following Saturday’s roster cuts.


The Seahawks set their initial 53-man roster on Saturday, and the important word to remember here is initial. The roster can and almost certainly will change over the next few days. Last year, for example, the Seahawks released Geno Smith, Jaron Brown and Nick Bellore then re-signed all three over the next two days. So keeping that in mind, here is a position-by-position look at the initial 53-man roster following Saturday's roster cuts.

Quarterback (2): Russell Wilson, Geno Smith

No surprise at this spot, as Smith was clearly the No. 2 behind Wilson, outperforming Anthony Gordon and Danny Etling with a very strong camp. The Seahawks figure to have at least one quarterback on their practice squad, so Gordon and/or Etling could be back.

Running back (4): Chris Carson, DeeJay Dallas, Travis Homer, Carlos Hyde

With Rashaad Penny opening the year on the physically unable to perform list, this was a pretty easy position group to forecast other than the decision of whether or not to keep fullback Nick Bellore, who last year was one of Seattle's top special team players. Carson will lead the way in this group, but Hyde, Dallas and Homer all had very strong camps and showed the Seahawks have great depth here even with Penny sidelined. With practice squads being expanded this year, including spots for vested veterans, Bellore could stick around on the practice squad if he isn't signed elsewhere.

Receiver (6): Tyler Lockett, DK Metcalf, Phillip Dorsett II, David Moore, Freddie Swain, John Ursua

Lockett and Metcalf are the clear-cut starters, but the competition will be ongoing for the No. 3 job. Moore, Swain and Ursua are also all candidate to have roles in the return game. Josh Gordon, who re-signed with Seattle earlier in the week, remains suspended indefinitely as of Saturday afternoon.

Tight end (4): Greg Olsen, Will Dissly, Jacob Hollister, Luke Willson

Another deep position where some tough decisions had to be made. Rookie Colby Parkinson starts the year on the non-football injury list, while fellow 2020 draft pick Stephen Sullivan is a strong candidate to come back on the practice squad if he clears waivers, as is undrafted rookie Tyler Mabry.

Offensive line (10): Duane Brown, Mike Iupati, Ethan Pocic, Damien Lewis, Brandon Shell, B.J. Finney, Phil Haynes, Jordan Simmons, Jamarco Jones, Cedric Ogbuehi

There's still some uncertainty about center, though Pocic looks to be the leading candidate for the job, but otherwise the starting group seems pretty set. Finny offers good versatility at all three interior spots, while Haynes and Simmons will continue to compete to push the starters at guard. Jones has starting experience at guard at tackle, while Ogbuehi is potentially the top backup at both tackle spots.

Defensive line (8): L.J. Collier, Rasheem Green, Benson Mayowa, Damontre Moore, Alton Robinson, Poona Ford, Bryan Mone, Jarran Reed

The Seahawks go with just three defensive tackles for now—Reed, Ford and Mone—but several of the defensive ends can play inside, particularly in passing situation. Second-round pick Darrell Taylor opens the year on the non-football injury list, so he'll miss at least six weeks, but on a positive note, fifth-round pick Robinson had a very strong camp and looks like a player who could contribute to the rotation right away. In addition to the players listed above, linebacker Bruce Irvin will also be a big part of the edge-rush group.

Linebacker (6): Bobby Wagner, K.J. Wright, Bruce Irvin, Cody Barton, Jordyn Brooks, Ben Burr-Kirven

Waiving fan favorite Shaquem Griffin had to be one of the toughest decisions the front office had to make Saturday, but the depth at this position meant a good player was going to have to get cut unless the Seahawks were going to keep seven linebackers. If Griffin goes unclaimed off waivers, he would seem like a lock to come back on the practice squad.

Cornerback (5): Shaquill Griffin, Tre Flowers, Quinton Dunbar, Neiko Thorpe, Linden Stephens

Griffin, Flowers and Dunbar were all but certain to make the team, while Thorpe provides both quality depth and strong special team play and leadership—he was Seattle's captain on special teams last year. Stephens' inclusion on the roster might surprise some, but he impressed with a strong training camp after spending part of last season on Seattle's practice squad.

Safety (5): Jamal Adams, Quandre Diggs, Marquise Blair, Ugo Amadi, Lano Hill

Five safeties might seem like a lot, but two of those, Blair and Amadi, also play the nickel spot that's usually held by a cornerback. Adams and Diggs give the Seahawks a very talented starting duo, while Blair and Hill both have starting experience behind those two.

Specialists (3): P Michael Dickson, K Jason Myers, LS Tyler Ott

No surprise here seeing as those three were the only players at their respective positions throughout camp.

The Seahawks trimmed their roster to 53 on Saturday in preparation for the start of the 2020 regular season. Here's a numerical look at the roster as it stands today.

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