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A Position-By-Position Look At The Seahawks' Initial 2023 53-Man Roster

A position-by-position breakdown of the team’s initial roster following Tuesday’s moves to reach the 53-player limit.


The Seahawks made a series of roster moves on Tuesday in order to establish an initial 53-man roster. Things can and almost certainly will change between now and when the Seahawks open the season against the Rams on September 10, so this is far from a final roster. Keeping that disclaimer in mind, however, here is an initial look at the Seahawks' 53-man roster, which features 26 players on defense, 24 on offense and three specialists, and includes all 10 2023 draft picks making the team, and 20 first or second-year players.

Quarterback (2): Geno Smith, Drew Lock

Unlike last season when Geno Smith and Drew Lock were competing for the starting job, Smith came into this year's camp as the established starter coming off a Pro-Bowl season. Lock impressed in the preseason and the Seahawks are thrilled to have him as a backup.

The Seahawks will want a third quarterback on the practice squad, so undrafted rookie Holton Ahlers, who was waived Tuesday, very well could be back unless the Seahawks prefer another player who became available after being waived by another team.

Running Back (4): Kenneth Walker III, Zach Charbonnet, DeeJay Dallas, Kenny McIntosh

All four players seemed likely to end up on the roster from early in camp, and really the only question is whether or not McIntosh, who sprained his knee earlier in camp, is ready for the opener. No fullback is listed here, but veteran special teams standout Nick Bellore, who is listed below at linebacker, has experience at fullback as well. Undrafted rookie SaRodorick Thompson Jr. may have earned himself a practice squad spot with a solid preseason.

Receiver (6): Tyler Lockett, DK Metcalf, Jaxon Smith-Njigba, Jake Bobo, Dareke Young, Cody Thompson

Jake Bobo, an undrafted rookie out of UCLA, was a preseason standout who might have seemed unlikely to make the roster heading into camp, but over the past month he has shown he can help the offense. With Jaxon Smith-Njigba's Week 1 status uncertain due to a fractured wrist, Bobo could see significant playing time in his NFL debut. Thompson missed Saturday's preseason finale with a shoulder injury but his inclusion on the initial roster indicates he should be back soon. Young, a special teams standout as a rookie last year, has been battling an abductor injury that could require surgery, Pete Carroll said. If that ends up being the case, he could be a candidate to go on injured reserve, and since he is on the initial roster, he would be eligible to return after missing four games. Easop Winston Jr., a preseason standout, is one of several waived receivers who could potentially be back on the practice squad along with Cade Johnson and Matt Landers.

Tight End (3): Will Dissly, Noah Fant, Colby Parkinson

The same trio that gave the Seahawks one of the NFL's most productive tight end rooms a year ago are all back in 2023, so there were no surprises here. If he clears waivers, look for Tyler Mabry to come back to the practice squad, where he also spent most of last season.

Offensive Line (9): Charles Cross, Damien Lewis, Evan Brown, Phil Haynes, Abraham Lucas, Olu Oluwatimi, Anthony Bradford, Jake Curhan, Stone Forsythe

The starting five seems settled, though rookie Olu Oluwatimi will continue to push Evan Brown for the starting job. Oluwatimi is one of two rookie offensive linemen to make the team along with guard Anthony Bradford. Curhan and Forsythe give the Seahawks versatile depth at guard and tackle.

Defensive Line (6): Dre'Mont Jones, Jarran Reed, Mario Edwards Jr., Mike Morris, Myles Adams, Cameron Young

The Seahawks are expected to open the season with all three starting spots held by players signed in free agency: Dre'Mont Jones, Jarran Reed and Mario Edwards Jr. Rookies Young and Morris have both been sidelined by injuries, so depth could be a concern at this position heading into Week 1, though it's possible that future roster moves could address that. The Seahawks will also no doubt look to bring back some players on the practice squad who can provide D-line depth.

Linebacker (10): Bobby Wagner, Jordyn Brooks, Devin Bush, Jon Rhattigan, Nick Bellore, Uchenna Nwosu, Darrell Taylor, Boye Mafe, Derick Hall, Tyreke Smith

With Jordyn Brooks looking like he'll be back for the opener, the Seahawks kept Devin Bush and Jon Rhattigan for inside linebacker depth behind Bobby Wagner and Brooks. Nick Bellore can also play that spot, as well as fullback, but his main role on the team is as a special teams standout, and presumably once players vote next week, special teams captain. Seattle's outside linebacker group is a strong one that should give the Seahawks a deep rotation in order to keep players fresh. A couple of undrafted rookies, Levi Bell and Patrick O'Connell, could be practice squad candidates, as could veteran Ben Burr-Kirven, who is making his way back from a serious knee injury that caused him to miss the past two seasons.

Cornerback (6): Riq Woolen, Tre Brown, Michael Jackson, Devon Witherspoon, Coby Bryant, Artie Burns

One of the team's deepest and most competitive position groups features one definite starter, Riq Woolen at right corner, and a competition at left corner between Tre Brown and Michael Jackson, and when he's healthy, rookie Devon Witherspoon. Witherspoon could also open his rookie campaign in the nickel role, which is where he was playing with the starting defense prior to his injury. Witherspoon's injury, along with Coby Bryant playing safety, opened the door for Burns to move inside to nickel, and he played very well there in Saturday's preseason finale.

Safety (4): Quandre Diggs, Jamal Adams, Julian Love, Jerrick Reed II

Jamal Adams came off the PUP list last week but as Pete Carroll noted, they won't rush him back for Week 1 if he isn't ready. Even if Adams can't play right away, the Seahawks love the duo of Quandre Diggs and Julian Love, and while he's listed above as a cornerback, Coby Bryant played a lot of safety in camp and the preseason, so he provides quality depth at that spot along with Jerrick Reed II, a rookie out of New Mexico. Joey Blount and undrafted rookie Jonathan Sutherland were both strong candidates to earn roster spots before suffering injuries that led to them being waived/injured Tuesday. They both will revert to injured reserve if they clear waivers, so in order to play again this season they would need to be released with an injury settlement.

Specialists (3): P Michael Dickson, K Jason Myers, LS Chris Stoll

There was no mystery when it came to the specialists, as Michael Dickson, Jason Myers and Chris Stoll were there only players at their respective positions. Stoll, a rookie out of Penn State, is one of two undrafted free agents to make the team along with Bobo.

Take a look at the 53-man roster for the 2023 Seahawks.