The Seahawks made a series of roster moves Tuesday ahead of the deadline for teams to establish an initial 53-man roster.
As is always the case, it is worth remembering that the roster established on Tuesday is not final, and very likely will change in the coming days leading up to the season opener. With every team reducing their rosters on Tuesday, the Seahawks could claim players off waivers, leading to roster moves on Wednesday. Another possible move could involve placing a player on injured reserve in order to allow him to return during the season. League rules state that players placed on injured reserve prior to Tuesday's roster deadline are out for the season, while if a player were to be placed on injured reserve Wednesday after being on the initial 53-man roster, he would be eligible to return after missing four games.
The initial roster includes all 10 2023 draft picks, as well as two undrafted rookies, receiver Jake Bobo and long snapper Chris Stoll. There are also eight second-year players on the roster, meaning 20 of 53 players on the initial roster are in their first or second season. The roster has 26 players on defense, 24 on offense and three specialists, though that breakdown has special teams standout Nick Bellore listed at linebacker, and he also can play fullback.
In addition to the players who were waived or released, the Seahawks waived/injured three players: safety Joey Blount, who injured his shoulder in the preseason finale, linebacker Vi Jones, who has been sidelined for most of camp with a high-ankle sprain, and rookie safety Jonathan Sutherland, who has a calf injury. If those players clear waivers, they revert to Seattle's injured reserve list and would not be eligible to return this season, though players on injured reserve can be released with an injury settlement and signed at a later date determined by that settlement. Nose tackles Bryan Mone and Austin Faoliu, who opened camp on the physically unable to perform list, are on the reserve/PUP list, meaning they will have to miss at least four games before they can return.
Beginning Wednesday, teams can begin forming 16-player practice squads, and while the Seahawks very well could add players waived by other teams to their practice squad, the bulk of that 16-player group will be made of players waived Tuesday, as noted by Seahawks coach Pete Carroll following Saturday's preseason finale.
"As we get to this weekend, you think about it, OK, here comes the change in the roster and all of that," Carroll said Saturday. "Sixty-nine of these players are going to be with us, and that is a bunch of guys in this locker room right here that are going to stay with us. There will be some changes, there are always some, but the bulk of these guys are going to be with us, and I love that because these guys are connected and they know how we play, what we expect, how we prepare, how we talk about our challenges and all of that. And that's only going to make us better as we go through the start of the season coming up… I feel really good where we are right now. We've had a great camp."
"I would love to keep this group, I would love this group to be together. We are going to try to do that if we can, we'll see how it goes. We will have some challenges about that. Right now, there are a bunch of guys that know how they fit on this team and their role and all that kind of stuff; I'd like to keep it as solid as we can. It's probably not possible to get it all, but I want those guys to know we want them in our locker room… I want to keep that going as best as we can because we have a chance to have a really good club."
Here is the full list of roster moves made to reduce the roster to 53 players:
S Joey Blount
LB Vi Jones
S Jonathan Sutherland
NT Austin Faoliu
NT Bryan Mone
QB Holton Ahlers
OLB Levi Bell
CB Lance Boykin
T Greg Eiland
NT Matthew Gotel
WR John Hall
WR Cade Johnson
WR Matt Landers
TE Tyler Mabry
LB Patrick O'Connell
S Ty Okada
DE Roderick Perry
G Kendall Randolph
DE Jacob Sykes
RB SaRodorick Thompson Jr.
WR Easop Winston Jr.
LB Christian Young
Terminated, Vested Veteran
LB Ben Burr-Kirven
C Joey Hunt
And again, this is far from final and will almost certainly change between now and the September 10 opener, but as of Tuesday afternoon, here is a look at the initial 53-man roster:
Quarterback (2): Geno Smith, Drew Lock
Running Back (4): Kenneth Walker III, Zach Charbonnet, DeeJay Dallas, Kenny McIntosh
Receiver (6): Tyler Lockett, DK Metcalf, Jaxon Smith-Njigba, Jake Bobo, Dareke Young, Cody Thompson
Tight End (3): Will Dissly, Noah Fant, Colby Parkinson
Offensive Line (9): Charles Cross, Damien Lewis, Evan Brown, Phil Haynes, Abraham Lucas, Olu Oluwatimi, Anthony Bradford, Jake Curhan, Stone Forsythe
Defensive Line (6): Dre'Mont Jones, Jarran Reed, Mario Edwards Jr., Mike Morris, Myles Adams, Cameron Young
Linebacker (10): Bobby Wagner, Jordyn Brooks, Devin Bush, Jon Rhattigan, Nick Bellore, Uchenna Nwosu, Darrell Taylor, Boye Mafe, Derick Hall, Tyreke Smith
Cornerback (6): Riq Woolen, Tre Brown, Michael Jackson, Devon Witherspoon, Coby Bryant, Artie Burns
Safety (4): Quandre Diggs, Jamal Adams, Julian Love, Jerrick Reed II
Specialists (3): P Michael Dickson, K Jason Myers, LS Chris Stoll
Here is the roster for the 2023 Seahawks.