The Seahawks signed tight end Anthony McCoy and safety Akeem Davis Wednesday and waived tight end Chase Coffman. There was already an open spot on the 53-man roster following the release of cornerback Cary Williams on Monday.
McCoy, who spent part of this season with Washington, was drafted by the Seahawks in the sixth round of the 2010 draft out of USC, and played three seasons in Seattle before Achilles injuries caused him to miss all of the 2013 and 2014 seasons. McCoy has 31 catches for 437 yards and three touchdowns in his career. His best season came in 2012 when he caught 18 passes for 291 yards and three touchdowns, starting five games and appearing in all 16.
"We hope to get him in the rotation to take some plays for us," Carroll said Wednesday of McCoy's signing. "We know Anthony really well. We watched him on film at Washington. His ability to recall all that we've done over the years - we've been together for like 10 years or something, so he has a lot of background with us and our expectations, and that's really important right now, that he can fit right in.
"It's hard for somebody to jump in with the intricacies that we want them to play with and he'll be able to do that, so he'll play in this game and be part of it. So it feels comfortable getting him back."
McCoy spoke fondly of his time with Washington this season, but said he jumped at the chance to re-sign with Seattle because, "So far in my career, things have worked out the best for me here.
"I had options (with other teams), but it was a very easy call. Why wouldn't I want to come back and play for this team? It's a great group of guys, great coaches, great staff, everything, from the facility on to the fans. It feels good to be home."
Davis spent rookie minicamp in 2013 with the Seahawks after going undrafted out of Memphis, then spent the 2014 season with Washington and part of 2015 in New Orleans. Most recently, Davis was a member of Tampa Bay's practice squad this season. Carroll expects Davis to contribute on special teams, where the team has lost snaps from key contributors like linebacker Brock Coyle to injury and cornerback DeShawn Shead to his increased workload with the starting defense.
"He's a hard-nosed guy on special teams," Carroll said of Davis. "He's got great energy about him, his toughness. The things that he does as a gunner covering kicks looks special to us, so when we had a chance to get him on the roster we did it. We think that we could really use an infusion of that. We've lost some guys, guys banged up, with DeShawn Shead coming off special teams for the most part starting at corner, that left a void there. Still waiting for Brock to get back, there's still a void there, so we thought that his style jumped out at us.
"Really the special teams coaches had him kind of targeted from a few weeks ago, but we just hadn't had the opportunity yet, so we're really happy to get him and what I like about him as well as the toughness is he's got a lot of energy that he brings too, so I think he's going to have a lot of fun with our guys."
Despite only spending a brief amount of time in Seattle, Davis was thrilled to hear from Seattle based off of what he remembers from his stint here in 2013.
"I've been around the league, bounced around, and this is a world-class organization, world-class coach, world-class players, great work ethic and character," he said. "I'm just thankful to be back in this building. I'm willing to do whatever I need to do to make sure I stick around."
Davis knows that his immediate role is to help out on special teams, and plans to make an impression there right away.
"I know what I bring," he said. "I'm going to bring 110 percent, I'm going to bring energy to the table, and I'm a guy that, when the other team leaves the field, they're going to know who No. 30 was."
And while he knows his job is to help on special teams more than defense right now, Davis is excited to share a position group with Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor, two of the best safeties in the game.
"I know what position I'm in, I know I'm here to help the team out on teams, but I'm a sponge in the meeting room," he said. "As rich as our English vocabulary is, you can't find the words to describe being the meeting room with those guys."
Coffman was signed last week to provide depth at tight end following Jimmy Graham's season-ending injury, but was inactive for Sunday's game at Minnesota.
The Seahawks also made practice squad moves, signing receiver Douglas McNeil III, who spent training camp with Seattle and had previously been on the practice squad this season, and receiver Antwan Goodley, an undrafted rookie out of Baylor who initially signed with Dallas following the draft. Receiver Deshon Foxx was released from the practice squad.