Pete Carroll looking closely at roster battles

RENTON, Wash. -- The final preseason game each year is viewed as relatively meaningless to many fans since the starters usually play only a few snaps, if at all.

But Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll sees Thursday night’s game at Oakland in a different light, realizing some players are fighting to make the team.

‘‘There are a lot of guys with opportunities, battling for spots,” Carroll said. “It’s a highly competitive final opportunity and it’s a big deal to us. We hope to give guys any chance to make a statement to try to make this club.”

A few of the players believed to be on the bubble are defensive end Benson Mayowa, cornerbacks Phillip Adams and Akeem Auguste, receivers Bryan Walters and Phil Bates, safety Terrance Parks and running back Spencer Ware.

Carroll pointed out that the coaches have not made any final judgments on players fighting for a roster spot.

“There is stuff in the balance with guys that are really close,” Carroll said. “There are a number of spots where it’s one guy or the other. We’re going to take in all the information. It’s exciting to see these guys going for it. I’d like everybody to get good chances. There are times when guys just light up with this last opportunity.”