Numbers games: Seahawks roster in perspective

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

The Seahawks have a few tough decisions to make before reducing their roster to 53 players in less than three weeks.

The final spot or two at receiver remain unsettled. I see at least 10 defensive linemen worth keeping, but perhaps no more than eight offensive linemen. The final spots at all three general positions on defense -- line, linebackers and secondary -- could spur debate.

The Seahawks aren't even certain which kicker will earn a roster spot, opening possible trade scenarios for teams with needs at the position.

The chart provides a framework for how many players the Seahawks might keep at each position heading into the regular-season opener against the Rams.

Here's a quick look at which Seahawks players I might keep on the cutdown to 53 players:


Running backs


Tight ends

Offensive line

Defensive line


Defensive backs


  • Projected keepers (3) -- Olindo Mare, Jon Ryan, Kevin Houser

  • Projected to miss cut (1) -- Brandon Coutu

  • Key issue -- Coutu's depth on kickoffs needs to improve, but Mare's knee is bothering him. Time missed by Mare could swing it toward Coutu, who has made all nine field goal attempts during his preseason career.