Brandon Browner makes the cut on Seahawks' 53-man roster projection

Brandon Browner is on the bubble for making the Seahawks' final 53. Joe Nicholson/USA TODAY Sports

RENTON, Wash. -- In advance of the Seattle Seahawks' second preseason game Thursday night, here's an updated 53-man roster projection.

Quarterbacks (2): Russell Wilson, Trevone Boykin.

If the Seahawks believe in Boykin's upside, they can keep him as the backup for now. If Wilson were to go down with an injury, the team could then scramble and think about adding a veteran like Tarvaris Jackson. There could also be movement here once guys get cut by other teams.

Running backs (5): Thomas Rawls, Christine Michael, Alex Collins, C.J. Prosise, Jonathan Amosa.

Pete Carroll said recently that Rawls and Michael can form a one-two punch. Prosise is practicing, but not 100 percent after suffering a hamstring injury. Collins figures to get plenty of work Thursday night.

And for now, Amosa is the fullback. But this is definitely a spot where the Seahawks could make a move for a player who gets cut from another roster.

Tight ends (4): Jimmy Graham, Luke Willson, Nick Vannett, Brandon Williams.

Graham is back practicing, but he has been limited. It's impossible to predict when he might have an impact, although the team believes he'll be ready for Week 1 of the regular season.

Willson is a solid option while Graham continues to work his way back, and the Seahawks liked enough of Vannett to take him in the third round.

Williams has a special teams background and has played well during training camp. He's on the roster bubble, but I think he makes it.

Wide receivers (5): Doug Baldwin, Jermaine Kearse, Tyler Lockett, Paul Richardson, Kenny Lawler.

The top four spots are locks, but the fifth one is up for grabs. Kasen Williams and Kevin Smith are possibilities, but Carroll said during a 710 ESPN Seattle interview that those two guys are "under siege" from the players behind them.

I don't think Tanner McEvoy's performance on the final drive of the first preseason game is enough to earn him a spot, but really the fifth spot could go in a number of different directions -- possibly even to a player who's not currently on the roster.

If the Seahawks believe they can get by without the fifth wide receiver being a special teams contributor, Lawler could get the nod.

Offensive linemen (9): Bradley Sowell, Mark Glowinski, Justin Britt, Germain Ifedi, Garry Gilliam, J'Marcus Webb, Jahri Evans, Patrick Lewis, Rees Odhiambo.

The Seahawks are encouraged by what they've seen from the interior guys: Glowinski, Britt and Ifedi. The tackle spots are still up for grabs.

Given the structure of Webb's contract and the fact that he can play guard or tackle, he should stick. Evans is on the roster bubble. And Lewis will have to hold off rookie Joey Hunt. The Seahawks want to get Odhiambo reps playing both guard and tackle.

George Fant seems like a practice squad guy, and while Terry Poole has improved, he'll have to show more to earn a spot.

Defensive linemen (8): Cliff Avril, Michael Bennett, Ahtyba Rubin, Jarran Reed, Jordan Hill, Quinton Jefferson, Frank Clark, Brandin Bryant.

Hill's been banged-up, but I still think he makes the team. Bryant is the surprise of the group. The undrafted free agent has had a great camp and is in position to make the roster as a rotational defensive tackle.

Linebackers (7): Bobby Wagner, K.J. Wright, Mike Morgan, Cassius Marsh, Eric Pinkins, Kevin Pierre-Louis, Brock Coyle.

Morgan, Marsh and Pinkins are still competing for the starting Sam spot. Marsh looked good rushing the passer in the first preseason game and was the team's leading tackler on special teams last season.

It's possible that a rookie like Steve Longa earns one of the backup spots with a strong showing in the remaining three preseason games.

Cornerbacks (5): Richard Sherman, Jeremy Lane, DeShawn Shead, Tharold Simon, Tye Smith.

Not a lot of intrigue here. Smith is probably on the bubble, but I think he's shown enough potential to stick.

Safeties (5): Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor, Kelcie McCray, Tyvis Powell, Brandon Browner.

McCray is slated to be the backup at both safety spots. Powell looked great on special teams against the Kansas City Chiefs and has a great shot to make the cut.

Browner is on the bubble. I still think the team is intrigued by the idea of him matching up with pass-catching tight ends on certain weeks. But he'll have to show enough as a safety to make the cut.

Specialists (3): Steven Hauschka, Jon Ryan, Nolan Frese.