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Reasons for Seahawks roster moves

There were a few surprises Saturday when the Seahawks made their cuts to reach the 53-man. Here are some of the reasons for the players they kept and the ones they didn’t:

Quarterbacks

Kept Russell Wilson and Tarvaris Jackson.

Cut Terrelle Pryor and B.J. Daniels.

Pryor had some good moments, but he didn’t do enough overall for the Seahawks to justify keeping a third QB on the roster. His passing was inconsistent and is decision-making was a tick too slow at times. The coaches like Daniels, who has a huge upside. They hope to put him on the practice squad.

Running backs

Kept Marshawn Lynch, Robert Turbin and Christine Michael.

Cut Spencer Ware and Demitrius Bronson.

Ware was seen as a guy who could play RB or FB, but didn’t do enough at either spot. Bronson is an undrafted rookie who ran well in preseason and probably will end up on the practice squad.

Fullbacks

Kept Derrick Coleman.

Cut Kiero Small.

Keeping only one isn’t a big problem since Turbin also can line up at fullback and the team sometimes uses a tight end in the FB spot. Small is one of two 2014 draft choices the team cut, but probably ends up on the practice squad.

Wide receivers

Kept Percy Harvin, Doug Baldwin, Jermaine Kearse, Paul Richardson, Ricardo Lockette, Kevin Norwood and Phil Bates.

Cut Bryan Walters, Chris Matthews and Arceto Clark.

Some of the biggest surprises came here. Who would have thought the Seahawks would keep seven WRs, but Walters wouldn’t be one of them? Walters showed he could return kicks and punts, along with making some nice catches as a receiver. Cutting him means the Seahawks are comfortable with using free safety Earl Thomas as the punt returner. And keeping seven WRs is a surprise, but it’s probably temporary. Rookie Kevin Norwood still is recovering from foot surgery. When he’s healthy, it could cost Bates his spot. Bates had a great training camp, and the coaches probably kept him for now because he’s a big-body receiver they didn’t have.

Tight ends

Kept Zach Miller, Luke Willson and Cooper Helfet.

Cut Morrell Presley and Rashaun Allen.

The third TE would have been Anthony McCoy, but he ruptured an Achilles tendon after missing all last season with the same injury in his other ankle. Helfet has great hands and good speed, but he has really improved his blocking, which is why he earned the spot.

Offensive linemen

Kept Russell Okung, Justin Britt, Max Unger, J.R. Sweezy, James Carpenter, Alvin Bailey, Lemuel Jeanpierre, Stephen Schilling and Garry Gilliam.

Cut Eric Winston, Caylin Hauptmann, Nate Isles and Patrick Lewis.

The surprise here was cutting Winston, a nine-year veteran the team signed early in camp to give them quality depth at OT. But Winston, the president of the NFL Players Association, was let go for several reasons. The Seahawks felt they couldn’t get Gilliam through waivers to put on the practice squad. They see a bright future for the undrafted rookie from Penn State, who still is learning the position after playing tight end part of his college career. The Seahawks also have confidence in rookie Justin Britt, who will start at RT. And keeping Winston would have cost $1 million. The team probably kept Schilling over Hauptmann because Schilling showed in the preseason he can play guard or center.

Defensive linemen

Kept Brandon Mebane, Tony McDaniel, Cliff Avril, Michael Bennett, Cassius Marsh, Greg Scruggs, Jordan Hill, Kevin Williams and O’Brien Schofield.

Cut Benson Mayowa, Andru Pulu, Jimmy Staten and placed D’Anthony Smith on IR.

A tough cut here in letting Mayowa go, a player the Seahawks kept around all last season because they believed in his potential as a pass-rusher. But Schofield had a sensational preseason to beat out Mayowa for the spot. Staten is the other 2014 draft choice the team cut. He wasn’t healthy most of the summer, but could end up on the practice squad.

Linebackers

Kept Bobby Wagner, Bruce Irvin, Malcolm Smith, K.J. Wright, Kevin Pierre-Louis, Brock Coyle and Mike Morgan.

Cut Korey Toomer.

Toomer looked great in OTA and minicamp, but missed all of training camp with a hamstring injury. His inability to stay healthy for the third consecutive season, along with the emergence of undrafted rookie Coyle, got Toomer on the cut list. And it's obvious the Seahawks feel Irvin will be back soon after undergoing hip surgery in June.

Cornerbacks

Kept Richard Sherman, Byron Maxwell, Jeremy Lane, Tharold Simon and Marcus Burley, who was acquired in a trade with Indianapolis.

Cut Phillip Adams and Akeem Auguste.

Clearly, the Seahawks weren’t happy with their fifth CB options when they cut both Adams and Auguste in order to make a trade to bring in Burley, a second-year player they acquired from the Colts for a 2015 sixth-round draft choice.

Safeties

Kept Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor, Jeron Johnson and DeShawn Shead.

Cut Terrance Parks and Steven Terrell.

Parks had some good moments in camp and could end up on the practice squad. Shead gives the Seahawks flexibility since he can play cornerback or safety. Johnson is the first backup at both safety positions.