One year later, the Seattle Seahawks have 19 new faces on their Super Bowl roster compared to one year ago. The 53-man roster includes 34 players who were part of the team last season in the 43-8 victory over Denver.
Four men who started that night on offense will not play against the New England Patriots on Feb. 1. Three are no longer part of the team -- right tackle Breno Giacomini, wide receiver Golden Tate and fullback Michael Robinson (he didn’t actually start the first play). The other is tight end Zach Miller, who is on injured reserve.
Receiver Percy Harvin was not a starter, but he had a major impact. Harvin played in only two games prior to the Super Bowl -- one in the regular season and one playoff game -- but he had an 87-yard kickoff return for the touchdown to start the second half against Denver. He also had two carries for 45 yards and played 29 snaps, the most he played all season. Harvin was traded to the New York Jets in October.
On defense, it’s more accurate to list snap counts for the players no longer with the team. Two players who had a lot of snaps -- defensive end Chris Clemons (45 snaps in the Super Bowl) and defensive tackle Clinton McDonald (44 snaps) -- play elsewhere now. Two others who played a lot on defense that night -- defensive end Red Bryant and cornerback Walter Thurmond -- also are gone.
Defensive tackle Brandon Mebane started last year’s Super Bowl, but he’s now on IR. Veteran defensive tackle Kevin Williams, who the Seahawks signed as a free agent before training camp, will start at nose tackle.
Two new starters on offense who weren’t on the team last season are rookie right tackle Justin Britt (assuming his knee sprain is healed) and fullback Will Tukuafu if the Seahawks line up with a fullback to start the game. If Britt doesn't play, Alvin Bailey will start at right tackle. Officially, Bailey was a starter last year in the Super Bowl, lining up as a third tackle on the first play from scrimmage.
Receiver Jermaine Kearse, who only had 20 snaps but had a 23-yard TD catch in last year’s Super Bowl, will start and probably have twice that many snaps this time. Tight end Luke Willson, who played 13 snaps a year ago, will start this time.