No Kam Chancellor in Seahawks' 53-man roster projection

Here is a position-by-position look at who stays and who goes when the Seattle Seahawks make their final cuts.


Russell Wilson

Tarvaris Jackson

This is probably the easiest position on the roster to project. Wilson has not missed a start in three NFL seasons. If that changes in 2015, Pete Carroll would call on Jackson. The veteran has been dealing with an ankle injury, but Carroll said he'll be good to go for the opener.


Marshawn Lynch

Christine Michael

Robert Turbin

Derrick Coleman

With Turbin's injury (high ankle sprain) and the Seahawks' interest in Fred Jackson, don't be surprised if there's movement at this position between roster cuts and the first game. But for now, the Seahawks go with three running backs and a fullback. Thomas Rawls made a late push with an 11-carry, 87-yard performance Thursday night. He has a shot to sneak on.

If Lynch stays healthy, Turbin and Michael likely won't have much of a role on offense. If the team signs Jackson, he could spell Lynch at times on obvious passing downs.

Coleman gets the nod over Will Tukuafu at fullback.


Doug Baldwin

Jermaine Kearse

Tyler Lockett

Chris Matthews

Ricardo Lockette

B.J. Daniels

Baldwin and Kearse are the returning starters. Lockett has been probably the biggest bright spot on the team during the preseason and could prove to be one of the Seahawks' biggest playmakers on offense and special teams.

Matthews is a bit of a wild card. Given his performance in the Super Bowl last year, the coaches likely will want to carve out a role for him. He's shown he can use his size and make contested catches downfield. Matthews has been battling a shoulder injury and has had a quiet summer, but he should have a role going into the regular season.

Lockette's experience and ability to play special teams should earn him a spot. Given that Daniels can play wide receiver, quarterback and be a returner, he should stick.

Kevin Smith and Kasen Williams both flashed Thursday night, but it could be tough to keep them.


Jimmy Graham

Luke Willson

Cooper Helfet

Graham will likely be the most targeted receiver by season's end. Willson could be on the field with him fairly often in two-tight-end sets.

The third spot here goes to Helfet.


Russell Okung

Justin Britt

Drew Nowak

J.R. Sweezy

Garry Gilliam

Alvin Bailey

Mark Glowinski

Patrick Lewis

Kristjan Sokoli

Terry Poole

The starters are set. From left to right, it'll be Okung, Britt, Nowak, Sweezy and Gilliam.

Bailey will likely be the first man in at guard or tackle should there be an injury. Lewis serves as the backup center.

The remaining three players are projections. The Seahawks spent fourth-round picks on Glowinski and Poole. The feeling here is that they probably still believe in the talent of those players even if neither guy contributes this season.

Sokoli was a sixth-round pick, but the same theory applies. If after an offseason of work they believe he can turn into a productive player, they'll keep him. They have the space to do so.


Cliff Avril

Ahtyba Rubin

Brandon Mebane

Michael Bennett

Frank Clark

Cassius Marsh

Jordan Hill

David King

Demarcus Dobbs

The first seven names are locks and comprise a talented, deep area of the roster.

King flashed during the preseason, and the last spot goes to Dobbs. It's possible that T.Y. McGill or Jesse Williams ends up claiming one of the final spots over those guys.


Bobby Wagner

K.J. Wright

Bruce Irvin

Brock Coyle

Mike Morgan

Kevin Pierre-Louis

Morgan is dealing with a hamstring injury, but the Seahawks are in good shape with the other five. Eric Pinkins saw significant playing time Thursday night and flashed with a sack, a QB hit and a couple of tackles. He has a shot to sneak onto the roster.


Richard Sherman

Cary Williams

Will Blackmon

Tharold Simon

Marcus Burley

Tye Smith

Sherman and Williams are your starters. Blackmon is the first-team nickel.

Simon and Burley provide depth. Smith flashed enough during the preseason to warrant a roster spot.

Note that Kam Chancellor doesn't count against the 53-man roster until (unless?) he shows up, so that's why there are six corners. If Chancellor were to join, Burley could be the odd man out among the defensive backs.


Earl Thomas

Dion Bailey

Steven Terrell

DeShawn Shead

Bailey is the most likely candidate to replace Chancellor if it comes to that. Shead would also be an option and adds special-teams value.

Terrell is necessary as an option to back up Thomas at free safety.


Clint Gresham

Jon Ryan

Steven Hauschka