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Seahawks' 53-man roster projection includes 13 rookies

The Seattle Seahawks must cut their roster to 75 by 4 p.m. ET Tuesday and to 53 by 4 p.m. ET Saturday. Here’s a final 53-man roster projection:

QUARTERBACK (2): Russell Wilson, Trevone Boykin

It's possible the Seahawks would add a veteran backup if a guy they like is cut by another team. But for now, the plan seems to be to stick with Boykin. If Wilson were to go down for an extended period of time at some point, the Seahawks could think about giving Tarvaris Jackson a call. But there's no real point in doing that until it becomes necessary.

RUNNING BACK (5): Thomas Rawls, Christine Michael, C.J. Prosise, Alex Collins, Will Tukuafu

Rawls still projects as the primary ball carrier with Michael serving a complementary role. Prosise will be the third-down back, assuming he can stay healthy and gain the coaches' trust before Week 1. Collins has had a quiet preseason but should still make the cut. Tukuafu is the fullback.

WIDE RECEIVER (5): Doug Baldwin, Jermaine Kearse, Tyler Lockett, Paul Richardson, Tanner McEvoy

The first four spots have been nailed down all summer. The fifth has been up for grabs, and nobody has really seized the opportunity.

It could go to someone like Kevin Smith or rookie Kenny Lawler, but the pick here is McEvoy. His size is something the Seahawks don't have with any other receivers on the roster, and the Seahawks have given McEvoy some looks at tight end. McEvoy started the spring playing safety, and he has flashed on special teams. Versatility and special-teams ability are musts for back-end roster spots.

TIGHT END (4): Jimmy Graham, Luke Willson, Nick Vannett, Brandon Williams

Graham (ruptured patellar tendon) might not be ready to start the regular season, and Vannett is nursing a high ankle sprain.

Willson seems to be the most likely starter in Week 1, and Williams is a core special-teams player.

OFFENSIVE LINE (9): Bradley Sowell, Mark Glowinski, Justin Britt, Germain Ifedi, Garry Gilliam, J'Marcus Webb, Joey Hunt, Jahri Evans, Rees Odhiambo

A couple of tough calls here. The first is at center. Patrick Lewis started nine games last season when the offense caught fire, but for whatever reason, the coaches seem to want to move away from him. It's possible that Lewis would stick as the backup, but the guess here is that the team goes with the rookie, Hunt.

Evans is squarely on the bubble. He projects as a backup but very well could be an inactive. He has played right guard his entire career, doesn't have positional versatility and is 33 years old. If the Seahawks see enough potential in a younger player such as Terry Poole or George Fant, they could cut ties with Evans.

DEFENSIVE LINE (9): Michael Bennett, Ahtyba Rubin, Jarran Reed, Cliff Avril, Frank Clark, Tony McDaniel, Jordan Hill, Quinton Jefferson, Brandin Bryant

Bryant, an undrafted free agent, has looked good during practice, but his play has not translated to games. He could be one of the last players to make the roster, or he could be a practice squad candidate. McDaniel was out of work a few weeks ago, but he has looked capable as a rotational player. If Reed (toe) can't make it back for the opener, McDaniel could suddenly be a starter.

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

The SAM job looks like it will go to Morgan, although Marsh could rotate in. Pinkins had a legitimate shot at it when camp started, but he has not had a strong preseason and is on the bubble.

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

The first four guys are locks, but Smith is on the bubble. It's possible the Seahawks could go with a veteran such as Marcus Burley, but the guess here is they still believe in Smith's potential.

SAFETY (4): Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor, Kelcie McCray, Tyvis Powell

McCray is the backup at both safety spots, and Powell looks as if he could be a special-teams standout right away. Brandon Browner is one of the toughest calls in the entire group. The Seahawks seemed to have a plan for him when they signed him back in the spring, but it doesn't seem like it's worked out the way they'd hoped. Browner has been used exclusively as a backup safety in the preseason, and Powell's play may make him expendable.

SPECIALISTS (3): Steven Hauschka, Jon Ryan, Nolan Frese

Frese has been inconsistent and could be replaced in the days ahead.