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Sunday, August 10, 2008

Seahawks roster shaping up

Injuries and effort have earned Steve Vallos, Howard Green, and David Hawthorne roster spots. The losses of Chris Gray and Wesley Mallard made room for Vallos and Hawthorne, and both are seizing the opportunity. Howard Green was always in the mix for the final DT spot, but due to injuries, he has really been competing against himself. He has been playing very well and made the team last year.

The running back situation is getting more muddled. Owen Schmitt hasn't yet overcome David Kirtman to earn his spot, but he's slowly starting that push. He has shown some flashes with the ball in his hands, but his blocking needs to improve in a hurry. Justin Forsett continues to make flashy plays albeit against 3rd stringers a la Marquis Weeks of pre-seasons past. He might play his way onto the roster as the 6th RB or find a way to steal a spot over Kirtman and Schmitt, or maybe from another position (that is highly unlikely).

T.J. Duckett put the ball on the ground twice against the Vikings, but he isn't going anywhere. He isn't a fumbler, so those plays were flukes more than anything, and his lack of success up the middle has more to do with the offensive line than anything else. If he starts do line-up at fullback, we could see Forsett make the team and Schmitt land on the practice squad.

Offense (26)
QB (3) - Matt Hasselbeck, Seneca Wallace, Charlie Frye
HB/FB (5) - Julius Jones, T.J. Duckett, Maurice Morris, Leonard Weaver
WR (6) - Deion Branch, Nate Burleson, Bobby Engram, Ben Obomanu, Courtney Taylor, Logan Payne
TE (3) - John Carlson, Jeb Putzier, Will Heller
OL (9) - Walter Jones, Sean Locklear, Chris Spencer, Rob Sims, Mike Wahle, Ray Willis, Mansfield Wrotto, Floyd Womack, Steve Vallos

Defense (24)
DE (4) - Patrick Kerney, Darryl Tapp, Lawrence Jackson, Baraka Atkins
DT (5) - Rocky Bernard, Brandon Mebane, Red Bryant, Craig Terrill, Howard Green
LB (7) - Lofa Tatupu , Julian Peterson, Leroy Hill, D.D. Lewis, Lance Laury, Will Herring, David Hawthorne
S (4) - Deon Grant, Brian Russell, Jordan Babineaux, C.J. Wallace
CB (4) - Marcus Trufant, Kelly Jennings, Josh Wilson, Kevin Hobbs

Special Teams (3)
K - Brandon Coutu
P - Ryan Plackemeier
LS - Tyler Schmitt

Practice Squad (9)
RB - Justin Forsett
WR - Jordan Kent
WR - Michael Bumpus
TE - Joe Newton
OT - Kyle Williams
OT - Samuel Gutekunst
OL - Ben Claxton
DL - Nu'u Tafisi
DB - Jamar Adams

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