Stephen Williams #83 of the Seattle Seahawks takes the ball away from Loyce Means #35 against the Green Bay Packers for a touchdown during the second half at Lambeau Field on August 23, 2013 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)
by Curtis Crabtree
RENTON - Now that the Seattle Seahawks have trimmed their active roster by 15 players down to the 75-man limit, it seems like a good time to look at where the roster stands as the team prepares for their final preseason test against the Oakland Raiders on Thursday night.
Seattle will have to trim their roster to the regular season maximum of 53 players by 3 p.m. Saturday. As a disclaimer, financial situations were noted at times in the following breakdown, however, it does not try to make a projection at guys who could be let go purely for financial reasons.
Who is in? Who is out? Who still has work to do? Here's where things stand ahead of the preseason finale.
Locks: Russell Wilson
Looking Good: Tarvaris Jackson
Bubble: Brady Quinn
The Seahawks will likely only keep two quarterbacks on their roster. Jackson has appeared to outplay Quinn so far this preseason but both should play extensively against the Raiders Thursdy night.
Locks: Marshawn Lynch, Robert Turbin, Christine Michael
Bubble: Michael Robinson, Spencer Ware, Derrick Coleman
It's looking like Seattle will keep five running backs. Ware has looked strong is preseason action but doesn't seem to be a fullback at this stage.
That distinction falls between Robinson and Coleman. Robinson has been sick for the last week and hasn't practiced recently. Coleman has been taking most of the fullback reps recently. With Robinson set to make $2.5 million this season and no money still owed, he could be a cap-related release if Coleman shows enough to take hold of the fullback job.
Locks: Zach Miller, Luke Willson, Sean McGrath
Bubble: Cooper Helfet
Longshots: Darren Fells
Assuming Seattle doesn't look outside the organization for help at tight end, Miller, Willson and McGrath appear to be the three tight ends Seattle will keep. Helfet has had a nice camp but just doesn't appear to have a roster spot. Both he and Fells could be practice squad considerations.
Locks: Sidney Rice, Golden Tate, Doug Baldwin, Jermaine Kearse
Looking Good: Stephen Williams
Bubble: Phil Bates, Chris Harper
Longshots: Bryan Walters, Arceto Clark
The top four receivers are locks as Kearse and Tate have put together two of the strongest showings in training camp. Seattle will keep either five or six receivers. Williams appears to be the fifth guy right now, though he doesn't play much on special teams. Bates and Harper are bigger framed receivers that could be battling for the final spot.
Walters has flashed at times and the coaching staff likes his special teams ability but a hamstring injury has forced him to miss significant time. Clark has performed well at times too but there just isn't going to be a spot available. All could be practice squad guys if let go.
Locks: Russell Okung, Breno Giacomini
Looking Good: Michael Bowie
Bubble: Michael Person, Alvin Bailey
Behind the starters, the competition is still wide open for the reserve tackle spot(s). Bailey looked strong early in camp but it appears as though Bowie is getting more opportunities recently. Person was with the team last season and has been moved as an extra tight end at times too. It's one position where the picture remains uncertain.
Locks: Paul McQuistan, J.R. Sweezy, James Carpenter
Longshots: Rishaw Johnson, Ryan Seymour
The continued injury problems from Carpenter appear to have cemented McQuistan's place on the roster. Carpenter financial situation and potential still keep him firmly on the roster as well.
The ability of Michael Bowie and Alvin Bailey to play guard could make it a tall task for either Johnson or Seymour to make the roster. Both could be practice squad candidates.
Locks: Max Unger
Looking Good: Lemuel Jeanpierre
Longshot: Jared Smith
Seattle had tried Michael Person at center at times in camp but he was too inconsistent, especially with snaps in shotgun, to truly make a case to supplant Jeanpierre as Unger's backup.
Smith is still transitioning to the offensive line and could use a year of seasoning on the practice squad.
Locks: Brandon Mebane, Jordan Hill
Looking Good: Tony McDaniel, Clinton McDonald
Bubble: Jaye Howard, Sealver Siliga
Longshots: Dewayne Cherrington, Michael Brooks
Injuries have made the picture incredibly unclear with just a few days until cutdowns. Mebane, McDaniel and Hill all missed practice with injuries Tuesday. Mebane and Hill's injuries could have them in doubt for the season opener. If so, it could alter the make up of the roster significantly in the upcoming days.
Right now, Mebane and McDaniel look like the starters with McDonald as a versatile backup and Hill as a rotational option. Howard has had a solid camp and could find a roster spot as well. Siliga was acquired in the trade with Denver for John Moffitt and is still in the conversation.
Locks: Cliff Avril, Red Bryant, Michael Bennett
Looking Good: Mike Morgan
Bubble: Chris Clemons, Benson Mayowa
Clemons isn't on the bubble from a talent perspective but he could still land on the reserve/PUP list to start the season. If he's not going to be ready early in the season and Avril's hamstring still isn't ready to go, it could be the avenue for Mayowa to earn a roster spot.
Morgan is a fixture on special teams, has proven to be a capable linebacker and has been playing the LEO position predominantly in camp. With the injuries along the defensive line, his roster spot is becoming more solidified.
Locks: K.J. Wright, Bobby Wagner, Malcolm Smith, O'Brien Schofield
Bubble: Heath Farwell, Allen Bradford, John Lotulelei
Longshot: Ty Powell
Farwell is a core special teams player and can play all three linebacker positions. He is scheduled to make $1.67 million and Seattle could elect to keep cheaper options in Bradford and Lotulelei.
Locks: Richard Sherman, Brandon Browner, Antoine Winfield, Walter Thurmond
Looking Good: Jeremy Lane, Byron Maxwell
Bubble: Ron Parker
Probably the position with the least drama surrounding roster cuts. The top six seem pretty well in place. Parker is talented and is a good fit with Seattle, but ultimately there probably won't be a roster spot for him. Expect him to find a job elsewhere if released.
Locks: Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor, Jeron Johnson
Bubble: Chris Maragos, Deshawn Shead
Longshot: Winston Guy
Maragos is the only true backup to Thomas at the free safety position with speed to cover in the back end of the defense. He's also a key special teams player. However, he's set to make $1.3 million this season and Shead is a cheaper option. Maragos is still the better fit.
Shead could be destined for the practice squad if he could clear waivers. However, his versatility to play cornerback and safety increases his value.
Locks: Steven Hauschka, Jon Ryan, Clint Gresham
Clear cut group. Gresham's contract extension takes any question marks out of the equation.