Analysis: Breaking down the Seahawks’ initial 53-man roster

After cutting it down from 90 to 53 — including some surprising moves — on Saturday, here’s a look at the Seahawks’ official initial roster.

Now that the Seahawks have set their initial 53-man roster for the 2017 season it’s time to take a quick look at each position and how it came together over the weekend.

QUARTERBACK

KEEP: Russell Wilson, Austin Davis.

CUT: Trevone Boykin.

COMMENT: Ultimately the Seahawks went with the steady vet over erratic youth, deciding to keep Davis, who led a game-winning drive against the Raiders in a contest in which Boykin threw two interceptions, finishing the preseason with four — Davis didn’t have any. Davis will have to be paid about $300,000 more than Boykin, but the Seahawks obviously see some value in doing that, desiring someone who has played some after Wilson’s injury scares of last season. Boykin could be a practice squad candidate if he is not claimed on waivers.

TAILBACK

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KEEP: Eddie Lacy, Thomas Rawls, C.J. Prosise, Chris Carson, J.D. McKissic.

CUT: Alex Collins, Mike Davis.

COMMENT: Ultimately no real surprises at this spot. Lacy, Rawls and Prosise seemed a given from the beginning and Carson was just about a lock from the first game. McKissic makes it as insurance at receiver and running back and maybe mostly as a returner with Tyler Lockett yet to play this preseason. Seahawks make the somewhat hard decision to walk away from Collins, a fifth-round pick last season. But he was simply beaten out at a spot where the Seahawks are deep.

FULLBACK

KEEP: Tre Madden.

CUT: Marcel Reece.

COMMENT: The Seahawks did indeed make the financially prudent move here to keep Madden, who is about $300,000 cheaper (Madden makes $465,000 to Reece’s $775,000) and won’t have to have his contract guaranteed to start the season as would Reece, who is a vested veteran. Seattle could bring back Reece later when his contract would not be guaranteed if it wants as the Seahawks did last year with Will Tukuafu. Still, it’s a big moment for Madden, who has been with Seattle off and on since May, 2016.

TIGHT END

KEEP: Jimmy Graham, Luke Willson, Nick Vannett.

CUT: Tyrone Swoopes, Steve Donatell.

COMMENT: The tight end spot turned out exactly as it looked all along. Swoopes seems an obvious practice squad candidate.

WIDE RECEIVER

KEEP: Doug Baldwin, Tyler Lockett, Paul Richardson, Amara Darboh, Tanner McEvoy.


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