Projecting the Seahawks’ 53-man roster as we get closer to 2017 season

Taking a guess at the Seahawks’ 53-man roster as we head into the summer.

Having concluded mini-camp on Thursday the Seahawks are now off for the summer, due to return on July 30 or so for the beginning of training camp.

And that’s when the real battles for spots on the 53-man roster will begin.

That doesn’t mean, though, that we can’t start speculating now on how it will unfold.

So here is our first look at how the 53-man roster may unfold (and it’s worth remembering that this year, there will be just one cut for all NFL teams – from 90 to 53 following the final preseason games).


Quarterbacks Russell Wilson, left and Austin Davis walk off the field after practice.
(Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times)

QUARTERBACK

KEEP: Russell Wilson, Trevone Boykin.

CUT: Austin Davis.

COMMENT: The backup QB battle is going to be one of the most interesting of the preseason — Seattle really hasn’t had a legitimate once since 2013 when Tarvaris Jackson beat out Brady Quinn (remember that?). Davis earned some praise this week from Pete Carroll for his quick assimilation of the playbook. But for now I’ll assume Boykin’s legal issues resolve themselves and that the team sides with his potential and overall playmaking ability as well as not wanting to risk losing him just yet. And I’ll also assume that for now the Seahawks won’t feel they need three QBs with Wilson having recovered fully from all of his 2016 injuries.


Seahawks running back Eddie Lacy looks towards the field during Seahawks minicamp. (Kjell Redal / The Seattle Times)

TAILBACK

KEEP: Eddie Lacy, Thomas Rawls, C.J. Prosise, Alex Collins.

CUT: Mike Davis, Chris Carson, Tre Madden.

COMMENT: The first three are a given. The battle for the last spot or two will be really interesting, though, and the Seahawks might feel compelled to keep five depending on how things unfold. For now, I’ll go with four and give the last spot to Collins, whose…

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