Why was Kasen Williams waived? And are any more roster moves coming? That and more addressed in a roster cutdown Q-and-A.
You have questions now that the Seahawks have set their initial 53-man roster. Here’s our attempt at answers.
Q: Why was receiver Kasen Williams waived?
A: Seattle coach Pete Carroll isn’t scheduled to talk to the media until Monday afternoon so any official word from the team will have to wait a little while longer. But Carroll cautioned several times during the preseason to remember that personnel decisions are not just based on games but also on practice and everything else that the team does. Williams has been with the Seahawks since the spring of 2015 so the team had a lot invested in him and a lot of information.
Obviously, if the team had really wanted to keep him it could have and would have.
And when Jermaine Kearse was traded on Friday for defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson, it appeared the path to a roster spot was wide open for Williams, especially after catching nine passes for 208 yards in the preseason, the latter total the third-most in the NFL.
But despite those numbers Williams wasn’t considered one of the team’s top three receivers —- those spots go to Doug Baldwin, Paul Richardson and Tyler Lockett. And despite much conjecture about his status, it’s obvious there was never a question there’d be a spot for rookie Amara Darboh, a third-round pick and No. 106 overall. It would take pretty extraordinary circumstances for a team to cut bait this quickly on a player taken that high (and while Darboh had just three catches in the preseason, he also battled a sternum injury and was examined for a concussion, which limited his playing time and are circumstances the team obviously took into consideration).
At that point, it probably came down to two of three players making the roster — Tanner McEvoy, J.D. McKissic and Williams.
McEvoy holds some key special teams roles and had a knack for big plays last season, and at 6-6, 230 has also played some tight end/H-back in the past, the kind of versatility the team likes in players at the end of the roster. Similarly, McKissic is listed as a running back but also has played receiver and was the team’s primary returner all preseason with Lockett out — Lockett is expected back this week but Seattle undoubtedly wants depth at returner just in case.
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