The Seattle Seahawks reduced their preseason roster to the 75-player limit. Among the 15 cuts was high-profile Terrell Owens. The Seahawks also traded last year's starting quarterback Tarvaris Jackson to Buffalo for an undisclosed draft pick.
Friday, August 31 is the next important date for players on the roster bubble. Teams must reduce their squads by 22 to the 53-man regular-season limit. The following day eight players can be placed on the practice squad.
This year's version of the Seahawks featured many impressive rookies. Several are slated to be on the field when the season kicks off on September 9.
Head coach Peter Carroll named Russell Wilson as his starting quarterback for the opening game against Arizona. Guard J.R. Sweezy, running back Robert Turbin and linebacker Bobby Wagner round a splendid group of offensive newcomers.
On the other side of the line, defensive back Winston Guy, tackle Jay Howard, first-round pick and defensive end Bruce Irvin, defensive back Jeremy Lane, lineman Greg Scruggs and linebacker Korey Toomer all have a chance to stay in Seattle.
Based on their preseason performances, depth chart status and potential, three veterans and five newbies may find a home on the practice squad.
Here is my fearless prediction for the "semi-elite" eight:
Pierre Allen (Defensive End): Allen spent time on the practice squad in 2011 and is currently behind rookie Cordarro Law in the depth chart. Looks like a return trip for the Nebraska Cornhusker to the non-active roster.
Allen Bradford (Linebacker): Bradford's another returnee from last year's practice squad. He played for Pete Carroll at USC. The former Trojan appeared in one exhibition game and failed to record a single tackle or assist.
Winston Guy (Safety): The sixth-round draft pick played in two preseason games. Guy received credit for two assists and is currently the third choice at strong safety following the departure of Roy Lewis.
DeShawn Shead (Cornerback): Seattle's second sixth-round draft pick played in all three exhibition games. Shead failed to make the stats sheet, but could be a reactivated as a defensive back fill-in.
Jermaine Kearse (Wide Receiver): The rookie from the University of Washington made one catch for 37 yards in three preseason matchups. It's a deep wide-receiving group in Seattle this year. Kearse will be on the outside looking in.
Ricardo Lockette (Wide Receiver): Lockette spent the first 13 games of 2011 on the practice squad and was signed to the active roster in late December. The quality and depth at the wideout position is deeper than last year. Looks like a return trip to the non-roster team for Lockette.
Lavasier Tuinei (Wide Receiver): Tuinei made two appearances as a wide receiver and one with the special teams in the preseason. The Oregon rookie's best chance of staying in the Pacific Northwest may be as a replacement on special teams.