Predicting Seattle Seahawks' 1st Wave of Roster Cuts
The Seattle Seahawks are in for an interesting preseason period, as there are several players still battling for roster spots. There are a number of reasons as to why these players could be on their way out; in a lot of cases, it's a rookie pushing a veteran out of his incumbent spot.
One of the more surprising players you'll find on this list is Tarvaris Jackson, who has definitely been a serviceable backup for Seattle since joining the team a few years back.
After rejoining the team on a one-year deal in March, he's still firmly on the bubble as we enter the preseason.
The competition he's facing is the newly acquired Terrelle Pryor, whose athleticism and knack for electric plays makes him the favorite to win the No. 2 quarterback job.
Past the quarterback position, there are some other interesting position battles all throughout the roster. It will be interesting to see who steps up and who gets left in the dust as time winds down before the official start to the season.
Ricardo Lockette, WR
Ricardo Lockette isn't a bad receiver, but he is at a disadvantage because of who's ahead of him on the depth chart.
Not only are incumbent stars Percy Harvin and Doug Baldwin above Lockette's name, but rookies Paul Richardson and Kevin Norwood have been the source of much camp buzz, per Joe Soriano of NFLSpinZone.com.
Jermaine Kearse has also been receiving many opportunities to work with the first-team offense, often lining up as one of three receivers alongside Harvin and Baldwin, via Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times.
Lockette could be the odd man out in a stacked receiving corps, leading to the team cutting ties with him.
Tarvaris Jackson, QB
Tarvaris Jackson has been a solid backup for Seattle over the past few seasons, but there's a good chance he doesn't end up on the 53-man roster. There's a new horse in the stable that is gunning for Jackson's spot and will have a good shot at replacing him as the team's backup.
Terrelle Pryor is a much more dangerous option as a passer by comparison and may be on his way to earning the backup gig in Seattle. While he's not leaps and bounds better at passing than Jackson, he is definitely more athletic.
Pryor's electrifying style of play hasn't equated to huge numbers or big wins yet, but he has great potential and has shown that he can play well. At the very least, he provides a unique skill set for Darrell Bevell to utilize in his offense.
Pryor could come in on special packages and work as maybe a receiver or Wildcat passer, offering a whole new dimension to the team's offense.
At the end of the day, Pryor simply brings more to the table than Jackson and should take his place as Russell Wilson's understudy.
Benson Mayowa, DE
Benson Mayowa's NFL career hasn't had much of a start yet, and he may be out of Seattle before it even gets a chance to take off. Mayowa's importance within the defense has lessened now that rookie defender Cassius Marsh is in town, and that could ultimately lead to him getting cut.
Mayowa has potential for sure, but with All-Pros Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril ahead of him, there's very little chance he overthrows them for a starting position.
Marsh has been a great fit within Dan Quinn's scheme through camp so far and may lead to the team cutting ties with Mayowa before the season starts.
Mike Morgan, OLB
Just as Mayowa is being pushed out by a rookie, Mike Morgan is facing some competition from a first-year player. The linebacking corps of Seattle is very top heavy but now has some extra depth with the emergence of Kevin Pierre-Louis.
The rookie linebacker has been impressive since joining the team and will learn a lot from guys like Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright. Mike Morgan has failed to make a big impact when given the opportunity to play and could be supplanted by the rookie backer.
He's recorded just 17 tackles and a whopping zero sacks in two years as a pro, and unless he can make an impression on the coaches during camp, he could get cut sooner than later.