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The spotlight is on
The offensive line competition was discussed here; four more competitions to watch on Friday:
Wide Receiver: The microscope is on Golden Tate. Ben Obomanu took some snaps coming back from injury, but the organization still likes Tate and wants him in this offense. This is a big game for him, and their expectations will remain high.
Doug Baldwin has done anything he can to make sure he doesn't get cut. Kris Durham has been inconsistent and Ricardo Lockette was credited with the best practice catch of all time—he dropped the next pass. For now; Baldwin should be a near lock, Durham is on the bubble and Lockette is going to the practice squad.
Safety: Atari Bigby, Josh Pinkard, Jeron Johnson and Mark LeGree are all in the competition for the final two or three safety spots. Pinkard and Johnson have flashed all preseason, Bigby was a late-add veteran; expectations are still high for LeGree, who hasn't made as many plays—he was instrumental on Baldwin's 105-yard kickoff return.
LeGree will see a lot of time versus the Raiders, perhaps to judge his value against Bigby—Pinkard and Johnson both listed as strong safeties. LeGree could be going to the practice squad, and whether or not Seattle keeps two or three of these players on the roster will depend on whether or not they keep five or six cornerbacks.
Cornerback: With the Kelly Jennings trade, the battle for the final cornerback spots comes down to Byron Maxwell, Richard Sherman, and Kennard Cox. Maxwell has been the most impressive, Sherman is showing promise, and Cox is the veteran, valuable on special teams.
Sherman is listed over Cox on the depth chart but could use a solid game. Maxwell has come on too strong and showed too much improvement; his attitude and energy are needed on the 53-man unit. The only way all three make the roster is if Seattle keeps four safeties, two of the guys above.
Defensive Line: The Seahawks have an established top seven, and Pep Levingston has potentially made it a group of eight. Otherwise, there are a lot of guys fighting for one or two spots; Maurice Fountain and A.J. Schable have been unexpectedly disruptive; Pierre Allen remains hurt, Dexter Davis has been on and off the field. Seattle also traded for three-tech rusher Clinton McDonald, who has one game to prove he belongs.
I think McDonald will be hit or miss, Allen could see the practice squad and how tied the organization feels to Davis will affect the entire situation, particularly for Fountain and Schable.