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Dorson Boyce, the fullback of the future? Maybe not, but someone needs to be...
The Seahawks had talented depth they couldn't keep on 53 man roster, but they can keep eight players on the practice squad.
Guys highlighted below—add previously mentioned Josh Pinkard and Mark LeGree to the group—have not played more than eight games in the NFL and have less than three years accrued experience, meaning they are most likely eligible.
Jameson Konz, DE/OLB:
Konz was converted from tight end at the beginning of training camp, after being converted from a defender to H-Back/tight end his senior season of college.
His athleticism and motor stood out, as he registered a sack and was able to make tackles in pursuit. His speed could land him a spot on special teams.
He is a player who could have made the roster instead of Davis given their similar skill sets, but if the Seahawks are able to keep Konz on the practice squad—given that they drafted him last season—he could potentially find himself on the active roster sometime in the middle of 2011.
David Howard, DT:
Howard was a bit of a surprise on the 80 man roster over Jay Alford, but had a sack and a half, with a forced fumble, to close the preseason. A smart player out of Brown University, Howard is the type of hard-working body the Seahawks could use on the practice squad as depth on the interior line.
He showed his potential and is worth keeping around if he can be coached up for NFL competition.
Dorson Boyce, FB:
The Seahawks only fullback is Michael Robinson, and having a player like Boyce on the practice squad would be an under the radar moved aimed toward the future.
He showed solid hands as a receiver out of the backfield, converting first downs when called upon—he was solid as a blocker and had two carries for 11 yards versus Oakland.
Unfortunately, he suffered a stinger on the final play before the Seahawks knelt it out. I'd like Seattle to develop a fullback on the practice squad, even if it's not Boyce.
Michael Morgan, LB:
Morgan excelled in his Junior year under Carroll at USC at strong side linebacker.
He flashed a good combination of speed and athleticism for a linebacker during the preseason, a guy that could also make an impact on special teams. His ties to Carroll and athleticism make him a solid candidate for the practice squad.
Maurice Fountain, DE:
He was with the Seahawks at the end of 2010 on the practice squad and his performance this preseason warrants a spot in 2011.
Given his age, he is a player who needs to develop quickly or be released; but with the injuries along the defensive line in 2010—and Jimmy Wilkerson already—the Seahawks can't afford to lack depth.
Vai Taua, RB:
Thomas Clayton got the bulk of the preseason work while Taua saw limited time, released and re-signed at one point.
But, Clayton is not eligible for the practice squad and Taua showed a patient, tough, one-cut running style that would work in this offense.
His college production—three 1,300-plus yard, 10-plus touchdown seasons—suggests he has potential.
Ricardo Lockette, WR:
The former D-II receiver is still raw, but flashed his playmaking ability throughout training camp; the trouble is inconsistency. Carroll previously mentioned Lockette as a player who had stood out during camp and he may have too high of an upside to completely cut ties with.
Paul Fanaika, OG:
He was most likely on the bubble for final cuts but considering the release of Gibson, Fanaika was not going to make the roster.
A member of the practice squad in 2010—heading into his third NFL season and yet to play in a game—the 6'5", 327 pound long armed, big handed, road-grader type blocker is a candidate for Cable to develop.
Note: Six spots on the practice squad have been filled: DE Maurice Fountain, DE Jameson Konz, WR Ricardo Lockette, G Brent Osborne, S Josh Pinkard, WR Owen Spencer