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Seahawks: Predicting The 53

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Pete Carroll and his staff will have a hard time deciding which players to cut on Saturday. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)
Pete Carroll and his staff will have a hard time deciding which players to cut on Saturday. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)

You can bet most NFL teams are paying close attention to the roster cuts made by the Seahawks this weekend.

Seattle has one of the deepest rosters in the league, with a great amount of third-string talent. The Seahawks’ trash will be other team's treasure.

There are currently 75 players on the roster. On Saturday, that numbers gets trimmed down to 53. Pete Carroll and the organization will identify which players they really need. Remember, this isn't a race to find the best player. It's a challenge to put together the best players to make a complete team.

Before the Seahawks face the Raiders in the last preseason game, there are a few spots up for grabs. With some key players sidelined with injuries — and some suspended for PED’s — Carrol will have to make wise choices. Expect to see surprises at LB, WR and RB where rookies are making a real impact.

Here’s my projection at the final 53:

Quarterbacks (2)

Russell Wilson

Tarvaris Jackson

» Would they really only keep two quarterbacks? It's looking that way, thanks to a wealth of talent at other positions. Jackson seems to have prevailed over Brady Quinn for the backup role. He has shown spurts in the preseason, plus he's got good chemistry with the guys.

Running Backs (4)

Marshawn Lynch

Christine Michael

Robert Turbin

Spencer Ware

» Lynch cannot carry the load alone. He'll need the support of at least two backs to help him throughout the season. Michael was drafted for the purpose of complementing Lynch and has shown a speed few running backs possess. Turbin gets the nod, but he better watch out. He's been losing ground to both Michael and Ware. Michael Robinson is the odd man out. Robinson exhibited great leadership and could easily become an NFL coach in the future, but Ware wins the fullback job.

Tight Ends (3)

Zach Miller

Sean McGrath

Luke Wilson

» No surprises here. Miller looks healthy again and should be ready for Week 1. McGrath showed some good skills in the preseason, but he's not a consistent threat. Wilson, a rookie, has a lot to learn. Still, he seemed to have some chemistry with Russell Wilson during camp.

Wide Receivers (6)

Golden Tate

Doug Baldwin

Sidney Rice

Stephen Williams

Jermaine Kearse

Chris Harper

» Percy Harvin is also on this list, but he won't count against the number due to injury. Until he returns, expect the trio of Tate, Baldwin and Rice to get most of the targets. Stephen Williams and Jermaine Kearse have both shown incredible potential and could become threats should one of the top three receivers go down. Chris Harper is the wild card. We're putting him in, but he could easily land on the practice squad.

Offensive Linemen (9)

Russell Okung

Paul McQuistan

Max Unger

J.R Sweezy

Breno Giacomini

James Carpenter

Alvin Bailey

Michael Bowie

Jared Smith

» Put aside the whole Moffitt controversy — the guard was traded twice last week after health concerns surfaced. The O-line should stay this way if not for unexpected changes. Jared Smith seems to be the best bet to take Moffit’s spot. Giacomini has been rumored to be one of the expendables, but has shown enough commitment to the team and tenacity to keep his spot intact.

Defensive Linemen (11)

Michael Bennett

Benson Mayowa

Jordan Hill

Brandon Mebane

Jaye Howard

Red Bryant

Tony McDaniel

Cliff Avril

Mike Morgan

O’Brien Schofield

Sealver Seliga

» We're assuming Chris Clemons is placed on the PUP list and Gregg Scruggs is already on IR. Mayowa is a team leader, but carries a heavy salary that might shuffle things next year. At 325 pounds, Jesse Williams should emerge as the future star of this defensive line. Unfortunately, he's also headed to IR. With Williams out, Sealver Siliga could have hit the jackpot with his recent move to Seattle, He played well against the Packers and has a serious chance at making the team.

Corner Backs (6)

Richard Sherman

Brandon Browner

Antoine Winfield

Walter Thurmond

Byron Maxwell

Jeremy Lane

» This is one of the most solid cornerback units around — and envy of about every NFL team out there. Even so, the list isn't perfect. Rookie Tharold Simon will make the team, but won't make an impact as he sits and waits on IR. Salary cap problems will be dealt with next year. In the meantime, let’s enjoy what will be an exciting year for the Seahawks' secondary as a whole.

Line Backers (5)

Bobby Wagner

K.J Wright

Allen Bradford

Malcolm Smith

John Lotulelei

» Lotulelei has done so much this preseason that he truly deserves a spot despite being an undrafted free agent. There's a track record here, too. When Carroll has given a UDFA a chance to perform in the past, the results have been surprisingly positive. Remember, Bruce Irvin’s PED troubles land him on the suspended list and Korey Toomer is on the non-football-injury list. Defensive linemen Mike Morgan and O'Brien Schofield also can play the linebacker position.

Safety (4)

Earl Thomas

Kam Chancellor

Chris Maragos

Jeron Johnson

» Maragos and Johnson are valid backups that will be used particularly on special teams. Although he had a good game against the Green Bay Packers, Winston Guy ends up getting cut. His inconsistency doesn't lend to a team that is trying to win a Super Bowl right now.

Special Teams (3)

Steven Hauschka

Clint Gresham

Jon Ryan

» No changes from last season as the kicker remains Hauschka, and the punting job goes to Ryan. Gresham stays in charge of the snaps.