Seahawks are playing crazy eights at WR & OL

Crazy 8sTalk about crazy eights.

After placing backup center Lemuel Jeanpierre on injured reserve and re-signing wide receiver Phil Bates, the Seahawks suddenly have a very off-balance offense: eight receivers and just eight linemen.

In this case, eight is more than enough at receiver and not nearly enough on the offensive line.

Their only interior linemen are Stephen Schilling, a local product who now steps into the backup center spot behind Max Unger, and Alvin Bailey, who has worked at tackle all preseason but can play guard as well. So, the Hawks are pretty thin inside at the moment and seem very likely to add another lineman — especially given the injury history of James Carpenter and the tendency for Unger to miss a game or two a year with dings and nicks.

Caylin Hauptmann could be the top option. He spent last season with the Seahawks but was waived on the final cut last weekend. Cleveland picked him up but then waived him after he failed a physical. He seems like a logical choice, assuming the Hawks think he is healthy (not all teams have the same standards for physicals).

The Hawks also could look to Wade Smith, the veteran who was a late arrival to camp and let go in the first round of cuts. Greg Van Roten also was let go in those cuts.

Right now, their receiving corps is comprised of Harvin, Doug Baldwin, Jermaine Kearse, Bryan Walters, Ricardo Lockett, Bates and rookies Paul Richardson and Kevin Norwood.

As much as the Hawks like their receivers and probably want some backup in case of injuries (ahem, Percy Harvin), it seems pretty unfeasible to carry eight on a team that runs the ball as much as the Hawks do.

Meanwhile, in a bizarre flip, the rush-heavy Hawks have just three healthy running backs this week.

For a team that has been striving to find balance on offense, the Seahawks suddenly are very unbalanced in their roster numbers. And that surely will change.

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