NFL teams — currently at 75 players — have to get down to 53 by 1 p.m. Saturday.
The Seahawks have about 10-11 spots up for grabs, with almost half of those being hotly contested in the secondary.
Among the DBs, Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas, Cary Williams and DeShawn Shead seem like locks, with Dion Bailey very likely to make it, too.
That leaves — realistically — seven players battling for four or five secondary spots: corners Will Blackmon, Tye Smith, Tharold Simon, Marcus Burley and Mohammed Seisay and safeties Steven Terrell and Ronald “Buck” Martin.
Many assume Blackmon is a lock for the nickel role, but that’s not necessarily true. Burley and Smith can play the role as well, and they are cheaper and under club control for longer than Blackmon.
Pete Carroll said he looks forward to all of the DBs showing what they can do vs. Oakland.
“Guys are going to get significant playing time where they really can get out there on the field,” he said. “It’s going to be a big game for Tharold Simon to show where he is; he had a very good first game. This will be a very big game for Mohammed Seisay to get a chance to play finally; he’s been banged up. Will Blackmon will play a good deal of minutes.
“These guys are going to get some really significant playing time — of course, the safeties, too — so this is a very important game.”
The battle for the sixth wide receiver spot (assuming Chris Matthews is locked at No. 5) seemingly is down to B.J. Daniels and former Huskies Kevin Smith and Kasen Williams. Daniels seems to have the edge based on his multiplicity of skills.
The tight end battle is between Anthony McCoy and Cooper Helfet, who both have contributed to the team in the past but also have been hurt by injuries.
The defensive line probably has two availabilities, with Demarcus Dobbs, Jesse Williams, David King, Julius Warmsley, Obum Gwacham and T.Y. McGill battling for them.
At running back, the Hawks will have to decide what to do about Robert Turbin, who is out with a high ankle sprain. If he stays on the 53-man roster, it surely will mean Will Tukuafu won’t make the team as the Hawks will need another tailback. If Turbin goes on IR, the Hawks will have a spot for Tukuafu or another player — possibly Fred Jackson after Week 1.
The first eight on the offensive line seem set, with Alvin Bailey, Patrick Lewis and Mark Glowinski backing up the revamped starting five. If the Hawks keep nine, we could easily see them adding a player cut by another team — either next week or after Week 1.
Here are our projections heading into tonight’s game:
Depth chart: Russell Wilson, Tarvaris Jackson, R.J. Archer
Projected (2): Wilson, Jackson
Depth chart: Marshawn Lynch, Robert Turbin, Christine Michael, Derrick Coleman (FB), Will Tukuafu (FB)
Rookies: Thomas Rawls, Rod Smith
Projected (5): Lynch, Turbin, Michael, Coleman, Tukuafu
Depth chart: Doug Baldwin, Jermaine Kearse, Paul Richardson, Kevin Norwood, Ricardo Lockette, Chris Matthews, Kevin Smith, B.J. Daniels
Rookies: Tyler Lockett, Kasen Williams
Projected (6): Baldwin, Lockett, Kearse, Lockette, Matthews, Daniels
Depth chart: Jimmy Graham, Luke Willson, Anthony McCoy, Cooper Helfet, RaShaun Allen
Projected (3): Graham, Willson, McCoy
Depth chart: LT Russell Okung, LG Justin Britt, RG J.R. Sweezy, RT Garry Gilliam, C Drew Nowak, OT Alvin Bailey, C Patrick Lewis, OG Will Pericak, OG Keavon Milton
Rookies: OG Terry Poole, OG Mark Glowinski, C Kristjan Sokoli
Projected (9): Okung, Britt, Nowak, Sweezy, Gilliam, Bailey, Lewis, Glowinski, Poole
Veterans: Michael Bennett, Cliff Avril, Brandon Mebane, Ahtyba Rubin, Jordan Hill, Cassius Marsh, Demarcus Dobbs, Jesse Williams, David King, Julius Warmsley
Rookies: Frank Clark, Obum Gwacham, T.Y. McGill
Projected (9): Bennett, Avril, Mebane, Rubin, Hill, Clark, Marsh, Dobbs, McGill
Veterans: Bobby Wagner, K.J. Wright, Bruce Irvin, Mike Morgan, Kevin Pierre-Louis, Brock Coyle, Eric Pinkins
Rookies: Alex Singleton, Tyrell Adams
Projected (6): Wagner, Wright, Irvin, Morgan, Pierre-Louis, Coyle
LEGION OF BOOM
Veterans: Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor, Cary Williams; CBs Will Blackmon, Tharold Simon, Jeremy Lane, Marcus Burley, Mohammed Seisay, Doug McNeil; safeties DeShawn Shead, Steven Terrell, Dion Bailey
Rookies: CB Tye Smith; safeties Ryan Murphy, Keenan Lambert, Ronald Martin
Projected (10): CBs Sherman, Williams, Blackmon, Smith, Simon, Burley; safeties Thomas, Shead, Bailey, Martin.
Projected practice squad: DT Williams, CB McNeil, S Murphy, DE Gwacham, LB Pinkins, OL Sokoli, OG Milton, WR Smith, WR Williams, DT King