Seattle’s first 53: Why & what else?

The Seahawks made two trades, cut Amara Darboh and Maurice Alexander, activated Dion Jordan and put three guys on IR as they hit 53 players Saturday.

They then dropped Rees Odhiambo and Branden Jackson on Sunday as they claimed guard Jordan Simmons (Raiders) and cornerback Simeon Thomas (Browns).

Last year, Seattle made a big trade (Sheldon Richardson). No such monster move this time, but they did make two deals to add a couple of local college products who could help at two of the four spots where the Hawks needed guys. John Schneider made three trades total in the last week, including adding QB Brett Hundley.

They acquired former WSU safety Shalom Luani from Oakland and then added former UW tight end Darrell Daniels from Indianapolis. Seattle gave up a seventh-rounder for Luani and now is without its second, sixth and seventh picks next year. For Daniels, Indy received Marcus Johnson, whom Seattle acquired from Philadelphia in the Michael Bennett trade in March.

The Hawks dropped Darboh a year after drafting him in the third round — he just couldn’t stay healthy in his 16 months with the team and was bumped by fellow 2017 draft pick David Moore. The Hawks ended up keeping just five receivers. Darboh was claimed by New England, making him an official bust for the Hawks. Keenan Reynolds was added to the practice squad.

The Seahawks placed Byron Maxwell on IR, but they also might be able to bring back another former Legion of Boomer as the Lions released DeShawn Shead. He technically should be a waiver player because he has only three years of service — his contract was supposed to toll because he spent most of last season on PUP, but John Schneider did him a favor and let him become a free agent. If he is free to sign anywhere, and if he’s healthy, you can bet he will come back to Seattle, which needs help at right corner and could use his safety experience.

The Hawks made an easy flip at edge rusher, with Jordan coming off PUP and Erik Walden going on IR. Walden was injured against Minnesota.

Here’s a look at the roster as it stands Monday night (updated):

Kept (2): Russell Wilson, Brett Hundley
IR: Austin Davis
Why & what else: Hundley is on a crash course to learn the offense, but he has all the time in the world because Wilson will start to get 90 percent of the reps from this point on. Alex McGough ended up on the practice squad — but the Hawks are paying him full rate. Davis must have suffered an injury against Oakland to end up on IR; he could take an injury settlement so he can hook up with another club.
Carroll on Hundley: “He got rid of the ball really quick today. I think what would be really impressive if you could see it, the way Schotty (Brian Schottenheimer) and Dave Canales have organized the process to get him ready to play this weekend. Very specific and very tuned in and he’s taken to it. He’s a really bright kid and he’s handled everything to this point so that he can go out on the field. He looks like he’s been playing with us; you couldn’t tell any difference.”

Kept (5): Chris Carson, Rashaad Penny, Mike Davis, C.J. Prosise, Tre Madden
IR: J.D. McKissic
Why & what else: The only question here was whether the Hawks would keep a fullback, and Madden indeed made it again. Penny’s got some catching up to do, so Davis figures to be the No. 2 to Carson in the first couple of games — with Penny getting splashed in on offense and also returning kicks. Prosise could find himself inactive a lot. McKissic (broken foot) was placed on IR, as expected, and will be able to return around midseason.

Kept (5): Doug Baldwin, Tyler Lockett, Jaron Brown, Brandon Marshall, David Moore
Why & what else: Darboh missed all of preseason and still had not been cleared by doctors, but he was healthy enough to be waived rather than put on IR. And the Hawks then lost him. The Hawks apparently didn’t like any of their other young receivers enough to keep six. But the five they have are all pretty good — and all they really need.
Carroll on keeping just five: “That position was a great position during camp. It was just so many guys that continued to make plays. If you looked at our last game, different guys are making big things happen. There was a lot of guys in the mix for us, and we could’ve gone a number of different ways. … (But) we felt really confident (with the five keepers).”

Kept (3): Nick Vannett, Will Dissly, Darrell Daniels
NFI: Ed Dickson
Why & what else: As expected, Dickson remained on NFI, which is why the Hawks acquired Daniels. Dickson is not eligible to return until Week 7, and he isn’t very happy about it. Vannett and Dissly will carry the load. Daniels also could help fill the fullback role, which Vannett had played a bit at the end of preseason.
Carroll on Dickson: “He just hasn’t been able to get (back). He’s had, really, three different things that bothered him in the process of trying to get back — all muscle-related issues — and just couldn’t get well. At this point, he’s not in shape enough.”
Carroll on Daniels: “We wanted to see that we had a guy that, from that spot, could play and could contribute on special teams. He easily can do that. And he’s a good blocker, a physical guy, and we like the opportunity to add him in.”

Kept (9): Duane Brown, Ethan Pocic, Justin Britt, D.J. Fluker, Germain Ifedi, George Fant, J.R. Sweezy, Joey Hunt, Jordan Simmons
IR: Jamarco Jones
Why & what else: Odhiambo became another third-round bust, dropped for Simmons. Pete Carroll said Sweezy (ankle) will be ready for the opener, and he might be needed if Fluker (hamstring) remains injured; Sweezy would start at right guard since Jordan Roos was waived and placed on the practice squad again. All of the guys they kept have promise under new coach Mike Solari. Ifedi (ankle) is worth monitoring — Fant could end up starting at right tackle in the opener. Either way, Fant is pushing for playing time, Carroll said. “It’s good for Germain to know somebody’s breathing down his neck.”
Carroll on Simmons: “Jordan had a difficult college career (at USC) in that he was banged up quite a bit. In his effort to get back (from an ACL injury), it took him a long time. He didn’t get all of the starts that you would like to see a guy get, but he’s played the last couple and looks like he’s back and really full-go. He’s a good technique guy. Tough, long, big (6-5, 335) — he’s all the right stuff. He just needed to get enough play time so that he could show that he can do it. I think we’re fortunate to get him.”

Kept (10): Frank Clark, Jarran Reed, Nazair Jones, Rasheem Green, Tom Johnson, Shamar Stephen, Quinton Jefferson, Poona Ford, Dion Jordan, Jacob Martin
IR: Erik Walden
Why & what else: Branden Jackson initially made it but then was waived when the team bumped to 10 defensive backs (we’ll see if Thomas sticks). This is easily the deepest position on the team, and Carroll and Schneider just kept their best players — including rookie UDFA Ford. We’ll see when Jordan returns, but the team obviously thinks it will be sometime in September. The Hawks still might add a pass rusher, especially if Jordan doesn’t come back well from the knee problem that kept him on PUP all preseason. We’ll see what Martin offers in the pass rush once the games count.
Carroll on Jordan: “We’re going to see how he does during the week. We’ll go one day at a time right now. It’s been a while for him to get back. He’s a fantastic player and contributor and so we just need to see him (play). … He had been working really hard to get to this point or we wouldn’t be able to even think like we’re thinking. … I’m not going to be opposed to playing him this weekend.”

Kept (6): Bobby Wagner, K.J. Wright, Barkevious Mingo, Shaquem Griffin, Austin Calitro, Jermaine Grace
Why & what else: Wagner and Wright have had a totally different crew around them in each of the past three years, but this is probably the most talented supporting bunch they have had. Griffin could start for Wright (knee) in Week 1 and/or 2, and Mingo will play SAM and rush the passer — a seemingly good addition as their No. 1 free-agent target. Calitro looked better and better as the preseason progressed and seems a solid backup MLB and special-teams player. Grace was added when McKissic was placed on IR.
Carroll on Wright: “You can’t even tell there’s anything wrong with him. When we talked about it could be a quick recovery, I’m surprised at how good he looks right now. He’s still got some swelling and some stuff he’s working on and all that, but this is a remarkable process he’s on. I don’t know why they knew that he could get back in a couple of weeks, but he’s got a shot. We’ll see.”

Kept (10): Shaquill Griffin, Bradley McDougald, Justin Coleman, Tre Flowers, Dontae Johnson, Tedric Thompson, Delano Hill, Neiko Thorpe, Shalom Luani, Simeon Thomas
IR: Byron Maxwell
Why & what else: It’s no surprise that Maxwell (hip) was put on IR, since he missed all of preseason with a hip injury. But Thorpe (wrist) managed to make it even though he didn’t play in the preseason either — and he was named a special-teams captain. Carroll said Johnson will start at RCB at Denver.
Carroll on Johnson: “We always kind of transform the guys into our-style guys, and it started way back when he was banged up for a good while and didn’t have a chance to really show it. But, once he did, he showed us that he had picked everything up, he had bought into the style that we want him to play. He’s been really consistent. He’s a big, good-looking kid out there on the spot and has given us the confidence to put him where we have.”
Carroll on Thomas: “You probably can see why we liked him once you meet him and shake hands with him. He shakes hands with you from about 10 feet away. He’s just a real profile guy for us (6-3 with 35-inch arms) and we liked him all the way through the draft (but drafted Flowers instead). … I was hoping we would have a shot to get him. When the opportunity opened up, we jumped at it.”
Carroll on Luani: “We like that he can contribute immediately on special teams. … He knows how to play free safety and strong safety featured by the way he runs and hits. We love that about his nature — a real natural football player. He should fit right in.”

Kept (3): Sebastian Janikowski, Michael Dickson, Tyler Ott
Why & what else: Dickson will be a big weapon, and we have to hope the creaky Janikowski doesn’t miss any more PATs or break his hip. As we said before, Schneider needs to have his Little Black Book of Kickers ready. Will he call ex-Dallas kicker Dan Bailey?


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