The bottom of the roster is going to change over the next week and beyond, but once the Seahawks finally announced their initial 53 (and the corrections that followed), a few things were immediately clear:
**They powered up their defensive line with former first-round picks Sheldon Richardson and Marcus Smith, who replaced Ahtyba Rubin and Cassius Marsh. But they have only eight linemen for now.
**They switched up at backup quarterback, going with the safer Austin Davis over the mercurial Trevone Boykin.
**They kept 10 offensive linemen for now, with undrafted guard Jordan Roos making it and the Hawks acquiring Isaiah Battle from Kansas City. That seems likely to change.
**Seattle upset a few people by not keeping local favorite Kasen Williams. He and Pierre Desir were initially listed as waived/injured, but the team apparently screwed up. Both were just waived — no injuries.
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Last year proved pretty definitively that backup QB is one of the least important positions in Seattle.
They went with a rookie behind Russell Wilson, who then refused to miss a start despite major knee and ankle sprains that had him functioning at around 50 percent or less for much of the season.
If Wilson didn’t miss a game last year, it seems unlikely he will ever miss one (barring an ACL injury or something similarly major).
So this summer’s battle between incumbent No. 2 Trevone Boykin and Austin Davis is not really a big thing. Still, the Hawks need a second passer and need to make a choice.
The question Seattle coaches must ask themselves: Do they want a guy who makes big plays both ways or a guy who makes smart plays? Because that is the difference between Boykin and Davis.
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Rees Odhiambo was “very solid” in his first game taking over for George Fant, Pete Carroll said.
Chris Carson looked very capable of being the starting running back, as we think he will at some point.
Jermaine Kearse had his best game of the preseason, after seemingly being pushed aside by Kasen Williams.
Austin Davis outplayed Trevone Boykin, but Carroll made it sound like that didn’t matter.
J.D. McKissic showed his versatility, and Bob Condotta continues to think he will make the team.
The running game looked the best yet.
Russell Wilson made a bad decision/throw on a near-pick, but he otherwise has had a great preseason.
David Bass continues to make a strong push for a roster spot.
Call it the YCK bug. This whole Colin Kaepernick drama is as much a non-issue as Y2K was.
Kaepernick was never going to challenge Russell Wilson for the Seahawks’ starting quarterback job — he’s simply not good enough — and Pete Carroll decided the controversial former 49er was not a fit for Seattle even as a backup.
Whether Carroll didn’t think he fit Seattle’s offense or whether the coach simply didn’t feel like adding more potential drama to a locker room already teeming with it, he made the right choice.
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