As the Seahawks get ready for their final preseason game, at least 22 of them are playing their final game for Seattle.
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.”
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