October 18, 2021

A Position By Position Look At The Seahawks Initial 2021 Roster – Seahawks.com


Tight End (3): Gerald Everett, Will Dissly, Colby Parkinson

Everett, Dissly and Parkinson were the expected trio all along, but the only real question was whether or not the Seahawks might keep a fourth tight end, particularly with Parkinson still sidelined with a foot injury. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll hasn’t ruled out a Week 1 return for Parkinson, and the fact that the Seahawks didn’t keep another player at this spot would seem to indicate his return will come soon.

Offensive Line (11): Duane Brown, Brandon Shell, Cedric Ogbuehi, Jamarco Jones, Jake Curhan, Stone Forsythe, Gabe Jackson, Damien Lewis, Ethan Pocic, Kyle Fuller, Phil Haynes

The Seahawks have usually carried nine or 10 linemen, but they like their depth both at tackle and the interior line, and the emergence of undrafted rookie tackle Jake Curhan made it even harder to trim the roster any further.

Defensive Line (10): Carlos Dunlap II, Kerry Hyder Jr., Darrell Taylor, L.J. Collier, Rasheem Green, Benson Mayowa, Alton Robinson, Poona Ford, Al Woods, Bryan Mone

The Seahawks for now have only three defensive tackles in Ford, Woods and Mone, but they also have used players like Collier, Green and Hyder as interior linemen, particularly in pass-rush situations. Taylor is in line to be the starting strongside linebacker, and Robinson has worked at that spot too, and both will also feature in the pass-rush rotation.

Linebacker (3): Bobby Wagner, Jordyn Brooks, Cody Barton

On the surface this looks like a problem—teams need more than three linebackers—but it’s worth remembering that, as mentioned earlier, Bellore has been at linebacker for most of training camp and the preseason and has played very well there, and that Taylor and Robinson, though listed as ends, also play strongside linebacker, so even with only three players listed as linebacker, the Seahawks are essentially two deep at all three spots.

Cornerback (4): Ahkello Witherspoon, Tre Flowers, D.J. Reed, Tre Brown

Again, the expectation is that former Husky Sidney Jones joins this group soon, and the four players kept were the four most likely to stick around. But while predicting who made the team might not have been that tricky, what’s still unknown is who of those players will be starting when the season begins. Also worth noting is that Marquise Blair and Ugo Amadi are the top two players at the nickel spot, so while four cornerbacks might not seem like a lot, the positional flexibility of those two makes the secondary deeper.

Safety (5): Jamal Adams, Quandre Diggs, Marquise Blair, Ugo Amadi, Ryan Neal

Another position that went as expected. The Seahawks have one of the best safety duos in Adams and Diggs, and a more than capable backup in Neal, who started four games in place of Adams last seasons. Blair and Amadi have split time between safety and the nickel spot in camp so whichever of them doesn’t win the nickel job will also be available at safety.

Specialists (3): K Jason Myers, P Michael Dickson, LS Tyler Ott

There was zero mystery about these spots heading into cut day, not just because Myers, Dickson and Ott were the only players at their respective positions, but also because they’re three of the very best at their jobs in the NFL, with each having a Pro-Bowl on his resume, and in the case of Dickson, first-team All-Pro honors in 2018.