The deadline has passed, and now all NFL teams have their roster down to 53 men. Practice squads have yet to be determined, as players are still going through waivers, but the core rosters are set. The following players are the last 22 cuts that GM John Schneider made:
Waived: RaShaun Allen, Akeem Auguste, Demetrius Bronson, Arceto Clark, B.J. Daniels, Caylin Hauptmann, Nate Isles, Patrick Lewis, Chris Matthews, Benson Mayowa, Terrance Parks, Morrell Presley, Terrelle Pryor, Andru Pulu, Kiero Small, Jimmy Staten, Steven Terrell, Korey Toomer, Bryan Walters, Spencer Ware
That leaves the official 53-man roster looking like this:
FB: Derrick Coleman
To be honest, there aren’t many surprises here. Some of the last 22 cuts that stood out to me were Benson Mayowa, Caylin Hauptmann, Jimmy Staten, and Korey Toomer. From my last piece, I said Mayowa and Toomer were both bubble guys who needed to impress. I get cutting Toomer because the guy just hasn’t been able to stay on the field long enough to justify taking up a roster spot. Toomer does have nice ability when healthy, so the linebacker will definitely be picked up by another team.
I liked what Mayowa had shown during the Bears game. He showed some nice athleticism and tackling ability, and Mayowa illustrated that he could be a defensive end who could hold his own in zone coverage. Greg Scruggs, however, was more impressive on the line of scrimmage, so that’s likely why Scruggs made the cut. Mayowa should not hang his head for long, though: he’ll make it somewhere else.
Hauptmann looked like a capable backup when James Carpenter was battling an injury during the summer, but with the number of tackles who impressed, like Garry Gilliam, it made more sense to keep one more tackle than a guard. Unfortunately, the young Hauptmann gets the short end of the stick. He did make a strong case for his NFL future, and someone else really ought to give him a shot.
Staten was one of three fifth round draft picks this year, and it’s always a little sad when a draft pick can’t make it right away. In this particular case, I cannot say I’m saddened. To me, Staten didn’t really have a prayer from the second he arrived. His fate was somewhat sealed with the signing of veteran Kevin Williams, and Jordan Hill’s strong camp made it more of an uphill battle for Staten. His future is a little murkier; he didn’t do that much in the preseason to warrant being claimed this year.
These cuts are now in the past, and the final 53-man roster looks special. Seven wide receivers say that the Seahawks might be more willing to open up the passing game this year. Defensive line looks extremely potent across the board, and that depth will be crucial to Seattle’s defensive success, just as it was last year.
But what’s the best news coming out of all these cuts? The regular season is almost upon us. The 12th man need only wait until Thursday night to see these final 53 men in action.
I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’m excited.