Seattle Seahawks 53-Man Roster Set: Kevin Smith, Kasen Williams Waived From Roster

Seattle Seahawks roster cuts include Will Blackmon and Anthony McCoy now. The Seattle Seahawks’ 53-man roster was officially set on Saturday, September 5, with the front office making some tough cuts to get that number down. A report from the Seattle Times lays out which players made the initial 53-man roster and which players are likely looking for jobs elsewhere. There is a chance some of the players who didn’t make the roster will be brought back on the practice squad.

Among the players that didn’t make the cut were running back Robert Turbin, cornerback Will Blackmon, tight end Anthony McCoy, and cornerback Mohammed Seisay. In addition to the players that were cut or released, the Seahawks also placed 18 players on waivers. Any player that clears waivers can be re-signed by Seattle to the 10-man practice squad on Sunday (September 6). A few of the players now on waivers are linebacker Alex Singleton, receivers Kevin Smith and Kasen Williams, running back Rod Smith, and defensive end Julius Warmsley.

Though they didn’t make the Seattle Seahawks’ 53-man roster, rookies Kevin Smith and Kasen Williams showed a lot of progress during the NFL preseason that could win them spots on the practice squad. Smith caught six passes for 61 yards, while Williams had four catches for 58 yards and a touchdown in preseason action. Rod Smith ran for 70 yards on just 10 carries, giving him an average of seven yards per carry that might make him worth putting on the practice squad as well.

Quarterback R.J. Archer has also been placed on waivers, despite looking pretty good during four preseason games. He completed 32-of-58 passes for 291 yards and a touchdown. Archer didn’t throw an interception, but did get sacked eight times during his time on the field. He didn’t show off a lot of mobility, but getting placed on waivers shows that the front office and coaching staff may want him to join the practice squad as well.

Some players that did make it on the active roster are running backs Christine Michael and Thomas Rawls, tight end Cooper Helfet, linebacker Marcus Burley, defensive end Frank Clark, receiver Tyler Lockett, and corner back Tye Smith. The team keeps Tarvaris Jackson as the backup quarterback, holds on to five running backs, and is now down to just six receivers (including B.J. Daniels) as the regular season approaches. Possibly in an effort to keep depth in case Kam Chancellor doesn’t report, the Seattle Seahawks’ 53-man roster also has five cornerbacks and five safeties on it still.

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