SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

Seahawks still have questions at last WR spot ahead of preseason finale

Aug 30, 2017, 11:15 AM | Updated: 11:19 am
seahawks wide receivers, wide receiver, seahawks, amara darboh, kasen williams...
The Seahawks have eight receivers vying for two spots on the 53-man roster. (AP)
(AP)

The Seahawks have some big decisions to make ahead of Saturday’s cutdown to the final 53-man roster. All eyes have been on the battle at running back and shuffling on the offensive line, but another group will be cut nearly in half at the end of the week: the wide receiver group.

There, questions linger about whether Kasen Williams is a lock after a big preseason and whether second-year player Tanner McEvoy will threaten newly-drafted rookie Amara Darboh for a spot on the roster.

Clayton: Position battles to watch in Seahawks’ preseason finale

Speaking with reporters Tuesday afternoon, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson said this year’s group of wide receivers is the most talented yet for Seattle. There are currently 12 players vying for a spot  – though to be fair, the bulk of the players will battle it out for one open spot at the bottom of the lineup. Veterans Doug Baldwin, Tyler Lockett, Paul Richardson and Jermaine Kearse are secure, while the fates of the remaining players are up in the air.

Rookie Amara Darboh is a tricky one. While it’s a rare occasion for a rookie drafted in the third round or higher to be cut, the Seahawks have been known to favor players that can help them regardless of draft position. Darboh has certainly had impressive moments in camp and is unlikely to lose his spot, but McEvoy has at least been making a case through a strong performance in the third preseason game (two catches for 43 yards and a touchdown) and a solid training camp.

There’s also been a good deal of buzz surrounding former Washington standout Williams, who has spent the last two seasons on the practice squad. His ability to be plugged in on special teams might just cement his spot on the roster. His big catches in the preseason are also a consideration – though not for an obvious reason.

“I think a bigger part of (the decisions about which receivers make it to the final roster spot) will be who they think they can get away with on the practice squad,” 710 ESPN Seattle’s Bob Stelton said.

Williams may have slipped through waivers in years past, but other teams may be eyeing him now that he has more experience and his own preseason highlight reel, which would make it less likely the Seahawks could push him back on to the practice squad without losing him to another team.

Seattle’s cast of Williams, Darboh, McEvoy, Kenny Lawler, Cyril Grayson, David Moore, Darreus Rogers and Rodney Smith will have one last chance to make their case when the Seahawks take on the Raiders in Oakland in Thursday’s preseason finale.

Seattle Seahawks

Seahawks Lions...
The Associated Press

Seahawks cooking on offense but getting burned on defense

While the Geno Smith-led Seahawks rolled up 555 yards, the third most in franchise history, the defense allowed 520 yards to a depleted Detroit offense.
2 days ago
Seahawks Coby Bryant...
Brandon Gustafson

Bump: Seahawks’ struggling D has bright spots in rookies Bryant, Woolen

Despite a down game from the defense, two Seahawks rookies stepped up with big plays against the Lions in the 48-45 win.
3 days ago
Seahawks Geno Smith...
Brandon Gustafson

Carroll: How Geno, Waldron had Seahawks’ offense ‘ripping’ vs Lions

After the Seahawks' 48-45 win over the Lions, Pete Carroll hit the Seattle Sports airwaves to discuss his offense, especially Geno Smith.
3 days ago
Seahawks Geno Smith...
Stacy Rost

Rost: Seahawks’ struggles on D aren’t surprising, but offense masking that is

That the Seahawks' D has struggled isn’t news. That the offense has been good enough to distract everyone from that is a surprise, though.
3 days ago
Seahawks...
SeattleSports.com Staff

Seahawks Instant Reaction: Seattle Sports on 48-45 win over Lions

The voices of Seattle Sports weigh in on the Seahawks' 48-45 win over the Detroit Lions on Sunday in Week 4 of the NFL season.
4 days ago
Seahawks Geno Smith...
Brandon Gustafson

Let Geno Cook? Seahawks’ opened-up offense shining with Smith at helm

After two conservative games to open the season, the Seahawks and Geno Smith have drastically improved offensively, especially in Week 4.
4 days ago
Seahawks still have questions at last WR spot ahead of preseason finale