Moore: 6 notable names that may not make the Seahawks roster
The Seahawks will need to cut 37 players to get to the 53-man roster limit on Saturday, and it looks like the discarded list could feature several notable names.
• J.D. McKissic, RB: I’m guessing that one of the fastest players on the team will become one of the former fastest players on the team. Running back is one of the most competitive positions on the Seahawks roster, and I don’t think McKissic has done enough in training camp and preseason to stick around – particularly when there are other players that offer more value than McKissic as returners.
• DeShawn Shead, DB: The starters at the safety spots are Tedric Thompson and Bradley McDougald. The backups look to be a combination of Marquise Blair and Ugo Amadi. I’m not sure if Shalom Luani makes it, but he had a good game against the Raiders Thursday night. Shead might survive, and if he does, it will come at the expense of Lano Hill.
• Ed Dickson, TE: The veteran tight end was on the outside looking in when he was healthy, and following knee surgery he hasn’t been able to play. It certainly looks like the Seahawks will keep Nick Vannett, Will Dissly and Jacob Hollister, who had a touchdown catch Thursday night. If Dickson is cut, the Seahawks would save more than $3 million against the cap that could help in a possible pursuit of Jadeveon Clowney.
• Barkevious Mingo, LB/DE: Great special-teams player, but is that enough to keep a guy who also makes more than $3 million a year? I don’t think so. I have the feeling that Mingo will be one of the final cuts.
• Shaquem Griffin, LB: The Seahawks said they were going to turn him into a pass-rusher, but we haven’t seen much of him in the opposing backfields this month. And he doesn’t have great coverage skills as a linebacker either. Griffin hasn’t done enough to stay on the roster this year, especially with Ben Burr-Kirven shining like he did against the Raiders.
• Gary Jennings, WR: This is my shakiest cut of the six. A rookie receiver from West Virginia, Jennings may survive only because David Moore and DK Metcalf are nursing injuries, but he’s done little to justify being a fourth-round pick. Plus he’s battling a fourth-round receiver jinx that haunted Kevin Norwood, Chris Harper and Kris Durham before him.