The roster is set. The position battles decided. The dead weight traded to Buffalo or toppled in the first reduction. The veterans are glad the preseason is over. The rookies are anxious for the regular season to begin. A 4-0 streak was nice, but as Mora was so kind to point out in 2009, it’ll mean little come day one. Carroll is nothing if not unconventional, so it’s to be expected that the final cuts of 2012 would have a surprise or two.
The first major surprise is that the Seahawks will begin the regular season with only two QBs on the roster. Unconventional, yes, but hardly a stretch when both of your QBs are league quality starters. And how often does a team need to dip into the third string in a season anyway? The injury bug rarely bites as hard as it did in Houston last year and if the bug lands in Seattle, Case Keenum is free.
It’s tough to see Deon Butler go but not too big of a surprise. Most players never recover from a broken leg and Butler looked like he had sneaky potential before he broke his.
Ricardo Lockette’s dismissal is surprising considering his rise at the end of last season and the plans to use his crazy speed, 4.37 40, as a steady deep threat. It’s clear that Braylon Edwards played his heart out to secure his spot on the team but keeping the mediocre Obomanu over Lockette is a bit of a head-scratcher.
It looked like Taua was going to make the squad after his rolling performance against the Raiders but Lumpkin shores up a powerful set of runners.
The best surprise is a pleasant one in that only one member of the 2012 draft class failed to make the team: Korey Toomer. If not for Marshawn, Lynch it would be said that the first four picks of the draft, Irvin, Wagner, Wilson, and Turbin, would be starting. Howard is a young force on the inside line and Lane is another athletic aggressive CB for a marquee secondary. And Sweezy is reportedly fitting in nicely on the other side of the ball. The Seahawks were much criticized for some of their “reach” picks this year but it’s clear that Carroll continues to seek draftees that can contribute immediately.
We’ll undoubtedly see some of those cut returned via the practice squad; possibly Taua and Portis and hopefully Lockette for example, but in the meantime Pete Carroll and John Schneider have built an amazingly strong roster in just over two years. One that stands poised and ready to recapture the NFC West title. The countdown to September 9 is on. Go Seahawks!