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Seattle Seahawks projected 53-man roster


Will they keep seven wide receivers?

Will they have an actual fullback this season?

And still most vexing and potentially damaging of all: Where is the pass rush going to come from?

The transitioning Seahawks have so many questions to answer in the next 24 hours before they must cut their 90-man preseason roster to 53 players for the start of the regular season.

“I’m excited about getting to our 53,” Pete Carroll said at the end of his ninth preseason as Seattle’s coach. “We really like the guys that we have and the guys that can play for us in spots. We’ve got roles for guys to take over. We’ve got a real clear thought about what we’re doing with a lot of stuff.

“It’s really exciting that we’re to that point now—and we have not been able to show you, we have not been able to put it out in front—but we know what we’re doing with this and we’re excited about this. And we’re looking forward to getting it all pared down.

“And away we go.”

They still need to determine their starter at right cornerback, too. That decision has veteran Byron Maxwell’s roster spot in serious jeopardy. Maxwell didn’t play in any of the four preseason games because of a hip-flexor injury.

When Carroll was asked about cornerback opposite starter Shaquill Griffin late Thursday night following the preseason finale against Oakland, the coach said: “Both Dontae (Johnson) and Tre (Flowers, the rookie draft choice) have played really good on the other side.”

A minute later Carroll said: “Without Maxy having a spot to compete for it, he’s been hurt all camp, Dontae did really well. “

Here are my projections of the 53-man roster, due to be set by the league deadline of 1 p.m. Saturday

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Former Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Jaron Brown (18) stretches for a touchdown in the first quarter of Thursday’s final preseason game for the Seahawks against Oakland. Though the play was called back after a holding penalty on tackle Isaiah Battle, Brown had already done plenty this preseason to win a spot on the 53-man roster for the regular season the Seahawks must set by Saturday at 1 p.m.

Joshua Bessex [email protected]

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