Seahawks making cuts to get younger and down to 53 players

 

The Seattle Seahawks are making roster cuts this week to establish their 53 man roster by Friday. Right now there are 75 players on the preseason roster down from 90 a few short days ago.

If one thing is evident about the intentions of the Seahawks, it is that the team wants to build a younger unit on both sides of the ball.

Rookie Quarterback Russell Wilson started the Seattle youth movement by beating out Matt Flynn as the starting QB, which after the Wilson news came news that Tarvaris Jackson had been traded to the Buffalo Bills for a mid to late round draft pick.

Moving more pieces for youth, free agent Barrett Ruud was traded to the New Orleans Saints to back up injured Linebacker Curtis Lofton. The Seahawks are reportedly getting an undisclosed draft pick for Ruud’s services.

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Ruud was expendable due to the performance of rookie Bobby Wagner. Wagner, the Seahawks second round draft pick out of Utah State was selected 47th overall in the NFL Draft. That made Wagner the highest selected Utah St. player ever drafted into the NFL.

Another Utah State Aggie drafted by the Seahawks this year Robert Turbin, could be another player to unseat a veteran starter in Seattle; Marshawn Lynch. Lynch will be facing a suspension this season for an offseason arrest, which will give young RBs Gregg Lumpkin and Turbin more opportunities to replace the aging Lynch.  

Seventh round draft pick J.R. Sweezy, a former teammate of Russell Wilson’s at North Carolina State, has impressed coaches during the preseason, enough so that the Seahawks have released veteran Defensive Lineman Deuce Lutui.

The Seahawks urgency to get younger may be to play to the strengths of Head Coach Pete Carroll. For much of the 2000’s Carroll was one of the best coaches in the NCAA at developing young talent to its fullest potential developing players like Carson Palmer, Troy Polamalu and Reggie Bush. 

Terrell Owens' NFL return lasted less than three weeks.

Owens was released by the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, part of the league-mandated roster reductions from 90 to 75 players….More at Seattle Seahawks cut Terrell Owens, trade Tarvaris Jackson to Buffalo Bills – OregonLive.com

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