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July 23, 2008 8:27 PM

Position paper: Linebacker

Posted by Danny O'Neil

Training camp is days away, but we'll get a running start by offering a rough sketch of the roster and how it breaks down position by position.

Let's start in the middle. In the middle of the defense that is, looking at the unit that was considered the weak point of the defense when Tim Ruskell took over as president in 2005 and is now a strength with a pair of Pro Bowlers in Julian Peterson and Lofa Tatupu and then there's Leroy Hill, a player whom some consider to be one of the more overlooked stars in the league.

The Seahawks have nine linebackers curently on the roster for training camp. Here's a breakdown with seasons of NFL experience listed in parentheses:

Returning players New players
Lofa Tatupu (3) Wesly Mallard (5)
Julian Peterson (8) D.D. Lewis (6)
Leroy Hill (3) Matt Costelo (R)
Lance Laury (2) David Hawthorne (R)
Will Herring (1)  


Now, here's a quick sketch of the roster history over the past six seasons, which shows that Seattle generally has seven linebackers on its final 53-man roster. That means there are four players competing for a total of two spots on the 53-man roster.

Lofa TatupuLofa TatupuLofa Tatupu
Julian PetersonJulian PetersonJamie Sharper
Leroy HillLeroy HillD.D. Lewis
Kevin BentleyKevin BentleyLeroy Hill
Niko KoutouvidesNiko KoutouvidesNiko Koutouvides
Lance LauryIsaiah KacyvenskiKevin Bentley
Will HerringD.D. LewisIsaiah Kacyvenski
Orlando HuffAnthony SimmonsAnthony Simmons
Isaiah KacyvenskiRandall GodfreyIsaiah Kacyvenski
Chad BrownChad BrownChad Brown
Niko KoutouvidesD.D. LewisMarcus Bell
Solomon BatesOrlando HuffOrlando Huff
Tracy WhiteIsaiah KacyvenskiTim Terry
Anthony SimmonsTracy WhiteD.D. Lewis
 Solomon Bates 


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