Danny O'Neil covers the Seahawks for The Seattle Times.
July 23, 2008 8:27 PM
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 Tatupu||Lofa Tatupu||Lofa Tatupu|
|Julian Peterson||Julian Peterson||Jamie Sharper|
|Leroy Hill||Leroy Hill||D.D. Lewis|
|Kevin Bentley||Kevin Bentley||Leroy Hill|
|Niko Koutouvides||Niko Koutouvides||Niko Koutouvides|
|Lance Laury||Isaiah Kacyvenski||Kevin Bentley|
|Will Herring||D.D. Lewis||Isaiah Kacyvenski|
|Orlando Huff||Anthony Simmons||Anthony Simmons|
|Isaiah Kacyvenski||Randall Godfrey||Isaiah Kacyvenski|
|Chad Brown||Chad Brown||Chad Brown|
|Niko Koutouvides||D.D. Lewis||Marcus Bell|
|Solomon Bates||Orlando Huff||Orlando Huff|
|Tracy White||Isaiah Kacyvenski||Tim Terry|
|Anthony Simmons||Tracy White||D.D. Lewis|
Jul 23, 08 - 08:27 PM
Position paper: Linebacker