So now comes the really hard work for Seahawks coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider.
The minute Thursday night’s 17-15 preseason finale win against the Raiders ended, Carroll, Schneider and the rest of the team’s scouts began making the final calls on who to keep and who to cut. As is the case most seasons and with most teams, the reality is that most of the calls were made long ago, which is why both the Seahawks and Raiders suited up barely more than half of their players Thursday.
But the decisions that remain figure to keep Schneider and Carroll and the rest relatively sleepless in Seattle for most of the next few days.
The cutdown to 53 must be made by 1 p.m. Saturday, but then the Seahawks will begin to pore over the list of those cut by other teams to see if there’s anyone they want, and then try to quickly assemble their own 10-man practice squad — those players can begin signing on Sunday.
Here’s my last updated look at how I think it may all come together.
♦ Keep: Russell Wilson, Geno Smith.
♦ Cut: Paxton Lynch, J.T. Barrett.
♦ Keep: Chris Carson, Rashaad Penny, C.J. Prosise, Nick Bellore, Travis Homer.
♦ Cut: J.D. McKissic, Xavier Turner, Bo Scarbrough.
♦ Keep: Tyler Lockett, DK Metcalf, Gary Jennings, David Moore, Jaron Brown, John Ursua.
♦ Cut: Jazz Ferguson, Terry Wright, Malik Turner, Keenan Reynolds, Kahlil Lewis, Nyqwan Murray.
♦ Keep: Will Dissly, Nick Vannett, Jacob Hollister.
♦ Cut: Ed Dickson, Jackson Harris, Wes Saxton.
♦ Keep: Duane Brown, D.J. Fluker, Justin Britt, Mike Iupati, Germain Ifedi, George Fant, Ethan Pocic, Jamarco Jones, Marcus Martin.
♦ Cut: Joey Hunt, Landon Turner, Brian Wallace, Jordan Roos, Elijah Nkansah, Jordan Simmons, Will Holden.
♦ Physically unable to perform (PUP) list: Phil Haynes.
♦ Keep: Ezekiel Ansah, L.J. Collier, Poona Ford, Al Woods, Quinton Jefferson, Rasheem Green, Cassius Marsh, Jacob Martin, Jamie Meder.
♦ Cut: Branden Jackson, Barkevious Mingo. Bryan Mone, Earl Mitchell, Logan Tago.
♦ Suspended list: Jarran Reed.
♦ PUP list: Demarcus Christmas.
♦ Keep: Bobby Wagner, K.J. Wright, Mychal Kendricks, Austin Calitro, Cody Barton, Ben Burr-Kirven.
♦ Cut: Shaquem Griffin, Justin Currie, Jawuan Johnson, Juwon Young.
♦ Keep: Shaquill Griffin, Tre Flowers, Akeem King, Neiko Thorpe, Jamar Taylor.
♦ Cut: Jeremy Boykins, Simeon Thomas.
♦ Keep: Bradley McDougald, Tedric Thompson, Marquise Blair, Ugo Amadi, Lano Hill.
♦ Cut: DeShawn Shead, Shalom Luani.
♦ Keep: PK Jason Myers, P Michael Dickson, LS Tyler Ott.