Seahawks 53-Man Roster Prediction: Take 1

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Nov 29, 2015; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham (88) celebrates after a third quarter reception against the Pittsburgh Steelers at CenturyLink Field. Seattle defeated Pittsburgh, 39-30. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports /


Contenders: Brandon Cottom, Jimmy Graham, Cooper Helfet, Ronnie Shields, Nick Vannett, Brandon Williams, Luke Willson

Winners: Willson, Vannett, Cottom

Practice Squad: Shields

The Skinny:   I know, I know. Jimmy Graham was not forgotten. I just feel that Graham’s ruptured patella tendon from late November will not be 100% healed in early September. He is a prime candidate for the PUP list in which the player is shelved for the first 6 weeks of the regular season, allowing the team more time to make a decision on his availability for the second half of the year.

Vannett becomes an important player immediately, serving as the best in-line blocker of the bunch (which isn’t saying much, as none of the others possess that trait). Not having Graham early on allows another contestant to make the roster, and I give the nod to Cottom, who is working at tight end now but can also play fullback. Again, position versatility is a big asset to this coaching staff, as well as special teams contributions.

Shields makes the PS over Helfet because Helfet isn’t good at football and the team will want a body ready to go if another tight end gets hurt while Graham is already on the shelf.

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