The Seahawks signed two safeties at the start of Organized Team Activities, Jordan Simone and Marcus Cromartie. They waived fan-favorite Troymaine Pope and aptly named Speedy Noil to make room on the roster.
Jordan Simone earned a roster spot on the Seahawks as a tryout player at rookie minicamp. Simone attended Skyline High School in Sammamish and earned All-Pac 12 Honorable Mentions in 2014 and 2015 in as a walk-on at Arizona State.
Simone will try to walk-on to the Seahawks secondary, which received a big boost from the NFL Draft in April.
Marcus Cromartie is a former Charger, Brown, Bill, and 49er with one NFL start on his resume: back in 2015 with San Francisco. Cromartie was likely signed to push others at camp, but as we know with Pete Carroll and his staff, everyone has a chance to compete and prove they can play.
Get to work, indeed. Both Simone and Cromartie (despite his famous name) are longshots to make this Seahawks roster, which appears, before the normal spate of injuries, to be loaded with defensive backs. Even Earl Thomas appears nearly ready to knock heads off, which is…..scary for the rest of the NFL.
But the Carroll and defensive coordinator Kris Richard can never have too many defensive backs for their various plans and schemes.
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To make room for Simone and Cromartie, the Seahawks waived Undrafted Free Agent Speedy Noil, a wide receiver out of Texas A&M who is indeed speedy.
General Manager John Schneider, Carroll, and company also cut fan-favorite running back Troymaine Pope. Pope’s BeastMode-esque running style endeared himself to many Seahawks fans’ hearts last season. Seattle cutting him means its satisfied with the depth at running back already on the team. Eddie Lacy bolsters a solid duo of Thomas Rawls and C.J. Prosise. Together, if they stay healthy and within their weight limits, they could form a dangerous hydra in the backfield.
The new safeties will be thrown to the lions throughout Seahawks workouts this summer as the team prepares for 2017. Perhaps one or both will make the team by the end of Training Camp. If either of them do, they will have seriously earned it.