10 Sep 2008
Actually, the Seahawks made three cuts, but one seems reasonable: Punter Ryan Plackemeier was cut after a horrible game against Buffalo (including a pair of 22-yard punts, plus being partially responsible for Roscoe Parrish's touchdown return), and Seattle immediately signed Jon Ryan to replace him. Fine.
From there it gets bizarre. Rookie Justin Forsett, a seventh-round running back out of Cal, was let go. Forsett shined in the preseason as a runner, receiver, and kick returner. With top punt returner Nate Burleson out for the year and top running back Mo Morris out for at least a few weeks, you might think Forsett would help out in one or both of those roles. You would be wrong. Forsett also got the ax.
Wait! There's more! Wide receiver Jordan Kent, a sixth-round draft choice in 2007, spent all of last season on Seattle's practice squad. He played his first NFL game in Buffalo on Sunday, and failed to catch a pass. And now he is unemployed. With Kent looking for work, Burleson going on injured reserve, and Bobby Engram and Deion Branch still recovering from offseason injuries, here is a COMPLETE LIST of wide receivers on Seattle's roster who will be healthy enough to play in Seattle's home opener against San Francisco on Sunday:
THAT'S IT. They also have Michael Bumpus, an undrafted rookie from Washington State, on their practice squad, and will likely activate him for Sunday. And there's always Seneca Wallace -- unless Matt Hasselbeck's back injury kicks in.
Forsett and Kent were released to make room for Jordan Babineaux and Rocky Bernard, each of whom had been suspended for the opener (Babineaux for a substance abuse violation, Bernard for an arrest on a domestic violence charge). Bernard in particular should be a big boost for the defense, but the Seahawks may have to win a lot of 6-3 games to return to the playoffs.
23 comments, Last at 11 Sep 2008, 10:14am by Yaguar
Possibly the closest Super Bowl matchup in history also poses the question: how much does it mean when certain aspects of an NFL team improve dramatically in the second half of the season?