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Seahawks roster analysis

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Seattle is in fine shape here with Russell Wilson backed up by 2011 starter Tarvaris Jackson, who led the NFL in quarterback rating during the exhibition season. While some will wonder if Wilson will stumble a bit in his second year, the Seahawks are confident he won’t.

Running back

Seattle has one of the deepest groups of running backs in the NFL, led by veteran Marshawn Lynch and backed up by second-year player Robert Turbin and rookie Christine Michael.

Tight ends

Zach Miller used the offseason to get over nagging foot injuries and appears healthy again entering the season, giving the Seahawks a solid starter — recall Miller saved his best for last a year ago with 12 receptions in the playoffs. Depth is a question, though, with only rookie Luke Willson backing up.

Wide receiver

If Percy Harvin were healthy, Seattle would have one of the best receiving corps in the NFL. As is, it should be fine if Sidney Rice staves off injury and with Golden Tate and Doug Baldwin seeming primed for good seasons.

Offensive line

Seattle returns all five starters at the same spots from the line that ended the 2012 season on a roll, anchored by center Max Unger and left tackle Russell Okung.

Defensive line

This is the biggest question mark on the team entering the season, due largely to nagging health concerns that have left the line in constant flux throughout camp. If ends Chris Clemons and Cliff Avril return to health, though, this has the makings of a solid unit.


Bobby Wagner is back to man the middle after a revelatory rookie season. The other two spots changed, however, with Leroy Hill gone and K.J. Wright moving from the strongside to the weakside to take his place, and Malcolm Smith becoming the starter on the strong side. Bruce Irvin, though, will add to that competition when he returns from suspension in Week 5.


The Legion of Boom — cornerbacks Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner, free safety Earl Thomas and strong safety Kam Chancellor — returns intact, and that’s enough to have this group considered the best in the NFL.

Special teams

The three specialists return from a year ago — punter Jon Ryan, kicker Steven Hauschka and snapper Clint Gresham. Hauschka showed a stronger leg in the exhibition season than a year ago. Expect Golden Tate to take over punt-return duties.

Bob Condotta

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