Now that we're one day removed from the final roster cuts, it's now time for the, uh, well, what would you call them? The final final cuts? Post-final cuts? Maybe we should just start referring to the final roster cut as the penultimate cut1?
Anyway, the Seahawks have begun working the waiver wire, claiming K Steven Hauschka off waivers from the Broncos, OT Jarriel King off waivers from the Giants, DL Landon Cohen off waivers from the Patriots, and DT Al Woods off waivers from the Buccaneers. All four are young, decent players with plenty of potential. To make room for them, the Seahawks cut K Jeff Reed, DT Junior Siavii, LB David Vobora, and seventh round pick DL Lazarius Levingston.
On the whole, I like these moves. Trading out Reed for Hauschka is an upgrade; Reed didn't do so well on his kickoff distances despite kicking from the 35, and Hauschka is comfortably accurate and strong-legged enough that he started his NFL career as a kickoff/long field goal specialist for the Ravens in 2008. Granted, Hauschka struggled after replacing Matt Stover as the full-time kicker in 2009 and was eventually released, but he performed well as an injury replacement for the Broncos last year.
Trading out Siavii for two younger d-line backups is also a good move. Siavii was in the same mold as Colin Cole, an aging vet who was decent against the run but didn't bring much to the table as a pass rusher. Seeing Levingston also get cut is less good, but as a seventh round pick we all knew he was coming in as a developmental prospect. If Cohen and Woods are more play-ready than Levingston, then it makes sense to move Pep to the practice squad so they can coach him up for awhile (provided he clears waivers).
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Then there's OT Jarriel King, who's a guy I'd never heard of before. Thankfully, the guys over at Field Gulls dug up this scouting profile on King. The write-up describes King as having plenty of potential, but that guard may be a better fit for him. It also sounds like he went undrafted largely due to a potential heart condition, so hopefully the team doctor will be extra thorough in examining him.
I don't like losing Vobora; he's serviceable as a backup, and he brought something to the table on special teams. However, linebacker was not exactly a position of need for the team, and Vobora was only going to stay as long as his roster spot wasn't needed for a guy with more potential. In short, his eventually getting cut was always more a question of when than if.
As for the practice squad, the Seahawks have already filled four of its eight vacancies, signing speed demon WR Ricardo Lockette, TE/WR/DE/? Jameson Konz, verstatile DB Josh "I'm the new Babineaux" Pinkard, and WR Owen Spencer (I guess I should stop being lazy and go learn something about him now). Field Gulls is reporting that DE Maurice Fountain has also been signed, but I haven't been able to confirm that yet. No word yet on S Mark LeGree, however.
Man, I never would've guessed that one day I'd be citing Twitter so often as a news source.
UPDATE: Fountain's signing to the practice squad has now been confirmed by Seahawks.com. They also report that G Brent Osborne has been added as well. Only two practice squad berths remain open -- any guesses?
1 Mainly 'cause there aren't nearly enough opportunities to use a cool world like penultimate. Or antepenultimate, for that matter.