Seahawks set initial 53-man roster

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The Seattle Seahawks were the last team across the NFL to announce their roster cuts and were beaten to the punch by the league transaction wire for yet another year.

Some of the notable moves made by the team included the release of linebacker Shaquem Griffin after two seasons with the team. Also, former seventh-round picks defensive tackle Demarcus Christmas (2019) and tight end Stephen Sullivan (2020) were among the players waived by Seattle.

Fullback Nick Bellore and wide receiver Paul Richardson each had their veteran contracts terminated by the team as well.

Richardson had barely practiced with the team after signing last week and head coach Pete Carroll's comments on him from Thursday weren't promising.

"It's been tough for Paul," Carroll said. "He just hasn't had a chance yet. he comes in from home and we're going at such a clip right now that we wanted to make sure and get him started. Today was really the only day he really got to practice. He went through individual and the early parts of practice but he took some team reps today for the first time. So it's very difficult for (Paul) to show where he is and all that.

"We do know him really well, we love the kid and the way he plays and all that so it just wasn't much of a ramp for him to show where he is."

Bellore was released during cut down weekend last year as well before returning to the team in short order. A similar process could be playing out for him this year.

Rookie defensive end Darrell Taylor and tight end Colby Parkinson, along with cornerback D.J. Reed will all begin the season on the non-football injury list. Running back Rashaad Penny is on the physically unable to perform list.

All four will be eligible to return after the first six weeks of the season.

Center Kyle Fuller transitions to the suspended list as he will miss the first two games of the season. He joins wide receiver Josh Gordon on the list as he remains indefinitely suspended by the NFL.

Full List of roster moves:

Terminated contracts:

FB Nick Bellore

WR Paul Richardson


OT Tommy Champion

DT Demarcus Christmas

QB Danny Etling

WR Aaron Fuller

QB Anthony Gordon

LB Shaquem Griffin

WR Penny Hart

CB Gavin Heslop

DT P.J. Johnson

DT Cedrick Lattimore

WR Lance Lenoir

TE Tyler Mabry

S Chris Miller

S Ryan Neal

CB Debione Renfro

CB Jayson Stanley

TE Stephen Sullivan

WR Cody Thompson

OT Chad Wheeler

Seahawks 53-man roster:

QB (2): Russell Wilson, Geno Smith

RB (4): Chris Carson, Carlos Hyde, DeeJay Dallas, Travis Homer

TE (4): Greg Olsen, Will Dissly, Jacob Hollister, Luke Willson

WR (6): Tyler Lockett, DK Metcalf, Phillip Dorsett, David Moore, John Ursua, Freddie Swain

OL (10): Duane Brown, Mike Iupati, Ethan Pocic, Damien Lewis, Brandon Shell, Cedric Ogbuehi, Jamarco Jones, Phil Haynes, B.J. Finney, Jordan Simmons

DE (5): Benson Mayowa, Alton Robinson, Rasheem Green, L.J. Collier, Damontre Moore

DT (3): Jarran Reed, Poona Ford, Bryan Mone

LB (6): Bobby Wagner, K.J. Wright, Bruce Irvin, Jordyn Brooks, Cody Barton, Ben Burr-Kirven

CB (7): Shaquill Griffin, Quinton Dunbar, Tre Flowers, Marquise Blair, Ugo Amadi, Neiko Thorpe, Linden Stephens

S (3): Quandre Diggs, Jamal Adams, Lano Hill

ST (3): Jason Myers, Michael Dickson, Tyler Ott

PUP (1): Rashaad Penny

NFI (3): Darrell Taylor, Colby Parkinson, D.J. Reed

SUS (2): Josh Gordon, Kyle Fuller

Photo Credit: Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson #3 throws a pass uring a mock game at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, WA on August 26, 2020. Seahawks offensive lineman Cedric Ogbuehi #74 blocks. (pool photo by Rod Mar / Seattle Seahawks)

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