We interrupt Walter Jones Day, as proclaimed by Gov. Christian Gregoire, for a look at the Seahawks’ minicamp roster. A long look. A shades-of-Chuck-Knox look.
The club has 101 players on hand for today’s first practice, which is scheduled to begin at 1:30. How is this possible in the era of the 80-man roster limit?
The group includes the nine players the Seahawks drafted last week that do not count against the roster, plus the 12 rookie free agents they signed just after the draft. Then there are 15 players who are here on a tryout basis. None of them are under contract, so they don’t count against the 80-man limit.
But the large number of players has made for some duplicate numbers.
Josh Pinkard, a rookie cornerback from USC, is wearing No. 3 – but so is Victor James, a rookie wide receiver from New Mexico and one of the tryout players. It’s the same situation with No. 4 – which is being worn by Marcus Brown, a rookie cornerback from Arkansas State; as well as tryout player Chris Duvalt, a rookie wide receiver from Illinois.
Two tryout players are wearing No. 5 – punter Tom Malone and wide receiver Eric McCain; and No. 42 – cornerback Marcus Udell and fullback Danny Carmichael.
How to tell all these players apart in practice? The offensive players wear blue jerseys, and the defensive players white.