BY SPNW Staff 02:43PM 05/09/2016

Seahawks add 5 rookies; no deal for UO’s Adams

From a list of more than 40 undrafted, unsigned players at rookie mini-camp last week, the Seahawks signed Monday to the 90-man roster CB Jamal Marshall, LB Pete Robertson, TE Ronnie Shields, WR Tyler Slavin and FB Taniela Tupou, the latter a defensive tackle from the University of Washington.

A notable player not on the list was Vernon Adams, the Eastern Washington and later Oregon quarterback who sought the backup job to Russell Wilson. He was in camp on a tryout basis, and said Friday he would try to catch on with the Washington Redskins next weekend if he did not sign with Seattle.

The Seahawks earlier signed two undrafted free agent quarterbacks, Trevone Boykin of Texas Christian and Jake Heaps, the former Skyline High star. If veteran free agent Tarvaris Jackson does not return to Seattle, those two could be the backup/practice squad QBs.

Tupou, 6-1 and 284 pounds from Everett’s Archbishop Murphy High School, was a captain and second-team All-Pac-12 selection for the Huskies. But he didn’t play on offense. He was voted UW’s most inspirational player. He’s the only fullback on the Seahawks roster because last year’s tandem, Derrick Coleman and Will Tukuafu, remain free agents.

To make room, the Seahawks released DT A.J. Francis, DT Lars Koht, S Robert Smith and waived as injured WR Jeff Fuller and CB Mohammed Seisay, the latter acquired in August from Detroit for a sixth-round pick.

Francis played in two games last season and Seisay was on injured reserve. Fuller and Smith signed futures contracts in Feburary and Koht signed as an undrafted free agent last week.


YourThoughts

  • 1coolguy

    Taniela Tupou – GO DAWGS!

  • Vasili

    Bummed to see Adams didn’t make it onto the roster.

    Wonder if they’ll bring Coleman or Tukuafou back to play fullback…

    Clayton was saying on his Saturday show that he sees the Hawks’ offense transitioning from a running offense with a fullback, to a running offense with double tight end sets.

  • jafabian

    Surprised that Heaps was kept over Adams. I’d think Adams would be the more polished player for the pro game at this point. Word is Boykin has really impressed the coaches.

    • Jeff Shope

      boykin has decision making issues on and off the field.

      • jafabian

        And yet the Hawks signed him.

        • art thiel

          One bar fight most times doesn’t end a career.

      • art thiel

        Don’t we all, Jeff?

    • art thiel

      See answer above.

  • Buggy White

    Isn’t Adams simply keeping his options open, as signing with the Seahawks would preclude his trying out with the Redskins, and possibly the B.C. Lions of the CFL, both places where he would presumably have better shots at getting some playing time?

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    • art thiel

      If offered, he would try to stay in Seattle.

  • Qwiked

    Curious why Jake Heaps, who couldn’t keep the starting job at BYU, flopped at Kansas and Miami even gets a shot with a pro team..He must have “mad skills”…

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  • art thiel

    He won’t be more than practice squad at best, and they need arms in camp because Wilson doesn’t have to take snaps.