There was just one roster transfer on Tuesday that really shocked me, and that was the discharge of WR Penny Hart. Hart, who most thought of to be a lock to make the squad, was minimize in favor of the group holding a major surplus at positions like quarterback, operating again, and offensive line.
The clear and particular reward Hart receiver from Pete Carroll this offseason is what makes the minimize so surprising.
“Penny made the group final yr as a result of you’ll be able to rely on him. You possibly can rely on him in lots of methods… understanding the offense, a number of positions, contributing on particular groups, [and] his toughness,” Carroll mentioned throughout minicamp. Pete even went on to say that Hart was “proper in it” for the competitors for the WR3 spot, not to mention making the roster.
Actually, Hart was arguably probably the most spectacular offensive performer within the early weeks of the offseason program earlier than he got here down with an ankle harm that saved him on the sidelines for the final two preseason video games. Regardless of his absence, nevertheless, there’s nonetheless a really clear function for Hart on particular groups, and he’s proven development in his offensive recreation this summer season as effectively. Regardless that he appeared in simply three video games in 2020, the 25 year-old’s potential as a pass-catcher, returner, and gunner are greater than sufficient to earn him a spot on the group in my eyes.
The difficulty this minimize creates for the Seahawks roster is two-fold: not solely does holding simply 4 receivers not make lots of sense (until the group intends to amass Phillip Dorsett within the coming days), however Hart could very effectively draw curiosity from different groups and fail to clear waivers, and due to this fact be unavailable for elevation from the apply squad.
Moreover, though I perceive why the group opted to maintain 5 operating backs, not chopping third-string quarterback Sean Mannion (who would simply clear waivers) to create space for Hart makes little or no sense to me. Whereas the 29 year-old does have a rapport with Shane Waldron relationship again to their time collectively in Los Angeles, he did nothing in the course of the preseason to point out that he actually added worth to the roster as a third-string QB. I hope the Seahawks entrance workplace proves me flawed within the coming days, however proper now, holding Mannion over Hart seems like a extremely terrible determination.