Getty Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll.
The Seattle Seahawks (6-3) are making moves ahead of their divisional showdown against the Los Angeles Rams.
Elite Loyalty Sports broke the news on X, formerly known as Twitter, that Seattle would be adding veteran Jason Peters to the active roster.
Peters’ agency wrote: “Very proud of our future first-round Hall of Famer Jason Peters as he signs a contract with the Seattle Seahawks for the remainder of the 2023 NFL season!”
The action is not a big surprise. Seattle has called offensive tackles off the practice squad three times this season, a league maximum. However, the Seahawks have a full roster, meaning they will have to make a cut before Sunday’s game against the Rams. With Abraham Lucas expected to return soon, analysts believe two rookies are at stake.
We are very proud of our future First Ball Hall of Famer Jason Peters as he signs a contract with the Seattle Seahawks for the remainder of the 2023 NFL season! 🥂 #Seahawks pic.twitter.com/TTgqRa8gs9
— Elite Loyalty Sports (@eliteloyaltysp) November 17, 2023
Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times predicts that Seattle will cut McClendon Curtis and/or Raiqwon O’Neal. The former undrafted rookies both received waivers in September and neither player has seen much playing time.
Mookie Alexander of the Field Gulls agrees, as does Corbin K. Smith of SI. “Curtis and O’Neal may be released in hopes that the team can sneak them onto the practice squad,” Smith wrote.
“Since both players have been on the active roster since being recalled from other practice squads, they could be promoted up to three times if injuries to the position reoccur, which is a perfect scenario from a depth perspective.”
O’Neal was initially left off the Tampa Bay Buccaneers practice squad. Seattle snatched Curtis from the Las Vegas Raiders.
Seahawks tackle Jason Peters had his best game against the Washington Commanders
In the Seahawks’ 29-26 victory over the Washington Commanders in Week 10, Peters proved that age is just a number. The 41-year-old managed a season-high 56 snaps at right tackle and gave up just one pressure on 34 pass-blocking reps.
The 1.90 meter tall, 140 kg player also helped clear the way for running backs Ken Walker and Zach Charbonnet. “In addition to being a wall in pass protection, Peters dominated in the trenches as a run blocker, helping the Seahawks rush for 80 of their 120 yards behind the right side of the offensive line,” Smith wrote.
While the six-time All-Pro usually rotates with Stone Forsythe, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll doubled the veteran’s snaps against Washington.
“He just played a really good game of football. He did a very good job,” Carroll told reporters. “It was obviously his best game for us and that’s why we left him in. We had planned to split the time. We liked the way he was going about it, so we just left him out there and we’re happy to have him out there at the end and down the stretch.
“There were some concerns about his stamina as he hadn’t played much in the last few weeks. This week was an opportunity to see him go and he came through brilliantly.”
Abraham Lucas has returned to training but is not yet ready to play
Although there was hope that Lucas would return this week, the Seahawks’ 2022 NFL third-round pick isn’t quite there yet. Lucas suffered a knee injury in the Seahawks’ season opener against the Rams, in which Seattle lost 30-13.
Speaking to reporters on Friday, November 17, Carroll said: “He’s been practicing until today.” “He’s done a good job. We’re on track to take him more seriously next week and see if he has a chance.
“He had to get through something and we had to see how he would react and we don’t have all the information yet. But Wednesday and Thursday he did well and seemed to come out okay today, but it was just a day to make sure we didn’t overdo it.”
With Lucas out, Peters and Forsyth will continue to rotate for Seattle’s return game against the Rams on Sunday, November 19th.
Emily Bicks covers the NFL for Heavy.com, with a focus on the Bills, Seahawks and Chiefs. She has been writing for Heavy since 2019 and has interviewed some of sports’ biggest stars, including Jerry Rice, Shaquille O’Neal and Stefon Diggs. More about Emily Bicks
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