Bellevue grad Stephen Schilling ‘pretty excited’ about making Seahawks’ 53-man roster
Stephen Schilling, the former Bellevue High and Michigan standout, earned a spot on the offensive line in part because of his versatility to play both guard and center.
Seattle Times staff reporter
RENTON — Since signing with the Seahawks in March, Stephen Schilling has focused on the task at hand — making the team.
So when the news finally arrived about the Seahawks’ decision, the former Bellevue High star decided it could wait until he was done with the task at hand — attending the movie “Guardians of the Galaxy” with his wife, Katie.
“It was almost over, anyway,” he said. “Only 20 minutes left.”
When those 20 minutes ended Friday, Schilling raced outside and called his agent, who told him he had made the initial 53-man regular-season roster for his hometown team.
“I was pretty excited,” he said.
It was hardly a slam dunk as Seattle kept nine offensive linemen and cut two who at points in camp might have seemed to have a better chance at sticking than Schilling — veteran tackle Eric Winston and guard Caylin Hauptmann, the latter of whom was on Seattle’s 53-man roster much of last season.
Schilling thinks the fact that he showed he could play both guard and center helped cement his role. He played some center last year for the Chargers — who did not tender him an offer after last season — but said he had never played center in an extended manner. Seattle has Max Unger and Lemuel Jeanpierre as its top two centers, but teams always are looking for extra depth up front.
“It just helped my chances,’’ he said. “If you are going to be a backup, you have to be able to play more than one position. At least be able to go in there and play.”
• Receiver Percy Harvin, who missed practices last Tuesday and Wednesday for what the team said were personal reasons, and then was among 10 players who did not travel to Oakland for the final exhibition game, was back on the practice field Sunday and fully participated in all drills. With the Seahawks hosting Green Bay on Thursday, the workout resembled a usual Wednesday practice, typically one of the more critical of the week.
• Seattle signed eight players to its 10-man practice squad — the other two will come later. Included is running back Demitrius Bronson of Kentwood High. Others are: TE RaShaun Allen, QB B.J. Daniels, T Nate Isles, WR Chris Matthews, S Terrance Parks, DT Jimmy Staten and S Steven Terrell.
• Former Seattle quarterback Matt Flynn made Green Bay’s 53-man roster and will be the backup quarterback this week behind Aaron Rodgers.
• Also on Green Bay’s roster is cornerback Demetri Goodson, a one-time point guard at Gonzaga who then transferred to Baylor to play football and was taken in the sixth round by the Packers in this year’s draft. Goodson has a concussion and it’s unclear when he will return.