The case for Seahawks rookie Winston Guy

With NFL roster’s having to be trimmed down to 53 on Friday, it’s the time of year when us media hacks attempt to project the roster (and always end up wrong). It’s easy to figure out most of the players, and there are bottom-of-the-roster guys who are easier to eliminate, but it’s the bubble guys, the ones fighting for jobs tomorrow night, who make nailing the 53-man roster a near impossibility.

One player who looked like one of those players on the bubble is safety Winston Guy, a sixth-round pick out of Kentucky. It’s not that Guy hasn’t had a good training camp and preseason, it’s just that he’s competing for a job in a very talented and deep secondary.

Well based on what Pete Carroll said when asked about Guy today, it seems like the rookie’s spot on this roster might be more secure than some of us thought.

“I’ve really liked this guy,” Carroll said. “He’s a very natural football player. In his days at Kentucky, they moved him around quite a bit, and we were able to see him do things like what we do in this package. It was the Lawyer Milloy spot, a guy we used because of years of savvy and understanding. There are so many things that a guy has to deal with that he almost has to have a real natural sense, because you can’t coach everything because of all the floating and moving around that he’s asked to do. Well Winston gets it; he just gets it. He’s a hitter, he plays the ball well, he’s really fast, he’s 216 pounds, big kid. He’s got a real knack for rushing the passer, he looks like a pass rusher when he’s coming. So he’s really been a pleasant surprise. We had hoped that he would be able to do these things, and he’s on that package.”

Carroll went on to say that Guy will see a lot of playing time Thursday night, as will many of the young players, then added that Guy will likely have a prominent role in the defense on passing downs.

“He’ll get a lot of work at safety this week,” Carroll said. “I think it’s a fantastic draft pick for us. He’s in the starting group in Game 1, maybe the first third down of the season, so that’s an amazing accomplishment for him. He’s got all of the right stuff, but he’s still a pup, so we have to deal with that, but we really have liked everything that he’s brought.”

Talk to us

More in Sports

AquaSox outfielder Julio Rodriguez hits a double during the first inning of a game against the Dust Devils on May 11, 2021, at Funko Field in Everett. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Van Til: Eyes of baseball world on talent-laden AquaSox

Local fans will have a rare, and perhaps short, opportunity to view these potential future M’s stars.

Monroe's Sam Olson blocks Snohomish's Josh Vandergriend shot Tuesday night at Monroe High School on May 11, 2021. The Tigers won 36-35. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
GALLERY: Monroe boys edge Snohomish as winter sports begin

The Bearcats rally in the final period to beat the Panthers 36-35 in the opening game of the season.

Aquasox's Julio Rodriguez gets a high five from Austin Shelton as he crosses home plate after hitting a two-run homer. The Everett Aquasox beat the Tri-City Dust Devils in a home opening game at Funko Field on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 in Everett, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Rodriguez shines for AquaSox in Funko Field debut

The highly regarded prospect doubles, homers and drives in three in Everett’s 13-3 win over Tri-City.

Winter prep sports roundup.
Prep results for Tuesday, May 11

Prep results for Tuesday, May 11: (Note for coaches/scorekeepers: To report results… Continue reading

The Herald’s Prep Athlete of the Month.
Vote for The Herald’s Prep Athlete of the Month for April

Below are the candidates for The Herald’s Prep Athlete of the Month… Continue reading

The Herald’s Athlete of the Week poll.
Vote for The Herald’s Prep Athlete of the Week for May 3-9

The Athlete of the Week nominees for May 3-9. Voting closes at… Continue reading

Seattle Storm fans cheer during the game against the Los Angeles Sparks at Angel of the Winds Arena on Friday, June 21, 2019 in Everett, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Storm to welcome limited number of fans for games in Everett

Seattle is allowed to host up to 2,000 fans per game this season at Angel of the Winds Arena.

Julio Rodriguez runs the bases Saturday afternoon during practice at Funko Field in Everett on May 1, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
AquaSox update: A look back at the Sox’s season-opening series

Rodriguez, Hancock and others made their AquaSox debuts as Everett took 4 of 6 from Hillsboro.

Aquasox's Julio Rodriguez hits a two run homer as the Everett Aquasox beat the Tri-City Dust Devils in a home opening game at Funko Field on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 in Everett, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Gallery: AquaSox beat Tri-City in home opener

The Everett AquaSox beat the Tri-City Dust Devils in the home opening game at Funko Field on Tuesday.

Most Read