The Seattle Seahawks’ final preseason game gave the coaching staff one last opportunity to see their entire team in action before they have to cut the roster from 90 to 53 on Saturday afternoon.
No player did more to help his chances of making the team on Thursday than former University of Washington linebacker Ben Burr-Kirven.
Burr-Kirven paced the Seahawks with 12 combined tackles, including two tackles for a loss and one sack. He also had what should have gone down as another quarterback hit, but instead he was charged with a 15-yard roughing the passer penalty.
“He had a huge game,” coach Pete Carroll commented after the game. “He was making plays everywhere. It was really important for him, he’s got to make the club. He had a great opportunity to play all night and he was up for it. It’s not like he’s unfamiliar with making a lot of tackles.”
Burr-Kirven is competing for a backup linebacker spot and a job on the special teams, although he may have to beat out one or both of Barkevious Mingo and Shaquem Griffin if he wants to find himself on the roster in September.
The fifth round pick out of UW may have played well enough to get claimed by another team if the Seahawks try to cut him and sneak him onto their practice squad, another factor that will make coach Carroll’s decision that much tougher on Saturday.