Each year, we like to run a series of posts called "90-in-90." The idea is that we'll take a look at every player on the roster, from the very bottom to the top and break them down a few ways. This roster will certainly change, and some days we'll have more than one so it's not exactly 90 players in 90 days. At this point, it's a name we're keeping around for street cred.
The San Francisco 49ers signed guard Ryan Seymour from the Seattle Seahawks practice squad to a 3-year contract on December 10, 2013. The move came in conjunction with the decision to place Tank Carradine on injured reserve. Seymour was inactive the final three games of the regular season and the three playoff games.
Seymour was originally drafted by the Seahawks in the 7th round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He was cut at the end of training camp before signing with their practice squad. Seymour came to the Seahawks out of Vanderbilt having played a mix of guard and tackle positions.
What to expect in 2014:
Seymour will be competing in training camp with an incredibly deep group of offensive linemen. Alex Boone's potential absence does open the door, so it could help Seymour move up the depth chart in preseason action. He has been getting some second team work, and his versatility can only help him. He is viewed as a guard, but he has also gotten some tackle work during the 49ers offseason workout program. If he could show enough to snag a roster spot, he is a guy who could really help them potentially save a roster spot.
Odds of making the roster:
All that being said, his roster odds are likely somewhat slim. I suspect the team ends up waiving Seymour with hopes of signing him to the practice squad. Even if Alex Boone holds out into the season, Adam Snyder, Joe Looney, and potentially Jonathan Martin will be in his way. Marcus Martin or Daniel Kilgore are also ones to consider depending on how the center competition resolves itself.
The 49ers liked Seymour enough last year to keep him around on the 53-man roster. However, the addition of Jonathan Martin, and the potential emergence of Joe Looney does not bode well for Seymour. He'll get some opportunities, but it's a fairly steep climb for him.