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Seahawks expecting a boost from Germain Ifedi, rookie class

RENTON, Wash. -- So far this season, five of the Seattle Seahawks' top six picks from this year's draft class have missed at least one game due to injury.

But the rookies are getting healthy, and coach Pete Carroll is expecting them to contribute in the final 12 games. Here is a player-by-player look at where things stand with each rookie on the roster.

Germain Ifedi, RG: The Seahawks' first-round pick suffered a high ankle sprain days before the opener and didn't make his debut until Week 4.

"There’s a lot of room for improvement there for Germain," Carroll said. "He’s just one game old in the regular season, and he’s been off for quite a while, too. He was rusty, and he was behind a little bit. He was just a little bit shoddy with some stuff. It just had to happen that way. He should improve a tremendous amount.

"We should see improvement in a number of areas. We’re really fired up about him. We think he’s going to be a dominant player. He’s got to have it. He’s got a growth cycle that he’s got to go through to get caught up."

Ifedi looked the part in the preseason and should help solidify the offensive line once he gets more game reps.

Jarran Reed, NT: He played 101 snaps as a starter in the first three games before suffering a hip injury that sidelined him in Week 4. Reed, a second-round pick out of Alabama, has played a key role in the Seahawks' run defense, which has limited opponents to 3.34 YPC. He's showed some pass-rushing chops as well with a couple of batted passes. Reed is expected to be back starting in Week 6.

C.J. Prosise, RB: Since the Seahawks drafted Prosise out of Notre Dame, Carroll has insisted that the rookie would be a factor in his first season, specifically on third downs. But Prosise has been sidelined since suffering a wrist injury in Week 1 and has only played nine snaps on the season. Prosise is a week or two away from getting the cast off his hand. Given that the Seahawks signed C.J. Spiller, they are less likely to rush Prosise back. But when he's healthy, he'll compete for snaps as the third-down back.

Nick Vannett, TE: He's yet to get on the field due to a high ankle sprain. The Seahawks drafted Vannett in the third round because of his ability as a blocker, and the offense has been using more two-TE sets. Vannett is back practicing and could make his debut Sunday.

Rees Odhiambo, OL: It seems like he's probably a year away. Odhiambo, a third-round pick, has been inactive for three of four games. It'd be a surprise if he were to get on the field as a rookie.

Quinton Jefferson, DL: He's played 21 snaps but has been dealing with a hand/wrist injury. Jefferson will be inactive for Sunday's game but should return to practice in the next couple of weeks. The Seahawks are hoping he can provide some interior pass rush in the second half of the season.

Alex Collins, RB: He's played 26 snaps on offense but has yet to get going. Collins has carried seven times for 13 yards, and his longest gain has been 4 yards. His role could shrink once Prosise and Thomas Rawls are healthy.

Joey Hunt, C: He won the backup job in camp and has been active for every game but has yet to play a snap. The Seahawks are hoping to keep it that way, given how well Justin Britt has played as a starter.

Trevone Boykin, QB: The Seahawks showed their confidence in Boykin by not signing a veteran backup despite Russell Wilson's injuries. Boykin played in Week 3, completing seven of nine passes for 65 yards, a touchdown and an interception.

DeAndre Elliott, CB: The undrafted free agent has been active for three of four games but has not played on defense.

George Fant, OT: He was active for the first three games as a backup tackle but is a developmental prospect at this point. Carroll has praised Fant for the progress he's made at practice.

Nolan Frese, LS: He had some early struggles with his snaps, but the Seahawks have allowed him to work through them and keep the job.

Tanner McEvoy, WR: He's been perhaps their most pleasant surprise among undrafted free agents. Against the 49ers, McEvoy threw a key block to spring Christine Michael for a 41-yard touchdown. The next week, McEvoy caught a 42-yard touchdown. He has played 30 offensive snaps and has also played a role on special teams.

Tyvis Powell, S: He dressed for the first two games to play on special teams (two tackles) but was inactive in Weeks 3 and 4.