SEATTLE — The Seattle Seahawks waived safety Michael Dobson on Monday, one of eight cuts by the Seahawks as NFL teams have to reduce their 90-man rosters to 75 by Tuesday.
Dobson, a Mount Airy native and East Carolina standout, was signed Aug. 6 and had one tackle in a preseason game against the San Diego Chargers. NFL rosters must be cut to 53 players by Saturday.
Eligible players can be signed to practice squads beginning Aug. 31. Last week, the NFL expanded the size of practice squads this year from eight to 10.
Dobso, who participated in the Seahawks’ rookie minicamp in May, played 50 career games with the Pirates as a running back/safety. In December, Dobson started at strong safety his final college game with the Pirates in the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl. Dobson recorded 14 tackles and had an interception in East Carolina’s 37-20 victory against Ohio. He played as a running back during his first three years with the Pirates before making the switch to the secondary.
In high school, he was an all-state selection his junior and senior year and led the Granite Bears to an undefeated season and 1A state crown in 2008. As a junior, Dobson was named the Northwest Conference Offensive Player of the Year.
James Brim is the most recent Mount Airy native to play in the NFL. The wide receiver and Mount Airy grad played at Wake Forest and appeared in three games with the Minnesota Vikings in 1987.
The 6-foot, 191-pound safety joined a Seattle team with a high-profile secondary — led by cornerback Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor and Byron Maxwell. Last season, the Seahawks led the NFL in interceptions, pass defense and total defense on the way to a Super Bowl blowout victory against the Broncos. Seattle finished the season with 39 takeaways.