Dec 23, 2012; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks tight end Anthony McCoy (85) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers during the 2nd quarter at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

Seattle Seahawks Lose Anthony McCoy, Now Need To Add Another TE

By now you’ve heard that the Seahawks have lost backup TE Anthony McCoy for most of the season with a torn Achilles tendon. He had surgery this week, and it’s going to be a long 8 months of recovery for McCoy.

For the Seahawks, exactly how big of a blow this is seems to be up for debate. My take on McCoy, and one shared by the metrics on site’s like Pro Football Focus, is that he’s an overrated player who’s performance doesn’t match his playing time. After talking with both Brian from and Danny from FieldGulls, it seem that I am in the minority though. Both of them see McCoy as a decent blocker, so clearly opinions on McCoy are divided.

Either way, the loss of McCoy opens up a roster spot that needs to be filled. After thinking about it for all of 2 seconds, I had 2 thoughts on the idea:

  • Don’t be surprised to see the Seahawks sign a veteran free agent TE in the coming days.
  • Don’t be surprised if that veteran doesn’t end up making the roster at the completion of training camp.

Both Darren Fells and Sean McGrath are guys that I think could make the roster, especially if Luke Willson can claim the #2 spot in training camp. Luke Willson is going to be make the roster; that’s seemed pretty clear as soon as everyone got to see him at rookie minicamp. He looks like he’s going to be a special talent, even if it takes him a year before he’s productive as he adjusts to the to NFL.

Possible free agents the Seahawks could look at: Dallas Clark, Kevin Boss, and Chris Cooley. We might also see an Evan Moore return, though I think that makes the scenario of the newly signed vet not making the team even more likely.

Another name to keep on eye on is Jake Ballard. He’s an exclusive rights free agent with the Patriots, but if he’s not signed and can get his release so he can become unrestricted, he’d be a great addition to the roster. Just don’t count on it; it’s hard to see that actually happening.

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  • Dan

    I was under the impression that Willson was a decent blocker anyways. Sure, he’s a pass catcher first and a blocker second but I haven’t heard any bad reviews about his blocking. Either way, if he claims the #2 spot, we might see the Miller of 2011.

    • 12thMan_Rising

      I’ve heard that as well, but I honestly have no idea if he can block. We’ll have to wait and see what he looks like when training camp gets here.

  • Anthony N

    We are well covered on the TE front. McCoy was not a quality backup so, Willson will have no problem exceeding the level to which McCoy played to. I think we’ll find the injury gives birth to a star in Willson

    • 12thMan_Rising

      That was my initial though on the matter. I’m clearly not the largest McCoy fan, but I understand that most people don’t share my opinion on him.

      • Hawkman54

        I do

  • Wyatt Converse

    Yeah, you know what though? That sucks that A-Mac’s out for 1/2 the year or so and I like him, I wish they’d throw to him more often, but when I saw that he’d been injured, I thought, “Cool, the new guy’s gonna get a shot to show us what he’s got.” I have a good feeling about Willson, I think we probably came out of that draft way better than we think. So, anyway, I can’t wait till August to see some pre-season goodness. I think Jerrod Johnson’s gonna be the sh*t too. Damn, PC/JS, Paul Allen and Russell Wilson are hands down the best thing(s) that ever happened to the Seahawks. PA is a great owner. PC and JS, I cannot believe what they’ve done in 3 years-incredible! And Russell Wilson (SMH). The good lord must love us up here in the Pac NW! The kid is a gift and a blessing and just a terrific young man! Thanks Pop! And, Go Seahawks!!!

    • 12thMan_Rising

      That backup QB competition is going to be fun to watch. I have high hopes for Johnson, but my gut tells me that Quinn will win because of his affinity for the film room. We’ll see. It’ll be fun no matter what happens.

  • Trakar

    McGrath is probably the primary blocking TE (nice special teams blocker as well), Fells can probably get in the way of a bull-rush, but he’s not going to be fullbacking Patrick Willis. Though we may have to occasionally have a TE back pass-blocking to ensure that Wilson gets the extra second or two it takes for some plays to develop, Fells and Miller both crossing and splitting through the center of the D backfield, Harvin on an under crossing route Rice and Tate on the outside edges, only one of them have to be open.

    • 12thMan_Rising

      McGrath isn’t much of a blocker. What we saw last year was that he’s almost exclusively a route runner. Hopefully it wont matter though, since Miller is a very good blocker (one of the best blocking TEs in the NFL) and Willson is supposed to be decent as well.

  • ricefield

    Whoever replaces McCoy has to be a blocker. Isn’t that the purpose of the 2 tight end formation? Don’t the Hawks mostly run out of that formation? To me McCoy looks so fluid running routes, but what terrible hands. He never seemed to be a dependable receiver like Miller.

  • Anthony N

    This is why the culture of competition is so important. We’ll see these TEs compete for the #2 spot. I expect Willson will emerge as a solid #2.