The Seahawks have about a million tight ends on their roster. Here is who Seattle should start, bench or cut in 2020.
The Seahawks made a splashy move this offseason when they signed Greg Olsen. Olsen is potentially a Hall of Famer. His numbers are great for a tight end but he is aging. Still, as a third-down option for Russell Wilson in 2020, he was a nice pickup. But Seattle has other talented options at the position. So who should Seattle start this year, let walk or bench?
If healthy, Will Dissly needs to be the Seahawks lead tight end in 2020. And 2021 and beyond. The problem for Dissly is he has gotten injured early in each of his first two seasons in the NFL. But even in that short time period, Dissly showed that he could block, which is why Seattle drafted him in the 4th round of 2018, but also catch and run really well.
With a few healthy and productive seasons, Dissly will have proven himself to be the best tight end in Seahawks history. If healthy, he makes the entire offense better and he is a potentially Pro Bowler.
This is where things get tougher. Greg Olsen has been a good player in his career but could also make $7 million with the Seahawks in 2020. That is a lot of money. He basically is are zone and third-down option at this point and won’t start unless Dissly goes down again. But Olsen is still too good not to have on the team.
After Olsen and Dissly, the decisions get a bit tougher. Seattle drafted Colby Parkinson this year. He is a huge red zone target at 6’7″. Luke Willson knows the offense well and is a good teammate. Jacob Hollister stepped in after Dissly got hurt in 2019 and caught 41 passes.
But I think the Seahawks keep four tight ends and after Dissly starts sends in Olsen, Willson and Parkinson.
Sadly, Hollister will go. He isn’t a good blocker but he can catch. But one lasting memory of Hollister, though, will be after catching a pass from Wilson in week 17 against the 49ers, a catch that could have been a touchdown and moved Seattle into the number one seed in the NFC, Hollister was tackled inches short of the endzone. He simply wasn’t strong enough to push his way for a touchdown.
Had Olsen or Dissly caught that pass, likely the Seahawks score and the postseason might have looked differently.
Seattle will also cut newbies Dom Wood-Anderson and Tyler Mabry. These two might end up being productive in their NFL careers but it will be with another team.
The Seahawks might have one of the best tight end groups in the NFL in 2020. If Dissly and Olsen stay healthy, that is one of the best one-two punches in the league. Seattle is also likely to use more two-tight end sets in 2020 and this means likely keeping four tight ends. Let’s hope this means more Seattle wins too.