The Seahawks have a talented roster but a team cannot succeed without some role players and even some presumed stars exceeding expectations. 12s know what Russell Wilson will likely do. The same goes for Bobby Wagner. But others need to be great as well.
Before I get into the three players, let me start with some honorable mentions. I think Carlos Dunlap is going to have a very good season because he will have enough rotational players around him where he is able to rest. He could easily get 9 sacks.
Jordyn Brooks will get 100 tackles this year. He will play the entire field and chase down running backs who don’t expect to see the kind of speed Brooks has. Brooks won’t be a Pro Bowler yet, but he will in two to three years.
Lastly for the honorable mentions, Alex Collins will be an important piece of the run game for Seattle. It would not be surprising to see him get the second-most rushing attempts behind Chris Carson. Rashaad Penny can’t stay healthy and Collins is the next man up.
Three Seahawks who will exceed expectations in 2021
Number three: Will Dissly
To start with the three players I think will have seasons that do exceed expectations, I think Will Dissly is a great fit in Shane Waldron’s system. Dissly, healthy for a full season for the first time in his career in 2020, was surprisingly underused. He has great hands and is a fantastic blocker.
The last two years, the top two Rams tight ends (of which one was Seahawks offseason signee Gerald Everett) were targeted at least 60 times each. Dissly will likely get at least that many targets this year. Dissly has caught 78.6 percent of his career targets. Even if this drops to 70 percent this would equate, based on Dissly’s career statistics so far to 42 catches and 512 yards and 6 touchdown receptions.