Seahawks tight end Will Dissly
It might be difficult to remember now, four seasons into Dissly’s career, that he was drafted in the fourth round of the 2018 draft because of his immense skill as a blocker, not as a pass catcher. Then in his rookie season and before he was lost for the season in Week 4 due to a knee injury, Dissly looked like a potentially phenomenal weapon for Russell Wilson moving forward. While he only had 8 catches, 2 were for touchdowns and in his very first game, he eclipsed 100 yards receiving.
In 2019, he got hurt again but this time he tore his Achilles tendon. He managed to get through six games that season but he showed yet again how well he could catch. Dissly caught 85.2 percent of his targets and had 4 more touchdowns. So through 10 games played in his career, Dissly had 6 touchdown receptions.
This kind of promise is one of the main reasons the last years have not seen Dissly be overly productive as a receiver. Some of that may be that Wilson seemed to miss receivers over the middle of the field more over the last few seasons and didn’t check down to Dissly very much.
While Dissly has missed just two games the last two years, he was only targeted an average of 27.5 times in each of the last two seasons. He caught 81.8 percent of those targets.
So now that Dissly might have an otherwise less-great quarterback throwing him the ball, he might also have a quarterback who takes what the defense gives. So while defenses focus on Metcalf and Tyler Lockett, Dissly and fellow tight end Noah Fant should see a lot of one on one coverage. Dissly should have a huge season.