Seahawks welcome Uncle Will back to the end zone
Enter starter Geno Smith. Compared to the guy who was here before, Geno likes his tight ends. In fact, compared to the guy he was last year, Smith likes his tight ends. In 2021, the Seahawks threw to the tight ends 20.4 percent of the time.
Geno only looked for the tight ends 13 times on 88 targets. That’s a percentage of just 14.8. This year, he’s looked for the big boys on 30 of his 130 targets. That’s 23.1 percent, the highest since Dissly’s debut. In 2019, the Hawks looked for their tight ends 20.9 percent of the time, and that was the high mark.
Thanks to Geno Smith, Will Dissly is back, baby. Geno’s looked for him 12 times, and Dissly has come through with 12 catches. Those 116 yards resulted in four first downs and, most important of all, three touchdowns.
At that rate, Will Dissly would have 48 catches for 464 yards and a dozen scores. Yes, I cheated and just multiplied by four; I’m not gonna deal with the NFL’s stupid 17-game schedule for every article. Now, I don’t think he’ll actually wind up with those stats, but you have to admit, it’s an interesting pace.
Okay, maybe it’s too much to say the tight ends are playing starring roles. DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett are certainly the stars of the aerial show, as Rashaad Penny rules the ground game. And yes, Geno Smith is the guy making it all go. But after four weeks, the tight ends have outscored the wide receivers five to one. Coming into this season, no one expected the tight end room to do this well. Sounds like a starring role to me, even if it’s collectively.