Will Dissly's surprising rank
Getting back to Pro Football Focus a bit with the next two notes, one might be surprised to learn that underused Will Dissly is ranked as the number 9 tight end in 2023. His overall grade is 73.7, but his 80.7 grade for pass blocking is third among tight ends and his 79.5 run blocking grade is second. The issue with Dissly isn't Dissly's fault at all but simply that he doesn't get thrown the ball enough. He has been targeted just 11 times this season and has caught 10 of them. 6 of the 10 catches have gone for first downs.
Dissly is currently ninth on the Seahawks in number of targets. He also has the least amount of targets among Seattle's leading trio of tight ends, Dissly, Noah Fant, and Colby Parkinson. Dissly is currently in his sixth season with Seattle and we have seen him catch and run well enough when given a chance. Moving forward this year, the Seahawks need to give Dissly more of a chance to be productive other than simply being a blocker.
Mike Jackson surprises too
Seattle currently has two cornerbacks graded inside the top 20, according to PFF. One is rookie Devon Witherspoon who is third overall. That is not surprising as Witherspoon has been very good in his rookie season and he has 3 sacks and an interception while generally playing fantastic in coverage. The other corner inside the top 20 is Mike Jackson.
A big reason for Jackson's success is he simply does not miss many tackles, an overall issue for the Seahawks once again in 2023. Jackson has been credited with just one missed tackle this year, per PFF, though. While Jackson has allowed 10 reception on 12 targets, he has only allowed 107 yards receiving. Only 18 of those yards came after the catch.
Those are pretty good numbers for a guy who lost his job in the preseason to Tre Brown. Instead of sulking, Jackson practiced just as hard. Now he is playing well enough to potentially be a starter again.