3 surprises from the Seattle Seahawks first unofficial depth chart

The team released their unofficial depth chart this week ahead of Seattle's first preseason game of 2023.
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Seahawks surprise No. 2 - Colby Parkinson is fourth in tight end depth

This could have simply been a typo or a misleading chart that Seahawks PR put out, but according to the depth chart Parkinson isn't just third on the TE list, but fourth. We can assume that Seattle is probably going to keep three tight ends on the active roster to begin the season and they will be Will Dissly, Noah Fant, and Parkinson. But per the depth chart, tight end Tyler Mabry is listed higher than Parkinson.

Mabry is almost purely a blocker. He did catch a touchdown pass in 2022, and it was an awesome moment as the whole team seemed to celebrate not just that Seattle had scored but that specifically it was Mabry who had. But the pass Mabry caught is so far his only reception in his two -year career. (By the way, that last bit isn't meant as a slight toward Mabry; He still has one more reception that I would ever have in the NFL.)

But Parkinson isn't a bad blocker either, actually. Plus, Parkinson has the ability to catch and run with the ball once he has it in his hands. He has improved every season in his three years with his receptions jumping from 5 in 2021 to 25 in 2022. He averaged 12.9 yards a catch as well which isn't too shabby for a tight end.

Again, the way the depth chart looks for tight ends was probably just a bit of a mislabeling. When Week 1 begins, Parkinson is going to be the third tight end of the Seahawks team and he could have a pretty successful season this year. All of the tight ends could since Seattle added Jaxon Smith-Njigba in the 2023 NFL draft which means opposing defenses will have to focus even more on Seattle's wideouts and less on the tight ends.