Unsung heros of the Seahawks
Who is one offensive player and one defensive player who has gone a little unsung this year and deserves more attention for being good?
On defense, it's an easy answer: Tre Brown. After a disastrous game in the season opener versus the Rams, he turned his season around to the point that he's been just as reliable as Riq Woolen. Speaking of the god of paywalled sites, PFF, he's graded higher than Woolen in coverage, 80.3 to 70.3.
That's even higher than Witherspoon's 77.7. Um, okay, sure, PFF, time for your meds. Anyway, Brown has the same forced incompletion rate as Woolen, 15 percent, and has given up one score compared to Riq's three. Plus he has two picks and zero missed tackles. I'm not saying he's as good as Riq - certainly not as good as Spoon - but no one talks about him.
On offense, it's a much more difficult question. To say Jake Bobo is an unsung hero is laughable; you'd think he was leading the NFL in every statistical category. Of course, per snap, he's close, so he deserves every bit of praise. He's hardly unsung, that's all. I can't go with Charbonnet, as he gets plenty of buzz, too. On a national level, it's Tyler Lockett, but all 12s know how great he is. I thought about running waaay out to left field on this one and saying it's Abe Lucas. As in the O-line has been less than great without him. But that's a bit of a copout, so I'll go with Will Dissly.
Yes, he's been overshadowed by Noah Fant - heck, Colby Parkinson has nearly 70 more snaps than Dissly - but Uncle Will has been about as reliable as he could possibly be. He's caught 8 of 9 targets and had zero drops. All the Hawks tight ends have a high catch rate, though. What stands out for me is that Dissly averages more yards after the catch than either Fant or Parkinson.
Even with that spectacular run after the catch that some delusional 12s credit to Drew Lock - you know, the three-yard pass that Fant turned into a 51-yard gain - Fant averages 7.7 yards after the catch. Dissly averages 8.0 YAC. That's higher than Metcalf or Lockett, for those scoring at home. Yes, different routes and tight windows, I know, but eight yards after the catch is eight yards. Oh, and Dissly can block, too. PFF grades him at 77.7 in run blocking and 78.9 in pass blocking. That's outstanding. So, yeah, Uncle Will is definitely unsung.