3 Seattle Seahawks players who must unlock their potential in 2024

Seattle should be more successful in 2024 simply by having better schemes that better use these players.
Jaxon Smith-Njigba of the Seattle Seahawks
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Noah Fant - Seahawks tight end

Fant's re-signing with the Seahawks this offseason must have come with a promise that Ryan Grubb would do a better job of involving Fant in the offense. The tight end was part of the trade that sent Russell Wilson to the Denver Broncos. Denver had a terrible offensive system when Fant played there from 2019 to 2021, but he still had much better numbers than he would have with Seattle the last two years.

Shane Waldron was clueless about how to call plays for tight ends. The entire group was underused, but Fant has the size - he is 6'4" and 250 pounds - plus the speed to be a very dangerous threat in the passing game. A Seahawks fan cannot argue that point, though, as Waldron would not give them a chance. Fant only had 32 catches in 2023 and zero touchdowns.

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Fant's 43 targets were 20 fewer than his previous career low, and that also came with the Seahawks in 2022. If Fant wants to catch a lot of passes then had Waldron been retained as OC, the tight end would have probably signed elsewhere. Thankfully, Grubb was brought in.

With Washington last year, tight end Jake Westover was fourth on the Huskies in catches and yards (46 and 433, respectively) even though Washington had an excellent trio of receivers. Grubb managed to find a way to include his tight end as well. This could mirror what the Seahawks do in 2024 as well. The team has fantastic wide receivers, but Fant could get 60 catches, 700 yards, and 6 touchdowns. Involving the skilled Fant more is going to make Seattle's offense more versatile and efficient.

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