Uncle Will came up big, and Tyler Lockett did his thing
Will Dissly had what was easily his best game of his 2023 campaign. Despite being the Hawks' best blocking tight end - okay, precisely because he's their best blocker - Dissly saw the fewest targets of Seattle's tight end trio. In fact, he received the highest blocking grade of any of the Seahawks, according to Pro Football Focus (subscription required). He had the best pass-blocking grade by far of anyone on the team. So it makes sense that he saw just 22 targets on the year, while Noah Fant and Colby Parkinson had 43 and 34, respectively.
Dissly made the most of his three targets versus the Cards in Sunday. He hauled in all three for a total of 46 yards and the Hawks' first touchdown. For once, Seattle cut him loose, as the average depth of his target was 8.7 yards. This, after almost an entire season of dumping the ball off to him barely a yard or two past the line of scrimmage. With room to operate, the Hawks senior TE rambled for 20 yards after the catch. Both his 46 receiving yards and 20 YAC were second on the team for the game.
It will be quite interesting to see what the Seahawks do with the tight end group this offseason. Both Fant and Parkinson are unrestricted free agents, while Dissly is under contract through 2024. However, his dead cap money would just be $3.1 million, so who knows what Seattle will do? For now, we can be happy that the UDub alum closed out the year with a stud performance.
This may look like an afterthought, but... okay, it is. I'm so used to Tyler Lockett saving the day that I nearly forgot about him. He typically gets so much credit among the 12s that he's easily overlooked. That's never been more true than this season, as DK Metcalf, Jaxon Smith-Njigba, and even Jake Bobo have deservedly basked in the spotlight a few times. So yeah, Tyler Lockett is something of a forgotten man in Seattle.
The Cardinals discovered just how costly a mistake that can be, as Lockett made the most of his opportunities. Lockett was wide open over the middle to complete a 37-yard play that gave the Hawks first and 10 at the Cards 22-yard line. Two plays later, Dissly scored Seattle's first TD. Lockett's second catch was just a bit bigger. Smith dropped the proverbial dime to Lockett as he had a step on the defender. That's all Number 16 ever needs. Amazingly, the Cardinals lost him in coverage on the ensuing two-point conversion. Go ahead, watch it again, and see how easily this man got open. Lockett always gets the job done.
No duds this time, 12s. Sure, there were some players who didn't exactly have stellar games, but who the Seahawks might part with is a topic for another time. For now, let's be happy we got that final win. We can all celebrate we aren't Zona fans, right?