Seahawks player by player season review: Skill Positions
It’s hard to know what to think about the Seahawks heading into what should be a particularly interesting offseason. Ask any fan or pundit what the problem for the 7-10 Seahawks was and you’ll receive a different answer every time. And in truth, they may well each have a point.
Russell Wilson wasn’t his usual self after his finger injury, missing open receivers and proving unwilling to use his legs as much as we have become accustomed to seeing. The run game had been utterly stagnant until the explosive revival of Rashaad Penny, while DK Metcalf was not being targeted and looking increasingly frustrated.
Then there’s the defense. Regularly allowing opponents to use up 10 minutes for a single drive is the sort of thing that kills a team’s season. Individuals played well, notably Jordan Brooks and Quandre Diggs, but the pass rush in particular was not good enough given the experience, talent and salary that the Seahawks had available.
While a total rebuild does not appear to be on the cards, it is likely that the Seahawks that take the field in September may look quite different to this season’s edition. Coaching changes could be on the cards, while some key players will be hitting free agency. Over a number of articles in the next few weeks, we’ll take a player by player look at the Seahawks roster to see what the future may hold for each individual.
First of all, we’ll start with the skill position players on offense. While the focus will be on what a certain quarterback will decide to do this offseason, there are plenty of other key questions which need answered before the season begins. Practice squad quality players are not included in this discussion, only those who have made notable contributions this season.
Russell Wilson- Coming back fully fit next year and hopefully with better offensive play calling, there really is no reason to be trading him. Still a top 5/10 QB over a season, and hopefully if the defence can get off the field next year then he’ll have time to work his old magic once more.
Geno Smith- Sneaking suspicion that he might not be back next year, although there are quite a few QBs who have shown they have reliable backup potential around the league this year. Was always just a play or two away from looking like a reliable quarterback.
Chris Carson- The late season form of Rashaad Penny has thrown a spanner in the works here. Still a very solid lead back option, but the neck issue is a real problem. Not sure any other team will risk a trade given the injury issues, so will likely return as the number 1 back. A big year would be nice. Hopefully he can get properly healthy, otherwise signing another starting calibre RB becomes an issue. Speaking of which…
Rashaad Penny- Finally. Finally, we have seen the real Rashaad Penny. However, everyone else has seen him too. He’s shown that he can handle bell cow duties, as well as providing the best home run threat since Marshawn Lynch at the RB position for the Seahawks. If the Hawks can get him back, brilliant. He won’t be short of suitors now though.
Alex Collins- Had the occasional good run but didn’t take advantage of his playing time the way he would have hoped. Showed real promise in flashes last season but didn’t seem to run onto the ball at the same speed this year, perhaps due to a persistent abdomen niggle. Might not see much action for the Hawks in the future.
Travis Homer- Still the Seahawks’ best RB at picking up blitzes on third down. His special teams value alone should see him retained, while his contributions on offense tend to come in the shape of some big plays in big moments- not a bad attribute to possess. One who can take real pride in his efforts this season.
Deejay Dallas- Runs the ball harder than he maybe gets credit for, while he puts in real effort on special teams. Reasonable but not irreplaceable as a kick returner, it is possible that he would find himself better used elsewhere, as he and Homer bring a lot of the same attributes to the team both on offense and special teams.
Nick Bellore- Special teams hero and Pro Bowl snub. Should be kept only for the sake of more “Between Two Bellores” content. Should maybe be used more on offense, as he seems to do pretty much every task asked of him to a high standard. Increase in his offensive snaps would be a nice example of some imagination and creativity in the offense which is badly needed.
Tyler Lockett- One of the best. Had a tremendous season even allowing for the erratic deep throws which peppered the second half of the season from Wilson. Been the undisputed number one receiver for most of the season, whereas ideally that accolade would be shared by Lockett and DK Metcalf. Deserves more national attention than his performances have been given thus far.
DK Metcalf- I’m worried. Not about the talent, or even the temperament which didn’t cause too many issues this season. I’m more concerned about the effect that several matches with between 1 and 3 targets (mostly erratic deep shots and poorly disguised screens) will have on his relationship with Wilson, the coaching staff and the organisation as a whole. A fully fit and firing QB and better play design should solve most of the issues next year though. Fingers crossed.
Dee Eskridge- Really quite disappointing. Concussion came at a really bad time for him, and he never really got going. We never quite saw his electric pace that had been talked about upon his selection in last year’s draft, and his only real contributions came on increasingly telegraphed jet sweeps and tosses. A good candidate for a big second year improvement, though it’s worth remembering that he is older than Metcalf and will be 25 next season so it’ll need to come soon.
Freddie Swain- Without a doubt, the third best wide receiver on the roster currently. Swain has the knack for making big plays and possesses a real home run threat which provides a useful complement for the stars on this offense. A little more consistency in route running should see him get open and utilised more often in future.
Penny Hart- Really useful in kick coverage but not really shown anything in his offensive opportunities. Got a reasonable number of snaps while Eskridge was out but failed to make any real impact. There’s a chance he may prove easily replaceable.
Gerald Everett- Showed what the Seahawks have been needing for a few years- a truly mobile receiving threat at tight end. He had a career year and bailed Wilson (and Smith) out many a time in big spots, but his capacity for rookie errors and boneheaded penalty concessions put a dampener on what would have been an incredible year. If he demands too high a price in free agency, he must be adequately replaced if the offense is to be successful.
Will Dissly- He’s never really reached the receiving heights that he hit in early 2019, but his overall contribution remains extremely valuable. He remains the best blocking tight end the Seahawks have by a country mile, who can also provide a solid pair of hands in third down play action. Should be resigned as the Seahawks know his value in both the run and pass games.
Colby Parkinson- Not the breakout year that some had predicted for the giant tight end, but a fairly solid effort regardless. Saw more snaps when those above him on the depth chart were unavailable and generally blocked well while making the odd catch here and there. With another year to work on fine tuning the smaller details in his game, he should prove a useful member of the roster.
And that’s the lot. Perhaps someone like Tyler Mabry or Cody Thompson may make an impact next season, but due to their lack of playing time this year, they’ve missed the cut here. The next article will cover players in the trenches on both sides of the ball, with the improving O-line and inconsistent defensive linemen under the microscope.