It’s clear that after last seasons offensive struggles, the Seattle Seahawks are looking to make some changes. Seattle hopes to make a playoff run after a miss last season and they have the opportunity to do so after off-season acquisitions. Let’s take a look at the Seattle Seahawks offensive skill positions ahead of 2018.
2018 Seattle Seahawks Offensive Skill Positions
After the end of their disappointing 2017 season, the Seahawks lost their best two tight ends in free agency. Jimmy Graham, who had 10 touchdowns in 2017, signed with the Green Bay Packers. Luke Willson, who spent his first five seasons with the Seahawks signed with his childhood dream-team Detroit Lions. Following their absences, this left the Seahawks with Nick Vannett out of Ohio State but fans are still waiting to see the third-year tight end have a breakout season.
To compensate for their losses, the Seahawks signed veteran Ed Dickson, formerly of the Baltimore Ravens and Carolina Panthers. They also drafted Will Dissly out of the University of Washington. Dissly was brought in as a blocking tight end who can help relieve some of the pressure that the offensive line has been struggling to do, but who can also be a pass catcher.
The Seahawks wide receiver corps has been lackluster since they traded away Jermaine Kearse to the New York Jets prior to the 2017 season. The only piece of hope has been Doug Baldwin, the eighth year standout of Stanford, and Russell Wilson‘s favorite target. Aside from Baldwin, the Seahawks receivers included Tyler Lockett, Tanner McEvoy, Paul Richardson, and Amara Darboh. None of which could really make an impact with the offense. Richardson, who recorded his best season yet in 2017, ultimately left in free agency to sign with the Washington Redskins.
Possibly one of the biggest free agent signings by the Seahawks came just recently when they signed veteran Brandon Marshall. The addition of Marshall also adds a big-bodied man to the offense who many see as a red zone threat. Although, many are considered about Marshall coming off a season-ending injury with the New York Giants and his age. Marshall can be expected to be their number two guy if he can stay healthy.
The Seahawks running game has been atrocious since Marshawn Lynch‘s departure. Although there have been some bright moments and promising stars, the offense hasn’t been able to get things going in the backfield. The Seahawks finally made the decision to make a big move when the drafted Rashaad Penny out of San Diego State in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft. Penny, who is similar in size to Lynch, is already turning heads in the Seahawks off-season programs and is expected to make a big splash in the upcoming season.
Behind Penny is Mike Davis, Chris Carson, C.J. Prosise, and J.D. McKissic, who will all compete for a spot on the roster. Carson showed potential to replace Lynch in his first few NFL games before an injury sidelined him for the rest of his rookie season. Prosise also seemed like a star in the making but landed himself on the injured reserve in his first two seasons.
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