Seattle Seahawks: Is the TE situation dismal without Dissly?

Will Dissly, Seattle Seahawks. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Will Dissly, Seattle Seahawks. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /

The Seattle Seahawks came away from Arizona with their second win of the season. Unfortunately, it was a costly victory due to injuries, including TE Will Dissly.

The Seattle Seahawks moved to 2-2 in 2018 with a 20-17 victory against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday afternoon. For all that went right, Seattle had a few things not go their way. They lost their starting free safety Earl Thomas III, and tight end Will Dissly for the season due to injury.

Dissly, a fourth-round pick, suffered a patella injury in the first half of the game. The Seahawks depth at that position was thin, to begin with. With Dissly out for the season, Nick Vannett is the next man up and Darrell Daniels (promoted from the practice squad) will back him up. Seattle is desperately waiting for Ed Dickson‘s return from the non-football injury (NFI) list, which hopefully will be in week eight against the Detriot Lions.

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Vannett, who is a third-year pro, has been a backup all three years, playing behind Jimmy Graham and Luke Wilson. He hasn’t shown more than adequate blocking ability. Additionally,  the former Ohio State Buckeye has had a habit of dropping passes, in the past.

Vannett is slated to get his first NFL start against one of the best defensive fronts in the NFL, the Los Angeles Rams. He needs to have the game of his life and be able to chip the defensive ends and linebackers, to help the Seahawks run game. Not to mention, what he has to do in the passing game, catch the ball.

Ed Dickson, a free agent acquisition from the Carolina Panthers this offseason, was put in the NFI list shortly before the season opener against Denver. It requires Dickson to be inactive for at least six weeks. He can be activated for week seven, which is the Seahawks bye week, and ready for week eight against Detriot.

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How will all of this effect the Seahawks season? The loss of TE Will Dissly was a big one. He was a huge addition to the team in both the run and passing game. Hopefully, Vannett can hold down the fort until Dickson comes off NFI. I believe both Dickson and Vannett can both help this team to be successful.