Something to Watch For – Total TE Mayhem

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By Kevin Garber

This week on Something to Watch we focus on TightEndApoclypse 2014. As you likely already know Zach Miller is out and the sky is falling on the Seahawk’s offense.

Upon closer inspection though, you will remember that Zach Miller this season has been:

Rec

Targets

Yards

YPC

YAC

TD

6

7

76

12.7

34

0

As you can clearly see, this is not a ton of productivity we are losing here. That is not to say that Zach Miller doesn’t have value for us, he does. At 6’4” and 255 lbs he has bulk in run blocking that we can’t find elsewhere. However, in the passing game this could turn out to be a net plus.

At TE, Luke Willson (who we looked at in Week 2’s edition of Something to Watch For) and Cooper Helfet. Considering we’ve already covered Willson in detail, let’s take a look at Helfet. He’s a 6’3” 240lb TE in his 3rd season out of Duke. He has yet to see time in a regular season game, spending his first two years on the practice squad. He has a lot of mobility from the TE position, mirroring a good bit of Willson’s skill set and giving the Seahawks two TE’s that can stretch the field.

The other thing to look at is how this injury may open up the passing game and have OC Darrell Bevell looking at more 4 WR sets. With speedy WR Paul Richardson barely seeing the ball so far this year, it would be interesting to see if more multi-receiver sets will see the field being stretched and the opportunity for more deep passes. On deep passes this season Russell Wilson is looking much the same as he has did last year, like an absolute terror for defenses:

Attempts

Completions

Yards

TD

INT

6

3

93

1

0

Those are very good numbers, but at a very low volume. We’ve been throwing deep rarely this season, as compared to last year when the line looked like this:

Attempts

Completions

Yards

TD

INT

69

32

1091

10

5

Wilson is a an extremely productive deep passer, and a return to this could pay off well for the Seahawks offense. Perhaps this injury could result in a net positive on change in philosophy.

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