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Hackett over the middle

Post by News Tribune Staff on Nov. 30, 2006 at 12:38 am with 13 Comments »
November 30, 2006 12:38 am

11 30 2006 Hackett Third Down.jpgThe Seahawks love what D.J. Hackett is giving them this season. His contributions reflect a few things.

One, Hackett has always performed well when given opportunities. Two, he is getting more opportunities because veteran WR Bobby Engram remains sidelined by a thyroid condition. The team’s depth and consistency issues at tight end are also getting Hackett on the field more. This happens when the team goes to its two-back, three-wide offense at the expense of a tight end. Hackett plays every snap in this personnel group, plus every snap in the four-wide group. They are still leaving Nate Burleson in the one-back, three-wide group, but Hackett is out there for roughly 40 percent of the snaps depending on the game.

The chart at right shows his production this season on third down, something a reader asked about earlier. They have thrown to him 11 times on third down by my count. This has produced eight completed passes, each for a first down, with one touchdown. Many of these third-down catches have come over the middle.

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  1. jshoemaker says:

    Aside from Hackett’s clutch catches in Monday’s game, I was perhaps most impressed with a crack block he threw on a Packer (not sure who) on a play where Alexander reversed field to the right. Hackett seems to be in the Deion Branch mold in terms of effort, which is exactly what this team needs.

  2. Thanks for the info mike, the area where he caught the ball and the down and distance when he caught it were very informative. Hackett is a great example of a player who makes the most out of the opportunities given to him. I might add that he is a fine blocker down-field as well. Both of these points may be aided by the fact that he is often up against the third db on opposing defenses… With Engram out, Hackett seems to be the slot receiver of the future.

  3. This is great stuff, I hope the Broncos aren’t reading this site. They’ll sit a guy about 8 yards downfield in the middle on 3rd down and tell him to watch Hackett.

    The only thing I don’t like about him being in the slot is that I think he’s faster than the other 2 WRs and can get deep. They need to find a way to spring him deep every once and a while.

    The guy also has a great radio voice.

  4. albanyhawker says:

    Good stuff. Will his new nickname now be “Malcolm”?

  5. He may have a great radio voice (I’m not sure I agree) but he’s a dull, flat interview. D-Jack is priceless in this regard. You are just about guaranteed to chuckle when D-Jack is on.

  6. There is a reason that my WR depth chart on Madden 07 is:


  7. koolkris says:

    You are close but I think it will look like this:


  8. Sounds like Hackett is a pretty heady guy, knowing where the sticks are and getting more yards than needed as well. None of the third down conversions are even close, is this more YAC or is he just like Engram, finding the soft spot and being there when the ball is? It would seem that he is ripe for a double move play over the middle with a Hass pump fake to sucker the safeties.

    On another topic – Interesting that our new TE was signed off DA BEARS practice squad….

  9. mine is:



  10. The Football Outsiders had Clutch Hackett as the best WR with less than 50 passes thrown to him last year. He’s going to be one of the best by their metrics this year too.

    My Christmas wish list includes a #18 jersey.

  11. Hackett is even more valuable for his over the middle exploits due to Stevens (first injured, then lackluster play) being less of a force in the middle.

  12. nighthawk2 says:

    I’m expecting big things from him Sunday night, so much so I’ve picked him up on many of my fantasy teams and starting him this weekend. Your information is just further proof that wasting a 3rd round pick and the money Burleson was signed for on Nate Burleson was a dumb move by the Seahawks front office.

  13. reshumate says:

    I don’t think the Hawks FO knew Burleson would take as much adjusting as he has. He has the skill set.

    That’s why the got Branch. WCO needs 4 good WRs. I just hope Hack wants to stay.

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