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Post-draft depth chart: Tight end

Post by Todd Dybas / The News Tribune on June 3, 2014 at 2:44 pm with 5 Comments »
June 3, 2014 3:48 pm
Zach Miller is back after restructuring his contract in the offseason. / TONY OVERMAN — Staff Photographer
Zach Miller is back after restructuring his contract in the offseason. / TONY OVERMAN — Staff Photographer

After the season, it appeared the Seahawks could be on the way to a large shakeup at tight end.

Instead, little has changed.

Veteran Zach Miller restructured, the Seahawks didn’t draft a tight end and this lineup went through a minor change at the back.

Starter: Miller
Overview: After a restructure of his contract, Miller is a $3,887,500 cap hit this year. He’ll be a $4 million cap hit next season. He knows the Seahawks’ blocking scheme as well as anyone, thanks to all his time with Tom Cable. Miller, 28, said he wasn’t surprised to be asked to restructure.

Backup: Luke Willson
Overview: Willson had a solid rookie year after filling the role the Seahawks precisely selected him for: receiving tight end. He has a ways to go to become a more well-rounded tight end like Miller has been during his career. Averaging 13.6 yards per catch was a pretty good start to his career.

Next in line: Anthony McCoy
Overview: McCoy was re-signed in the offseason after spending all of last year on injured reserve because of an Achilles injury suffered in OTAs. The Seahawks picked McCoy in the sixth round of the 2010 draft. Like Willson, McCoy proved to be an excellent receiving complement to Miller, averaging 16.2 yards per catch in 2012. He also caught three touchdowns that year. If healthy, he and Willson will be battling for the backup chances.

On the outside:
RaShaun Allen
Cooper Helfet
Chase Dixon

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  1. I like our TE’s. Barring injury, I feel we are set. Miller is a fine blocker, and has some of the best hands in the NFL at his position. He’s MONEY in the Red Zone. He’s fast enough, just not a burner like Willson.

    Willson is raw, but I expect him to take strides this season. He’s a fine Joker-type TE and a nice complement to Miller.

    McCoy is a tough blocker who occasionally forgets how, and is frustrating because just when he makes a few great plays and Seattle begins to try to feature him, he’ll make a bad drop or two that costs us on third down. I was really bummed when he got hurt last year, and it ended up hurting us more than many think to lose him. Im glad he is back, and Im looking forward to seeing if he can make the next step.

    Helfet has held on by the skin of his teeth, and I think he’s got talent enough to be a pretty good receiving TE. He’s got to make the team first though, which is a tall order with the three in front of him…

  2. HawkWow says:

    Zach continues to be one of my favorite Hawks. His willingness to take such a dramatic pay cut only increased my feelings about him. Especially considering it was his lack of selfishness that cost him that money. With our O-line in disarray, Miller was forced into a role that kept him out of the spotlight and may have cost him a return to the pro bowl, as well.

    Having 2 young, promising TEs (Willson in particular) under Zach’s tutelage is going to keep the spot solid for the next several years. Willson has already shown he can block, Zach will make him better, and with Willson’s ridiculous speed, the kid has a future as bright as any other player on the roster, imo.

  3. banosser says:

    Ray… Read that article over there and I must say.. it has me quite pumped for Allen and Dixon.. They remind of Julius Thomas types.. I’d actually like to see one step up enough to take McCoy’s spot

  4. Ray_Maines says:
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