When the Seattle Seahawks drafted Washington tight end Will Dissly in the fourth round last April, the organization knew he’d be an immediate asset to the run game.
As a former defensive lineman, Dissly already was plenty comfortable sparring in the trenches and entered the draft regarded by many as the best blocking tight end in his class, filling a major need for the Seahawks.
But Dissly proved to be much more than a blocker, quickly becoming a trusted receiving target for quarterback Russell Wilson while catching eight passes for 156 yards and two touchdowns during Seattle’s first four games of the season.
“Will had a really good start to the season last year.” Coach Pete Carroll told reporters at the NFL Scouting Combine. “He came out, probably surprised everybody that he would be so dynamic with the ball in his hands, you know, running after the catch. He fit us exactly as we had hoped.”
Unfortunately for Seattle, Dissly’s season came to an abrupt end during the first quarter of a Week 4 win in Arizona, as he crumpled to the turf along the sidelines after hauling in a short reception. He suffered a torn patellar tendon, the same devastating injury suffered by former Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham back in 2015.
After finishing the season on injured reserve, how did Dissly perform in his dominant albeit brief rookie campaign? And what should the Seahawks expect from him in the future after recovering from a severe injury?
Check out my latest film breakdown as I revisit Dissly’s injury-shortened season and take a closer look at how run blocking and receiving skills meshed with Seattle’s offense.