At this early point in the off-season, most of the personnel moves that teams make are based solely on filling the training camp roster and adding practice bodies to the mix. That’s what the Seattle Seahawks did on Tuesday when they signed cornerback/kick returner Will Blackmon.
A former sixth-round pick out of Boston College in 2006, Blackmon began his NFL career with the Green Bay Packers. He spent four years in Wisconsin before taking his talents to the New York Giants. He signed with the G-Men in October 2010, was waived in January 2011, re-signed in November 2011 and landed himself a Super Bowl ring a few months later. Blackmon was not re-signed by the Giants in 2012 and spent the entire year out of football.
Coming out of college, Blackmon was known for his abilities as a return specialist who used his agility and explosiveness to make big plays. After tearing his ACL back in 2009, though, Blackmon has failed to deliver the same electricity that he flashed during his first couple of seasons with the Packers.
Throughout his six NFL seasons, Blackmon has amassed 1,674 kick return yards and 634 punt return yards. He has scored three touchdowns (all on punt returns) while having seven fumbles to his credit. Although he only has one year (2008) of significant playing time on defense, Blackmon has tallied 49 total tackles, two forced fumbles and a deflected pass during his time in the league.
Now with the Seahawks, Blackmon will likely be nothing more than a camp body. Seattle already has one of the best defensive backfields in the NFL and a reliable return man in Leon Washington, so finding room on the roster seems unlikely.
If you’re hoping that Blackmon can make a significant impact for the Seahawks this season – or even make the roster – don’t hold your breath.