It was reported earlier this morning that Seattle Seahawks tight end Anthony McCoy has suffered a partially torn Achilles tendon. He sustained the injury during this week’s OTA sessions and is expected to be out for at least six to nine months. McCoy underwent surgery to repair the partially torn tendon on Thursday.
While this might seem like a big blow to the Seahawks, it really isn’t all that bad. In fact, it might even be a blessing in disguise. While McCoy did catch 18 passes for 291 yards and three touchdowns, he has always struggled with dropped passes and is not a great blocker. Although his speed and route running at the second tight end spot will be missed, this opens up the door for rookie Luke Willson, who has been impressing everyone during Seattle’s OTAs.
Willson, who was drafted by the Seahawks in the fifth-round of last month’s draft, might even be an instant upgrade over the inured McCoy. He is incredibly fast for a tight end (he once ran a 4.47 second 40-yard dash time), excels at finding openings in defenses, and has shown in OTAs that he can be a pretty good blocker. His ability to block is key because, as mentioned earlier, that’s an area where Anthony McCoy had a very tough time. Willson’s ability to get open makes him an excellent fit to play in two tight end sets with starter Zach Miller.
Willson isn’t the only option to fill this opening though, as the Seahawks also have reserve tight ends Sean McGrath and Darren Fells vying for a spot on the roster.
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