Do the Seattle Seahawks have a problem at the tight end position? In the modern NFL, the tight end is an increasingly important role, particularly for mobile quarterbacks that need options in short-yardage situations. Do any mobile quarterbacks come to mind?
At the end of the 2012 season, Russell Wilson and Zach Miller developed a very solid rapport, and fans are hoping that will continue as the Seahawks make a serious run at the Super Bowl. The problem for the tight end position has been injuries, and that may be an ongoing concern.
Miller is just getting on the practice field after dealing with a foot injury all summer. Anthony McCoy is not an option, as he tore his Achilles earlier in the year and is on the injured reserve list.
Who will Wilson throw to now, especially if Miller is not at full strength? Will it be Luke Willson, so that the play-by-play guy can have fun with a “Wilson to Willson” call? Imagine if Wilson threw to Willson and then set a block for him downfield. Audio gold. Or, will it be the slightly more experienced Sean McGrath, who may draw added power and strength from his mighty beard?
Regardless of who pulls in balls from Wilson, this may be one of the weaker position groups for the Seahawks, particularly if Miller’s foot issues continue. Perhaps McGrath becomes the next great tight end in the NFL, or maybe Willson will turn out to be a genius of a fifth-round pick. Then again, it may just be a group that struggles.
This will be a position group to monitor as the preseason progresses. If Miller is at full strength, the ‘Hawks may not need a huge contribution from anyone else. However, if Miller is unable to be a go-to target on a weekly basis, the rookie or the beard may need to step up.