At 6-2, the Seahawks are in good shape for a run in the playoffs. To be contenders, they need help. Any of these three players would provide a big boost.
The Seahawks showed they’re playoff contenders in the first half versus the Falcons. In the second half, they showed they still need help to be solid players in the postseason. No one wants to see a one-and-done situation like last year. In fact, they’re by no means a lock to make the playoffs as the second half of the schedule promises to be tougher than the first. These three players would all make a serious impact on the Seahawks playoff chances.
Until a couple of weeks ago, the Hawks were in pretty decent shape and simply needed some reinforcements. A lot has happened since Jason Myers kicked off in Cleveland 15 days ago. Seattle lost their starting tight end, Will Dissly, later in that game. Both left tackle Duane Brown and right guard D.J. Fluker missed that game and the next, although both started in Atlanta. In what may have been the biggest blow, center Justin Britt went down in that game and is likely out for the season.
So instead of adding to their defensive depth, Seattle now faces the prospect of filling two critical starting roles on their offense. Dissly had 23 catches for 262 yards and four touchdowns for Seattle. In his absence, Luke Willson and Jacob Hollister have combined for six catches for 45 yards and no scores. That’s 50 percent of the average yardage and zero percent of the scoring. Both are capable, but there’s a reason Dissly was the starter.
Britt missed one snap in the season opener versus Cincinnati. Since then he’s been in the Seahawks lineup for every play. That is, he was until he went down in the first quarter in Atlanta. Joey Hunt is a capable backup, but as with Dissly, there’s a reason Britt was the starter. Ethan Pocic can play center as well, but like Hunt, he’s a fine backup who can play multiple positions, not a topline starter.
The Hawks already picked up safety Quandre Diggs in a move that should pay big dividends for the defense starting this week. Considering that Matt Schaub raked the secondary for 460 yards in his first start in three years, the defensive backfield could still use some help. Diggs will be a nice addition, but I don’t think the Seahawks are quite done.