Insight: The 2011 Seahawks Tight Ends

Seahawks Tight Ends

During the extended period between the Super Bowl and free agency we all had run through the list of players whom the Seahawks might target once free agency started.

There were quarterbacks, lineman (both offensive and defensive), defensive backs and so on but when Pete Carroll and John Schneider made a big push to sign Raiders Tight End Zach Miller it came as a bit of a surprise.

Sure there was the connection with the new Seahawks Offensive Line and Assistant Head coach Tom Cable who was Millers Head Coach in Oakland but Seattle seemed set at starting tight end with John Carlson.

After Zach decided to sign with Seattle the rumors started flying about what team John would be traded to but that was not the vision of the front office.

Unfortunately Carlson tore his labrum in the preseason and was placed on injured reserve.

After losing Carlson, the addition of Miller became all that more important.

Currently the Seahawks only have Zach and Anthony McCoy on the roster with Cameron Morrah on the physically unable to preform (PUP) list.

Miller was a Pro Bowl alternate last season and replaced Antonio Gates when Gates withdrew because of injury.

Can Zach Miller step up with the loss of John Carlson?

He is a well balanced player who the team can line up at fullback, tight end or wide receiver and he seems almost as comfortable as a blocker as he does a receiver. He is a big target (6’5”) who has the ability to stretch the middle of the field and the soft hands to make the catch.

Anthony McCoy is about an inch shorter than Miller and he is the kind of tight end better served working underneath the coverage. Like Zach, Anthony has soft hands and can catch the ball even if it is a little off target. He is a better blocker than receiver because he isn’t the greatest route runner.

Cameron Morrah is the receiving specialist. He is the smallest of the group at only 6’3” but he is quick and has the ability to stretch the field. After the 6th game the Seahawks will have to decide whether to keep him and put him on the roster, place him on season ending IR or release him.


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