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Friday Round-Up: Reviewing Seahawks' Tight End Production In 2021

The Seattle Times continued their Seahawks position reviews Friday with Adam Jude looking at how tight ends performed this season.


Good morning, 12s. Here's a look at what's out there today — Friday, January 28 — about your Seattle Seahawks.

Seattle Times' Adam Jude Reviews Seahawks' Tight End Production In 2021

One of the first — and biggest — moves of the Seahawks' offseason last year was the hiring of offensive coordinator Shane Waldron, who had previously served as the passing game coordinator for the Los Angeles Rams.

Two months later, the team signed former Rams tight end Gerald Everett, who played under Waldron for the first four years of his career in Los Angeles (Waldron served as the Rams' tight end coach during Everett's rookie year of 2017). "Gerald brings versatility to any offense, so we're excited to be able to get him here and really utilize him as a weapon that can move around and do a lot of different things within an offensive structure," Waldron said at the time.

The familiarity with Waldron's offense combined with the opportunity to be the featured tight end for the first time resulted in a career year for Everett: 48 catches on 63 targets, 478 yards and 4 touchdowns in 15 games.

Adam Jude of the Seattle Times wrote about Everett as well as Seahawks tight ends Will Dissly and Colby Parkinson in their latest Seahawks position review piece. "Take away Everett's dreadful game in the Seahawks' Dec. 5 victory over the 49ers — when he effectively committed three turnovers, two of which happened at or near the goal line — and he had a fine first season as Seattle's No. 1 tight end," Jude said. "Indeed, Everett's pass-catching numbers were the most by a Seahawks tight end since Jimmy Graham's departure after the 2017 season."

After a challenging first two seasons in the NFL dealing with injuries, Will Dissly has played in 31 of a possible 33 games over the past two years and put up solid numbers as the number two tight end this season, finishing the year with 21 catches on 26 targets for 231 yards and one touchdown. "Beyond that, his real value is as a blocker, and he was a key factor in the revitalized rushing attack late in the season," Jude said.

It was a quiet season for second-year tight end Colby Parkinson, who missed most of his rookie year with a foot injury and then missed the first month of 2021 with a separate injury in the same foot. He finished the year with five catches on eight targets for 33 yards in limited snaps over 14 games. "No, Parkinson hasn't proven himself yet, but the Seahawks do like his upside," Jude said. "Are the Seahawks convinced Parkinson is ready to take a leap forward in Year 3? That question, no doubt, will be a major factor in the team's decision to try to re-sign Everett, and looms as one of the more intriguing questions about the makeup of this offense this offseason."

Click here to read Jude’s complete evaluation of the Seahawks' tight ends in 2021.

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