Good morning, 12s. Here's a look at what's out there today — Friday, June 4 — about your Seattle Seahawks.
Will Dissly Talks Offseason, Learning Shane Waldron's Offense With 710 ESPN's 'Jake & Stacy'
After having his first two NFL seasons cut short due to serious injury — a torn patellar tendon in 2018, and a ruptured Achilles the next year — tight end Will Dissly appeared in all 16 games in 2020, recording 24 catches and two touchdowns. Now preparing for his fourth season in the league, it's his first time not having to spend the offseason rehabbing since before his rookie year.
Earlier this week, Dissly spoke with Jake Heaps and Stacy Rost on 710 ESPN's 'Jake & Stacy' show about his offseason workouts with some of the league's top tight ends, as well as his personal expectations for the upcoming season and playing under new offensive coordinator Shane Waldron. You can listen to the full interview here — below are some highlights:
On working out with Russell Wilson during the offseason and meeting Drew Brees:
"The offseason has been going really well. The first half just kind of enjoying the time, and then getting to work. Going down to Nashville and getting with some tight ends and working with them, popping over to San Diego and getting a few sessions in with Russ has been awesome. And then Drew Brees happened to be there that morning. I was gearing up to get ready, lacing my cleats and he said, 'Drew is going to be in today,' and I said 'Alright, cool!' So, it was fun to meet him, he's a great guy, I'm happy for his retirement."
On working out with other tight ends from around the league in Nashville:
"With this year, being healthy and having a great offseason I thought I'd go down to Nashville, hang out with some friends, experience the city and workout alongside some other great tight ends. [George] Kittle, Rob Tonyan, T.J. Hockenson, and just a bunch of crews, I could list some names. They're actually getting together here at the end of June; Tight End U is what I think they're calling it. A little seminar [that] Greg Olsen, Kittle and [Travis] Kelce are putting on. So, it's a good place, we're all cut from the same cloth, we're all trading secrets. It was really fun."
On his expectations for 2021 after first injury-free offseason:
"It's definitely been nice not having to teach myself how to walk for two years in a row, so I'll take that as a win. We were able to do some really cool things coming off two pretty serious injuries the last year, and just kind of building on that. I'm feeling really good, I'm in really good shape. Kind of able to balance out — asymmetry, when you get hurt, one leg is stronger than the other so this year it's been a lot of single leg focus and making sure that both of my legs are equally as strong, and getting that explosive movement back. It's definitely showing. Running routes is a lot easier. Getting off the line is a lot easier."
On what it's been like learning Shane Waldron's offense:
"It's been really fun. Shane's a really smart guy, his offense is really systematic … There's going to be some uniqueness, and the cool part about it is we're going to get some tight ends on the field. I think Gerald [Everett] and I are a great compliment, and Colby [Parkinson] and whoever else steps up, we're going to create a lot of problems for defenses around the league. We have a tough division and I think Shane's ready. He came prepared."
Seahawks Summer Reading Program
All summer long, the Seahawks are inviting all elementary-aged kids to grab a book and participate in the Seahawks Summer Reading Program for a chance to win some awesome prizes! Kids are encouraged to read at least 20 minutes a day if possible, as literacy skills are recognized as one of the strongest predictors of academic success.
Throughout June, July, and August, log your child's reading minutes — for each milestone that readers collectively reach, they will all be eligible to win designated prizes. All prize winners will be selected at random and notified in early September. Together we can encourage our future leaders to find joy in reading and learning!
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