Bumpus: Why TE Gerald Everett will be Seahawks’ most impactful offseason addition
The Seahawks made a number of notable additions this offseason, but a former NFL player thinks that a new piece of Seattle’s offense will stand out above the rest.
The former player is former Seahawks and WSU wide receiver Michael Bumpus, and he thinks that new Seattle tight end Gerald Everett will make the biggest impact of any player the Seahawks added this offseason. He explained why on Wednesday’s edition of Danny and Gallant on 710 ESPN Seattle.
“He makes that tight end room that much better,” he said. “Last year, you had a rotation of tight ends … He brings something to the table that none of those other tight ends bring to the table.”
Last season, the Seahawks used Greg Olsen, Will Dissly, Jacob Hollister, Luke Willson and Colby Parkinson at tight end, with Olsen, Dissly and Hollister seeing the most playing time.
Everett, meanwhile, just finished his fourth NFL season with the Los Angeles Rams before signing a one-year deal with Seattle, where he reunites with Shane Waldron, the Seahawks’ new offensive coordinator who was Everett’s tight ends coach in 2017 before he was promoted to passing game coordinator, a role he held from 2018 to 2020.
“Those (three) are good guys and they’re traditional tight ends … but Gerald Everett, man, you can line him up outside as a true receiver,” Bumpus said. “He can run routes … He’s explosive off the line of scrimmage, with the ball in his hands he’s ready to go. It’s got to be Gerald Everett.”
Bumpus also thinks that Everett can work well with star quarterback Russell Wilson, who Bumpus believes has worked well with tight ends in the past.
“We’ve seen the connection with Will Dissly, we’ve seen the connection with Jimmy Graham,” he said. “And in this Waldron offense, you’re going to be asked to cross the middle … These tight ends are going to have to (do that). And he’s just a matchup problem. You bring a safety down on him and you’re too small. You bring a linebacker down on him and you’re too big with no wiggle. You can line him up outside and he can go one-on-one with cornerbacks. Just because he can line up everywhere on the field and be successful, I think he’s the guy, man.”
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