Heaps: How Seahawks can — and why they need to — get TEs more involved

Oct 21, 2021, 2:32 PM

The Seahawks boast one of the NFL’s top wide receiver duos in Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have other talented pass catchers on the roster.

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Two players that come to mind for former NFL quarterback Jake Heaps are tight ends Gerald Everett and Will Dissly.

The Seahawks’ usage of tight ends in the passing game has been widely discussed and debated over the last few years, and Heaps, who now co-hosts 710 ESPN Seattle’s Jake and Stacy, is among the many who wants Seattle to utilize that position more.

That’s why during the Seahawks’ Week 6 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, Heaps was pleased with Everett and Dissly being involved in the passing game under backup quarterback Geno Smith.

In his latest Chalk Talk video breakdown, Heaps looks at two plays from Sunday involving the Seahawks’ tight ends.

The first play Heaps looks at comes in the third quarter when Seattle was running the ball effectively. The Seahawks used a three-tight end set with Everett, Dissly and Colby Parkinson.

On the play, speedy receiver Phillip Dorsett runs a deep post route while Everett runs what Heaps calls a “simple sail route” and makes the catch more than 15 yards downfield. Part of what makes the play especially impressive is Everett shakes two tacklers and winds up with a 41-yard gain on the play.

That would set up a touchdown to Dissly, which came just two plays later.

That touchdown is the second play Heaps looks at, and he explains how the Seahawks utilized a run-pass option with Smith and running back Alex Collins, and how Lockett was able to freeze the safety and allow Dissly to get wide open for an easy score.

Watch the full breakdown at this link or in the video player at the top of this story.

Seahawks Football 101 and Chalk Talk

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• Heaps: Week 5 – How DK Metcalf got the better of All-Pro Jalen Ramsey
• Wyman: Week 5 – Solving Seahawks’ problems defending screen plays
• Wyman: Week 5 – Where the struggling defense can make a fix
• Heaps: Week 4 – How the offense gets DK Metcalf the mismatch it wants
• Wyman: Week 3 – What the run defense is struggling against
• Heaps: Week 2 – Why Tyler Lockett keeps getting better
• Wyman: Week 2 – How Hawks adjusted midgame to Titans’ passing attack
• Heaps: Week 1 – Russell Wilson’s TDs to three different receivers
• Wyman: Week 1 – Why Lockett’s 69-yard TD catch was so impressive

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Heaps: How Seahawks can — and why they need to — get TEs more involved