Heaps: Why Seahawks’ Will Dissly has emerged as valuable offensive weapon

Sep 24, 2019, 2:18 PM | Updated: 2:28 pm

In the last two Seahawks games, a weapon has surfaced on offense in the form of tight end Will Dissly.

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Sure, Dissly made his mark early last season, catching a pair of touchdowns in the first four weeks of the season. But the University of Washington product suffered a season-ending torn patellar tendon, one of the hardest injuries for a football player to come back from. Well, Dissly hasn’t just bounced back – he is playing just as good if not better in his second season as a pro.

The 6-foot-4, 265-pound Dissly had a season-high 65 yards receiving and a touchdown last Sunday in Seattle’s 33-27 loss to the New Orleans Saints, a pretty nice follow-up to a breakout performance in Week 2 where he hauled in five receptions for 50 yards and a pair of scores.

Former NFL quarterback Jake Heaps puts Dissly under the microscope in his latest trip to the 710 ESPN Seattle film room, and he has some interesting insight to share while he breaks down a few notable plays by Dissly from the game against the Saints.

“Will Dissly has emerged not only as a talent, not only as a guy who fits this scheme well,” Heaps says in the video, “but as a tight end who has gained the trust of Russell Wilson. He has evolved his game not to just being a guy who can make plays and be a mismatch but a guy who really, truly understands space, void and zones, which allows Russell Wilson to use Will Dissly as a security blanket.”

Dissly and the 2-1 Seahawks will return to action at 1:05 p.m. Sunday on the road against the Arizona Cardinals, a game that will be broadcast on 710 ESPN Seattle and KIRO Radio 97.3 FM beginning with the pregame show at 10 a.m.

For more Seahawks play breakdowns, click the links below:

Week 2

Wyman: Russell Wilson’s historic game and perfect pass to Metcalf
Heaps: How Russell Wilson read Steelers’ defense so well in 28-26 win

Week 1

Heaps: How Tyler Lockett got so open for go-ahead TD
Wyman: Hawks already trying new things with Jadeveon Clowney

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