Can the tight end indeed be a “really strong” position for the Seahawks?
“You’re talking about a guy who’s a big man, who’s young,” Schneider said after the March trade with Denver. “He went through a tough time early on (in his NFL career), unfortunately lost his mother just before the season. He did a really good job of continuing to come out and compete, he caught 68 balls. C he’s a huge target, and he can run.”
The addition of Fant is just part of the reason the Seahawks are excited about their tight end roster heading into 2022. While one of the top two tight ends last year , Gerald Everett, left for free agency, the Seahawks were able to re-sign Will Dissly, a big blow for the offense given Dissly’s versatility as a blocker and receiver, as well as his leadership presence in the changing room. The Seahawks are also hoping this can be a bumper season for 2020 draft pick Colby Parkinson, who has yet to make his mark largely due to injury. Seattle is also returning Tyler Mabry, who split his time between the practice squad and the active roster during his two seasons, and added undrafted rookie Cade Brewer this spring.
“Will is a versatile guy, we can count on him to do it all,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said after the Seahawks wrapped up their June minicamp. “Noah had maybe the most spectacular camps of all. I just thought he was doing plays all the way up the court, short area stuff, understanding the pattern, all of that, he just adapted so beautifully I didn’t know him other than during the draft process, but he’s done impeccably. Maybe the most exciting guy is Colby. Colby Parkinson has really become a go-to guy, and he has great frame and reach, and he runs very well. He’s worked so diligently to build himself up and gain power and control over his body that he’s going to get off the ball and be an effective blocker as well. The position is really strong, and they have particular strengths, but yet they’re also versatile, so we have a lot of flexibility with those guys and they’re going to be a big part of what we do.”