During the 2018 season, the Seattle Seahawks surprised many by going 10-6 and making the postseason, although the outcome of the Wild Card game against the Dallas Cowboys was not exactly what they were hoping for. Helping the Seahawks to that record were the team’s receivers, who over the course of the season dropped just ten catchable passes from Russell Wilson.
That has not been the case this year. Just eleven games into 2019 the Seahawks have already seen 15 dropped balls by Seattle tight ends, wide receivers and running backs, which puts the team on pace to more than double the number of drops the team had in 2018.
Obviously, an increase in the number of dropped passes should not come as a surprise with the team replacing the sure-handed Doug Baldwin with the athletically talented, but raw rookie receiver DK Metcalf. Metcalf has the speed and size to present mismatches both in space and deep, but no one is going to confuse his hands with those of Steve Largent or Jerry Rice.
However, even if Metcalf’s drops are ignored, the remaining Hawks offensive players still combine for nine, which is almost as many drops as the team had for the duration of the 2018 season. Beyond Metcalf, the Hawks responsible for the increase in drops this season compared to last are Chris Carson and Tyler Lockett, who have three drops each, compared to just a single drop between them over the course of the 2018 season.
In any case, when the Seahawks and Minnesota Vikings play on Monday evening, the Hawks wideouts shouldn’t have to deal with the insane winds they battled when playing the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 12. In that game the team tied a season high in drops with three, the same number of drops the group recorded in Week 7 against the Baltimore Ravens, while the weather forecast for Monday evening calls for minimal wind and no precipitation.