We’re still making our way through the potential impact of the players on the 2021 roster. As training camp continues to unfold, we’ll see the talent separation as many of the following players have to do very little to prove they’re starters. Not all the impact on this list is positive, and a step forward would go a long way towards contract talks for a couple of these guys.
Most Impactful Seattle Seahawks, 2021-2022
25. Michael Dickson, the punter
The Seahawks were a top-end special teams unit last year, powered in part by the NFL’s second best punt average. Dickson does crazy things with the football, and fits beautifully with Pete Carroll’s fascination with “teams.” Expect Dickson’s hype to bounce back to his Pro-Bowl status if Seattle turns in even a few exciting coverage plays.
24. L.J. Collier, defensive line
We have firmly reached the part of the roster where some of these guys have a positive / negative impact dichotomy. First round picks have that sort of power. Do they play Collier? Yes, because contract. Do they even go out of their way to try him inside in hopes it works better? Yup.
Yet I have heard hardly a word out of SeaCamp about Collier. The bulk of the conversation has been “hope he’s better,” not anything people have seen yet.
"I'm trying to get better at my technique, my pad level, and my effort every day."— Matty F. Brown (@mattyfbrown) August 3, 2021
Pad level is a big thing for L.J. Collier to focus on, so it's nice to see him mention it here. The Seahawks Big End has struggled to sink, forward leaning to an extent that balance issues occur https://t.co/ea44Ubxmkp
While he also has that needed ability to make clutch plays, if he’s on the same level as his first two seasons, he will receive too many meaningful snaps compared to his EPA contributions. This is the year that determines whether he is a bust.
23. Will Dissly, tight end
I’ve been encouraged so far in camp to see the arrival of Gerald Everett has not sent Dissly into oblivion. Rather, he seems to be more of a factor than when Seattle had Greg Olsen last year. Granted, this sample size consists of reports + the only practice I’ve attended yet, but it’s absolutely consistent with a Shane Waldron game plan.
While I don’t think they will run non-stop two tight end sets, Waldron’s passing scheme hit Everett and co-tight end Tyler Higbee 50-50 in attempts. Dissly has flashed remarkable ability in between devastating injuries and a devastating lack of use in 2020. This should be better, and the tight end attack should be a massive increase over last season.
22. Rashaad Penny, running back
This is one of the most volatile decisions on this list. What should have been a dazzling 1-2 punch has never materialized. Meanwhile, Penny has complicated the Chris Carson contract decision, taken up a first-round selection, and meandered his way into just a slew of zero-yard runs.
He’s got a lot of impact on this team right now, I just wish it wasn’t such a mixed bag.
21. Marquise Blair, nickel corner / just go out there and hit somebody
Pete Carroll and John Schneider have been creative with positional fit for years, and Blair is second on this roster only to Jamal Adams. Without a true safety position due to two Pro-Bowlers ahead of him, he’s been trying out nearly every other position except Ford’s. He’s so talented the coaches are going to get him on the field one way or another.
Eight months removed from an ACL tear, Marquise Blair is working out at multiple positions during Seahawks training camp, including nickel, strong safety and free safety. "I think I can play anything on defense," he said. https://t.co/mrdqacwacT— Seattle Times Sports (@SeaTimesSports) August 1, 2021
Whatever that is, it won’t be north of 90% of defensive snaps per game. Regardless, I hope so badly this dude has like five forced fumbles this year, and that it’s a three-way contest between he, Adams, and Diggs to see who hits the hardest.
As always, sound off in the comments! Where do you see the value this season?