(This series focuses on the x-factors/wildcards on the Seahawks roster who will make or break Seattle’s 2020 season.)
There’s no denying what Will Dissly is capable of when healthy. He’s scored six touchdowns in the eight games in which he hasn’t gotten hurt. The issue, of course, is that he’s suffered a pair of devastating injuries in his other two games.
As a rookie, he ruptured his patella tendon. In 2019, after what was a remarkable return to make it back by Week 1, he tore his Achilles in Week 6.
Now Dissly’s status for the start of the season in uncertain once again. However, Pete Carroll provided positive news on Monday, saying that Dissly has once again made a fantastic recovery and has already passed a physical.
“Will had an incredible offseason,” Carroll said via Zoom. “He worked out down in Los Angeles. The group he worked out with told me he spent nine months with them – nine months working out on a rigid schedule, and he didn’t miss one minute of one day. They said they’ve never seen anybody do that before.”
The Seahawks will still ease Dissly back into things, and they have the ability to exercise that patience with the offseason addition of Greg Olsen. The veteran tight end is confident that he’s still got high-level football left in him, as is Seattle. Olsen’s presence makes the Seahawks less desperate to get Dissly on the field.
Dissly’s eventual return gives Seattle a really intriguing set of skill players at Russell Wilson’s disposal in the passing game. A two tight end set featuring Dissly, Olsen, DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett has juggernaut potential. Those four should keep any one of them from getting too many double teams.
Wilson has already shown he trusts Dissly immensely in the red zone given his six career scores. However, the third-year tight end out of Washington also has sneaky explosive play ability. He’s stretched the field on a number of occasions with receptions of 66 yards and 38 yards.
If he’s able to get back and remain on the field upon his return, we could be mentioning Dissly alongside the league’s best tight ends by season’s end.