Will Dissly established himself as the Seattle Seahawks lead tight end in 2019.
He was leading the team with a career-high four touchdowns before suffering what Seahawks coach Pete Carroll would call a “serious” Achilles injury against the Browns in Week 6. The setback ended the second-year tight end’s monster season.
Now, six months into rehab, Dissly has provided fans with some updates on his road to recovery.
While participating in a tight end room video session on Monday night, his new teammate, veteran tight end Greg Olsen asked Dissly about his progress this offseason.
The 23-year-old has been self-quarantining in Hermosa Beach, California and using yoga to rehab from his torn Achilles tendon.
“I think everyone’s just kind of hunkering down really for a couple of weeks,” Dissly said. “I’m kind of doing every other day rehab, and then I hit a little in-home yoga, you know, trying to get right. At this point, we’re still far out. I’m just focused on my rehab, trying to maintain and stay sane during all this. The yoga definitely helps, been reading a lot, so it’s been good.”
Dissly says he decided to move to Hermosa Beach to zone in on his rehab and offseason training.
“[I] tore the Achilles last year and obviously rehab is important, so I just picked a really good physical therapist,” Dissly said. “I felt like trying to get out of the rain, this year sucked in Seattle. So many people are telling me how rainy it was in January, so I was just trying to find a better place, find a great rehab spot. Got hooked up with Jon Meyer, me and Penny been crushing it. He’s just wicked smart. So that was kind of the decision to move away from Seattle in the offseason.”
From his comments, it sounds like Dissly has been working out alongside Seahawks running back Rashaad Penny, who’s second season ended prematurely due to an ACL injury. Penny grew up in Norwalk, a short 30-minute drive from Hermosa Beach.
Dissly will once again look to solidify his role as one of Russell Wilson’s main targets again this season. He’ll face some stiff competition with Luke Willson and Jacob Hollister returning and the addition of Olsen this offseason.
It will be an uphill battle for the Seahawks tight end, who will spend another offseason recovering from a season-ending injury. In 2018, he sustained a torn patellar tendon in his knee, but recovered quicker than expected.
One thing's for certain: Dissly comeback season is in full force.