The Seattle Seahawks drafted Nick Vannett in the third rounder of the 2016 NFL Draft and hoped to have landed the team’s future Hall of Famer at tight end position. So when tight end Jimmy Graham hit the free agency market this offseason and opted to sign with the Green Bay Packers, it looks like it’s time for Vannett to succeed.
But through the first couple of games this 2018 NFL regular season, it’s been rookie tight end Will Dissly that earned the trust of quarterback Russell Wilson as his preferred target at the position. While the former Ohio State star Vannett has four catches for about 34 yards, the rookie tight end Dissly completed a six catches for an stunning 147 yards run and a pair of touchdowns.
Ahead of the Seattle Seahawks’ Week 3 schedule against the Dallas Cowboys, Russel Wilson was interviewed by the press media and detailed Dissly’s game play in the field. Not only did Wilson call him “a baller,” but also compared him to Jason Witten, Cowboys Hall of Famer and current color analyst for ESPN’s Monday Night Football.
“He’s a baller. He kind of reminds me of a young Jason Witten a little bit, just how he sees the game and how he runs routes. He just catches the ball every time you throw it,” per Jon Machota of the Dallas News.
The play of Dissly has been very impactful to the Seattle, but how he’s been able to dominate after the season opener playing time split is even more overwhelming. In the opening game of Seaahawks this season, Dissly played scarcely fewer snaps than Vannett, but was far better from a receiving perspective.
Dissly, selected by the Seahawks in the fourth round (120th overall) of the 2018 NFL Draft, caught three passes for 105 yards and single touchdown while Vannett’s one catch went for just 11 yards. Obviously, Dissly was clearly able to do more with his targets than Vannett.
In Week 2, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll opted to give Dissly a significant playing time, as his 47 offensive snaps outdone the 26 Vannett played.
It appears like the Seahawks have revised over to Dissly being the team starter, which makes sense considering he’s leading the team in receiving as the team enters Week 3 against the Cowboys.