Jan 13, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Seattle Seahawks tight end Zach Miller (86) runs after a catch in the third quarter of the NFC divisional playoff game against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome. The Falcons won 30-28. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Seattle Seahawks Hidden Roster Gems For 2013 NFL Season


No team has made a clearer statement about overtaking the NFC West than the Seattle Seahawks.  After free agency spending spree, they collected loads of young talent in the NFL draft.  Did they also add some expected gems to their already stout roster?

Offense – Zach Miller

Sidney Rice, Golden Tate and Marshawn Lynch were the primary actors in setting the stage for the coming out party for quarterback Russell Wilson.  However, sometime soon the Seattle Seahawks will want to open up the field a little more in the passing game.  That is a big reason why they traded for receiver Percy Harvin.  The other piece to the puzzle is at tight end.  Zach Miller is somewhat of a forgotten figure in Seattle.  After so many solid seasons in Oakland he has sat in obscurity on offense as the team shifted to a ground-and-pound approach.  Last season he had just 38 catches for 396 yards.  At age 27 he has only missed three games in his career and is likely primed for breakout once he and Wilson get on the same page.

Defense – Jesse Williams

How in the world defensive tackle Jesse Williams fell so far in the draft is a head scratcher for a lot of experts.  Prior to the first team going on the clock he was a rumored favorite to possibly jump into the first round or at least the second.  Instead he fell all the way to the 5th round, where the Seahawks no doubt gleefully scooped him up.  He brings size, a relentless motor and plenty of toughness right where they need it in their defense.  The big drawback was a knee injury last season in college.  Scouts wondered about his lower body strength even before that problem came up but there is no doubt the kid has enough power and effort to control the line of scrimmage.  That means big things for the many talented Seahawk pass rushers.

Special Teams – Chris Harper

At 6’1″ people wouldn’t think that a receiver like Chris Harper would make sense in the return game.  On other hand his 4.55 speed and lower body strength exhibit a player who is dangerous with the ball underneath his arm.  Given how loaded the Seattle Seahawks offense is at the starting receiver spots, Harper must find a way to make noise on special teams.  Though his primary experience is at quarterback and receiver, he has the speed and athleticism to become a serious threat on punt and kickoff returns.  That will only create more opportunities for himself and take the burden off Percy Harvin.

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  • Ben Peterson

    From what I hear, Chris Harper isn’t in the running for the punt returner job. That’s Golden Tate, Christine Michael and Walter Thurmond.

    • bobk333

      It’s amusing when people say they “hear” things about a team. Who did you hear it from? Pete Carroll? One of the players or coaches? A message board? Another reporter or writer, just like this one?

      • Ben Peterson

        Reporters, and in an interview with Pete Carroll.

        • Erik Lambert

          Easy now, boys. No need to resort to insults. This article is pure speculation about possibilities based on roster depth. I’m aware Harper is not currently competing for the return job, but I also know that can change based on injuries and coaching decisions. Just because he’s not in the running now doesn’t mean he won’t make an impression (or request) sometime in camp or the preseason.

  • skeletony

    I thought Percy Harvin was going to be the primary return guy? Wasn’t that why we let Leon Washington go (not that he wasn’t too old now anyway but he was released right after we got Harvin and it was reportedly because of Harvin’s return ability making him even more expendable.).

    • Erik Lambert

      That is the plan, but it is also a way to get the most talented offensive weapon they have hurt. Harvin doesn’t exactly have a glowing injury history. Just look to last season. He is effective as a return man, but in order to preserve his body, they may want to at least explore other options.

      • skeletony

        That’s true. Though I would cringe at the thought of losing Golden Tate to an injury as well, I can see where the money invested in Harvin would motivate Carroll and Co. to seek other options.

        • Erik Lambert

          It’s all about playing the chess game. The less a player has on his plate, the more effective he figures to be at the one thing he does. Clearly my Bears never got that message with Devin Hester.

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