Thursday, May 30, 2013
710ESPN Seattle audio: Depth concerns
By Mike Sando
The St. Louis Rams quietly added 6-foot-7, 280-pound tight end Zach Potter in free agency earlier this month.
Potter's addition gives the Rams three tight ends with at least five starts in the NFL last season. Lance Kendricks had 14, all for the Rams. Jared Cook had five for the Tennessee Titans. Potter had five for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Rams can feel pretty good about their depth at the position.
What about the Seattle Seahawks? Zach Miller is the only tight end on the roster with starting experience. He had 15 starts and played 814 snaps last season. Sean McGrath is the only other tight end on the roster to play a single regular-season NFL snap -- ever. He played eight snaps last season.
The chart shows combined 2012 starts and snaps for current NFC West tight ends. The Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers might have the best two starting tight ends in the division, but none of their backups has even one NFL start.
San Francisco used a 2013 second-round choice for tight end Vance McDonald. Seattle used a fifth-rounder for tight end Luke Willson.
Dave Grosby, Bob Stelton and I discussed the implications for the Seahawks during our recent conversation on 710ESPN Seattle.