8-6, 2nd NFC West
Doug Baldwin - The Seattle offense and defense has been in shambles over the last season, and Doug Baldwin has paired nicely with Wilson to be a bright spot on a team trending in the wrong direction. Now dealing with two bad MCL injuries, Baldwin is unlikely to return any time soon, at least to full health. Even if he tries to play through him, the productivity seems very limited. Brandon Marshall and Tyler Lockett will see a bulk of the targets in the meantime, which isn’t all that of a threatening duo.
Ed Dickson - After letting Jimmy Graham go, Ed Dickson was going to be the guy filling in for him. This was a downgrade at the position, and now Dickson’s quad injury has left him on the reserve at least until Week 7. Will Dissly has been the guy filling in, and has looked pretty good to start his career. This may have Dickson’s role a bit limited when he returns. It was not a guarantee that Dickson would see starter’s snaps anyway.
The Seattle Seahawks in more recent years have dealt with injuries to their wide receivers. Seattle has recently had a habit of drafting or signing undersized wideouts, and it has shown in the durability department. Tyler Lockett had a nasty leg break back in 2016, and it was just one of those compound fractures you do not want to see. Paul Richardson tore his ACL in 2014, which had him sit out a full year before returning in 2016. Richardson went on to get his cash in Washington, but durability remains a pretty big issue. It is hard to see either of these guys staying healthy for consecutive seasons. Earl Thomas is one of the best safeties we have seen in the post 2000 era. Thomas suffered a broken tibia back in 2016, which caused him to miss the rest of the season. He made it back for the 2017 season, and many of us were quite shocked that he did so. Thomas continues to play at a high level despite the injury in 2016. it was looking more and more like Thomas Rawls was going to fill the void lefty by Marshawn Lynch. Rawls hit the injured reserve in 2015, and coming back in 2016 he fractured his leg which made it impossible for him to get anything going in Seattle. Rawls played sporadically since then in Seattle, but has not looked like the guy we saw in his rookie season. Rawls is now trying to find backup work around the league hoping some of that magic returns. Jimmy Graham left New Orleans and when he got to Seattle he injured his patellar tendon. Graham was expected to come back, but not at the level of his usual play. He is still a red zone threat these days, but you can tell his running ability is not where it used to be.