Pete Carroll likes to hype up any player he can, so we have to take his comments with a grain of salt. But when asked who this year’s breakout player will be, his answer was Gerald Everett.
One of the reasons they signed Everett was because he and new OC and former Rams passing game coordinator Shane Waldron wanted a third “legitimate threat in passing situations,” so Waldron signed someone he was very familiar with from his days in LA. He was also the TE coach when the Rams drafted Everett.
Everett is one of those freak athletes that you just hope gets a ton of opportunity. He’s oozing with upside when you look at his metrics, but we haven’t seen that come to fruition yet. He’s had moments, but it sounds like he might get a legit opportunity in Seattle.
Just to give you an idea of his athleticism, we know that Jonnu Smith is one of the best TEs after the catch, but Everett has actually had a higher missed tackle rate than Jonnu Smith throughout their short careers.
This offense is going to be different, plain and simple. The frustrating years of OC Brian Scottenheimer is behind the Seahawks, and they’re now in a new offensive era, and the hope is that this passing offense can truly be unlocked. DK Metcalf, Tyler Lockett, and now Gerald Everett can potentially benefit big-time.
Over the past 5 seasons, Russell Wilson has targeted the TE in the red zone 30% of the time, which is a big number. Everett’s huge catch radius can definitely take advantage of those end zone targets.
Everett is on my list of late-round targets at the tight end position, especially if I’m punting the position early.