It's been said that the offensive landscape in the NFL has been changing and more and more teams are looking to emphasize the tight end. In this new wave of development, the Seattle Seahawks have acquired two former Pro Bowl tight ends to pair up in 2012.
Over the past two seasons the Seahawks acquired former Oakland Raider Zach Miller and more recently, former Tampa Bay Buccaneer Kellen Winslow via trade. With these two players, Seattle could be coming out of the singleback formation a lot more often. Having weapons like these guys at both ends of the line when you're unaware if their receiving or blocking is challenging as well.
This could be a very threatening pass catching tandem. And with Seattle settling their quarterback situation, good tight ends are a QB's best friend.
While some may say that Winslow lost a step, it looks like he'll be playing with a chip on his shoulder in 2012. He wasn't pleased with how the Tampa organization treated him, and he believes he is still a very good football player.
What alleviates some of the concern from our third and final tandem is that the 49ers' linebackers and safeties are so good. Neither player is freakishly gifted like a Jimmy Graham or Rob Gronkowski, but together Miller and Winslow could be a solid pairing.
The combination of these two could also do wonders for Marshawn Lynch and the ground attack, as well as open up things for the receivers outside. The pairing of Miller and Winslow should prove to be a good move by the Seahawks; one that could produce immediate results in 2012.
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