With Zach Miller now done for the year, and the health of Luke Willson and Cooper Helfet a little uncertain, the Seahawks are going to need some help at tight end this weekend at Kansas City.
Which is where Tony Moeaki comes in.
Seattle signed Moeaki last week as a free agent. But he was inactive for the game against the Raiders, with coach Pete Carroll saying they just didn’t think he was ready to play yet.
But Moeaki is going to have to play now.
“Yeah, Tony has to step up now and jump right in there,” Carroll said Wednesday. “We kept him out last week because we thought it was too soon. It’s still early, still really quick to put a guy in there and expect him to do everything but he is a veteran. He does understand it and he’s picked things up really well. He’s had a very good 10 days with us so far. We will see how far he can take it but we’re counting on him to play.”
And in the kind of twist often found in sports, he’ll get his Seattle career started where his NFL career began, as he played from 2010-12 in Kansas City, making 80 catches in those two years when he looked at times like a budding star.
In fact, this story this morning from ESPN looked at what might have been for Moeaki in Kansas City had he been able to stay healthy.
Moeaki wasn’t too interested Wednesday in walking down memory lane with reporters, instead preferring to look ahead to his future with Seattle.
“Yeah, I was in Kansas City for three-and-a-half years, so it was a great place,” he said. “But now I’m in Seattle and Seattle is a great place. So I’m excited to be here.”
Moeaki said he would have been ready if called on last week, making it even more clear that he feels ready for whatever the team has planned for him this week.
“I had a good grasp on the playbook,” he said. “I was ready to play, so I studied hard last week and you know it wasn’t my decision to do that, and that’s fine. But if my number is called this week, I will be ready”
In other news. …
— Here’s our weekly recap of all of the NFL power rankings.
— Our story on the loss of Zach Miller for the season.
— The Kansas City Star on Moeaki.
— Kiero Small, drafted by Seattle in 2014 and then released, and then earlier this week cut by Cleveland, has been signed to Baltimore’s practice squad.
— Sort of thought Tarvaris Jackson would make this list.
— Here’s ESPN’s preview of the game.
— Yahoo.com with a preview.
— FoxSports with a preview.
— FieldGulls with a scouting report on the Chiefs.
— The Kansas City Chiefs blog with some links.
— Chiefs.com also takes a look at the Seahawks.
— Lindy’s with a preview.
— FoxSports on the Chiefs’ rising confidence.
Finally, the Seahawks-Giants game was the most-watched in the NFL last weekend:
— Greg Aiello (@gregaiello) November 13, 2014