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3 Seahawks Players Who Have a Make-or-Break 2020 Season Ahead

Jason Schandl
Seahawks players with a make-or-break season ahead in 2020, including running back Chris Carson.
Seahawks players with a make-or-break season ahead in 2020, including running back Chris Carson. / Alika Jenner/Getty Images
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Coming off a strong 11-5 regular season in 2019, the Seattle Seahawks are looking to remain among the top teams in the NFC. The way this roster is built, anything shy of a playoff berth and legitimate Super Bowl contention is going to be disappointing.

These high expectations leave little room for error for any of the players on the roster. With that in mind, here are three Seahawks players with a make-or-break season ahead in 2020.

1. Chris Carson

Chris Carson runs the ball during a 2019 game against the Panthers.
Chris Carson runs the ball during a 2019 game against the Panthers. / Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images

The Seahawks drafted Rashaad Penny in the first round even after Chris Carson showed flashes as a rookie. The Seahawks also seemed to sour on Carson down the stretch due to fumbling problems in 2019, giving him an average of 15.6 carries per game over his final five, down from 20.0 per game over his first 10. This is the final year of his contract, and if he doesn't protect the football and establish himself as the clear leader of this backfield then he may not like the contract extension offer he receivers from Seattle — if he gets one at all.

2. Will Dissly

Will Dissly celebrates a touchdown catch with Russell Wilson
Will Dissly celebrates a touchdown catch with Russell Wilson / Joe Sargent/Getty Images

Will Dissly was well on his way to a breakout season when he suffered a season-ending injury in Week 6 of the 2019 season. He's expected to be back from his torn Achilles tendon in time for Week 1, but he'll now be competing for snaps with veteran Greg Olsen. Olsen's nearing the end of his career, so the top TE spot could still be Dissly's when Olsen retires, but only if he proves that he can return and pick up where he left off before the injury.

3. Bradley McDougald

Bradley McDougald celebrates against the Eagles.
Bradley McDougald celebrates against the Eagles. / Steven Ryan/Getty Images

Another player whose contract is up at the end of 2020, Bradley McDougald didn't do much in 2019 to earn his $5.4 million cap hit for 2020. He could still be a cut candidate if the Seahawks decide they need the cap space, but he'll need to prove himself if he does stick around. He finished 2019 with a fairly weak 62.0 overall grade on Pro Football Focus. That was a big drop-off from where he was in 2017 and 2018, so all hope isn't lost. A bounce-back year should be enough to earn him a nice extension in Seattle, but if he continues on his downward trajectory, he may be looking for a new home this time next year.


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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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