The Seahawks love what D.J. Hackett is giving them this season. His contributions reflect a few things.
One, Hackett has always performed well when given opportunities. Two, he is getting more opportunities because veteran WR Bobby Engram remains sidelined by a thyroid condition. The team's depth and consistency issues at tight end are also getting Hackett on the field more. This happens when the team goes to its two-back, three-wide offense at the expense of a tight end. Hackett plays every snap in this personnel group, plus every snap in the four-wide group. They are still leaving Nate Burleson in the one-back, three-wide group, but Hackett is out there for roughly 40 percent of the snaps depending on the game.
The chart at right shows his production this season on third down, something a reader asked about earlier. They have thrown to him 11 times on third down by my count. This has produced eight completed passes, each for a first down, with one touchdown. Many of these third-down catches have come over the middle.