Five questions with Seahawks writer Hello again

 Back for another round of questions for a writer who covers the
Raiders next opponent.This week we speak with Kenneth Arthur from SB Nation
Seahawks blog Field Gulls.1. What have the Seahawks done to replace KJ Wright
and how has it worked out?2. A lot of people were predicting the Seahawks to be
pretty bad this year and yet they were a couple of points away from upsetting
the best team in football and winning three straight. What area has surprised of
late for them few expected?3. What is the Seahawks weakest area on each side of
the ball?4. The Raiders gave the Seahawks back Ken Norton Jr and the Seahawks
gave the Raiders back Tom Cable. What has been the opinion of the job Norton has
done in Seattle this season and what was the opinion of Cable from his time
there and why his offensive lines always seemed to underachieve?5. Give me one
under the radar player we should be keeping an eye on in this game? The Denver
Broncos have spent years trying to solve their tight end troubles.Their
inadequate coverage of tight ends and inability to get much production from
their own are two of the biggest reasons they've fallen so far from their Super
Bowl perch and have been looking up at the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC West
since 2016.Both problems appeared to be fixed this season thanks to an influx of
talent on defense and a return to health of Jake Butt Kelechi
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, who missed his rookie season last year after
tearing up his right knee in his final game at Michigan.Yet, Butt's season is
over after he tore his left ACL at a walkthrough practice Thursday and the
Broncos haven't shown much progress in throttling opposing tight ends, either.In
their opener, the Broncos allowed Seattle's Will Dissly to become the first
tight end in league history to top 100 yards receiving and score a touchdown in
his NFL debut, one that included a 66-yard rumble featuring four missed
tackles.Butt's third ACL tear was the crushing blow, coming four days before the
Broncos (2-1) host the Chiefs (3-0) on Monday night ."I felt for Jake right
away Cheap
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," Broncos coach Vance Joseph said. "He's
worked so hard for the last two years to get himself back to this point. He was
improving every day. He was making plays for us on Sundays. You can see the
special ability this player had and the passion."This guy was the same guy every
day: happy, fully engaged every day, a very smart football player. It's a shame
that it ended that way on that kind of play."The Broncos promoted third-year
tight end Brian Parker from their practice squad Saturday when Butt joined
rookie Troy Fumagalli on IR.That means the Broncos' tight end group now consists
of two undrafted players in Parker and Matt LaCosse and 2015 third-round draft
pick Jeff Heuerman, who has just 23 career catches and two touchdowns."He's been
a good pass-catcher for us," Joseph said. "He's always been a pretty good
pass-catcher. Now, without Jake ,
obviously his targets should go up a little bit. But he's done a great job in
the past, especially in the red zone."Offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave said,
"We're all just broken up about it."His loss is a big blow to the Broncos'
special teams, too."It's a huge loss," special teams coordinator Tom McMahon
said. "He's a great pro, he loves football. I love Jake. This football team
loves Jake. How he acts as a man ,
if my boys can be that guy 10 years from now, I'll be a very proud dad."Covering
tight ends has been Denver's Achilles heel for two years.It was a big reason
they didn't make the playoffs in 2016 and last year they allowed the
third-fewest yards (3,395) in the NFL, but tight ends accounted for 1,023 of
those yards — third-most in the league.After focusing on fixing that all
offseason, Dissly's debut was a downer for the Broncos Cheap
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, who also allowed four catches for 49 yards to
Oakland tight end Jared Cook the following week and Ravens rookie tight end Mark
Andrews' 12-yard TD catch last week.Up next is Chiefs star tight end Travis
Kelce, who had a 133-yard game against the Broncos last year."He's just a guy
that is hard to put a linebacker on because of his ability," defensive
coordinator Joe Woods said. "He has the size to match up with safeties. He's
really like a wide receiver and tight end. He's definitely a difficult matchup,
but I have a lot of confidence in the guys we have — Justin Simmons and our
whole safety crew."I think we have a chance to go matchup at times against him
and win our fair share."
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