John Carlson will get his chances

Tight end John Carlson has caught 17 passes, second-most on the Seahawks.

But 13 of those receptions occurred in the first three games, and after catching just four passes in the past three, there are now 23 different tight ends who have caught more passes than the Seahawks’ third-year tight end.

Not exactly what was expected this season when projections were that Seattle’s frequent use of two-tight end sets would set him up for a breakout season.

So what has happened?

“He just needs to maximize his opportunities and then he’ll get more opportunities,” quarterback Matt Hasselbeck said. “There’s no doubt that everyone in the building loves him. We know that he can be a good player, but we’ve just got to make it happen on Sunday. The scheme is a little different, but I think there are still ways to get him involved. I know that Jeremy Bates likes him. I know everybody likes him, and they feel good about his abilities. We’ve just got to make it happen. We’ve had good weeks in practice. We just have to make it happen on Sunday.”