Phillip Dorsett has made the most of his opportunities so far during Seahawks camp. Seattle’s offseason addition is expected to be the No. 3 receiver behind Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf when the season opens on Sept. 13 against the Falcons.
His best play thus far was a long touchdown from Russell Wilson where he was able to get behind the Seahawks starting secondary. It’s evident that Dorsett still has plenty of his acclaimed speed. If you ask Carroll, he’ll tell you that Dorsett hasn’t lost a step since he ran a 4.27 40-yard dash at the 2015 NFL Combine.
“He’s the fastest guy we’ve ever had here,” Carroll boldly said on Thursday. "He runs in time realms we don’t even think really exist – 4.2s and stuff.”
That’s quite the statement, given the Seahawks had Percy Harvin at one point and currently have Lockett and Metcalf on the roster. But 4.27 seconds is no joke, especially if you can get that speed to translate onto the football field.
Seattle is likely to utilize Dorsett in specific instances that take advantage of his speed.
“In our system with Russ, the way he likes to bomb the football, (Dorsett is) a big factor for us,” Carroll said. “In fact, we’re just installing stuff the next couple days that really accentuate some of those kinds of plays. I’m really anxious to see him fit in.”
The trio of Lockett, Metcalf and Dorsett might be the fastest in the NFL. Throw in two talented tight ends in Greg Olsen and Will Dissly as well as a quality stable of running backs and you get the makings of a special offense.
“It’s pretty dynamic,” Carroll said.
Dorsett, while having his moments, has been mostly underwhelming since being drafted in the first round by the Colts in 2015. He’s yet to eclipse 600 receiving yards, and he’s never had more than 33 receptions in a season.
But that’s not of the Seahawks concern. They don’t need him to live up to his first-round billing. They need him to be a deep threat that can take some pressure off of the other targets in the passing game. He’ll likely remain a week-to-week boom or bust player, but don’t be surprised if Dorsett is the catalyst for a win or two this season.