Seattle Seahawks training camp is underway, but that doesn’t mean Russell Wilson has abandoned his hopes of adding more offensive weapons this season.
Speaking to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, the Seahawks quarterback explained why Josh Gordon and Antonio Brown are of the league’s elite, and why it never hurts to add more playmakers to Seattle's roster in the juggernaut NFC West.
“Josh came in with us last year and he was such an amazing energy in terms of just how he loved the game,” Wilson said. “I pray for him all the time, that’s my guy. Hopefully he can play in the league because I know he’s a special, special person. He’s gone through a lot. He lost his brother last year, a pretty heavy year.
"I think at the same time, some of the plays he can make, he’s one of the best receivers in the game. He was really catching fire with us early on when we were able to get him the ball."
Gordon played five games with the Seahawks before the 29-year-old was handed an indefinite suspension from the NFL for violating the league’s polices on performance-enhancing drugs and substances of abuse. The loss of his brother led to his recent relapse, according to his attorney Adam Kenner.
The 2013 All-Pro applied for reinstatement last month and awaits a decision whether he will be able to play in the NFL again.
In the interview, Wilson also mentioned his offseason workouts with the seven-time Pro Bowler Antonio Brown. The embattled wide receiver spent time with the Seahawks quarterback in the San Diego area this offseason.
The Seahawks reportedly conducted a deep dive on Brown, given Wilson’s plea to add more superstars. Brown, however, was issued an eight-game suspension for a pair of off-field incidents. The civil lawsuit accusing Brown of sexual assault and rape remains unresolved, meaning the league could eventually impose future punishment.
Currently, Seattle’s wide receiver room is led by Tyler Lockett and second-year pro DK Metcalf. The Seahawks also signed veteran Phillip Dorsett as a possible third option this offseason.
David Moore (ankle) and 2020 sixth-round pick Freddie Swain (groin) are both sidelined with injuries. Each are considered to be extremely minor.
But Wilson needs all the help he can get, and the electric playmaker knows more weapons wouldn’t hurt in Seattle’s quest to scorch enemies in 2020.
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