The bulk of the Seahawks moves, as anticipated, have come in the trenches. Seattle has been diligent in adding quality and depth along the offensive line, and they’re continuing their pursuit of a top-tier pass rusher.
Adding Phillip Dorsett was an under-the-radar move that hasn’t gotten much buzz. The former Patriots wide receiver has the potential to fill a potentially important role on the Seahawks roster. NBC Sports Boston’s Phil Perry, who covered Dorsett during the receiver’s three-year stint in New England, said Seattle should be a great fit for the former first-round pick.
“As a No. 3 or a No. 4 in Seattle, somebody who can complement DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett, that feels like the right kind of role for Phillip Dorsett.”
The Seahawks struggled to find a consistent No. 3 wideout in 2019. David Moore underwhelmed following a promising 2018 campaign, Malik Turner flashed but lacked consistency, Josh Gordon got suspended indefinitely after just five games, Jaron Brown was a non-factor for most of the season and Seattle never really gave John Ursua much of a chance.
Dorsett thrived in a similar role in New England. According to Perry, from the end of 2018 to the beginning of 2019, Dorsett had a stretch of catching 26 consecutive targets, the fourth-longest streak in the NFL since 2009.
“He came through for Tom Brady in some big spots,” Perry said.
Dorsett caught four passes for 41 yards and a touchdown in the 2018 Divisional Round against the Chargers. He then caught a clutch 29-yard touchdown in the AFC Championship Game against the Chiefs the following week.
Things went south for Dorsett in 2019. New England cut Antonio Brown and Josh Gordon, and first-round pick N’Keal Harry struggled to stay healthy. Dorsett struggled after being thrust into a more prominent role.
He posted 29 receptions for 397 yards and five touchdowns in 14 games last season.
“When he was asked to be a No. 2 receiver, which happened at times in 2019 because the Patriots receiver depth was in the tank, it didn’t go so well,” Perry said. “It was harder for him to find separation, and you saw his overall per target numbers come down.”
That shouldn’t be an issue in Seattle as long as Metcalf and Lockett stay healthy. Additionally, Dorsett’s 4.33-speed should be a huge asset to the Seahawks vertical passing game. Russell Wilson is regarded as one of the best deep ball throwers in the NFL, and he has no shortage of targets who can take the top off of a defense.
The position battle at receiver should be a fun one to watch, especially if Seattle decides to draft one in April.