One stick at a time, the Seahawks are attempting to improve their beaver dam, Tuesday signing former Patriots WR Phillip Dorsett to a one-year free agent deal. Another former first-round pick with a disappointing NFL career, Dorsett’s speed (4.33-second 40 time at the 2015 combine, same as DK Metcalf in 2019) makes him a strong candidate for Seattle’s third receiver spot behind Tyler Lockett and Metcalf.
In three seasons in New England, Dorsett, 27, didn’t make a big impact with QB Tom Brady, totaling 73 passes for 881 yards and eight TDs in 45 regular-season games, including eight starts. In 14 games and four starts in 2019, he had 29 catches on 54 targets for 397 yards and five touchdowns.
At least part of the production problem last season was the increasing inaccuracy of Brady, whom you may have read was dumped by majordomo Bill Belichick. Dorsett (5-10, 192) had a better time in his first two NFL seasons in Indianapolis, where the Ft. Lauderdale native was taken 29th in the first round from Miami. He was traded to the Pats in 2017 for backup QB Jacoby Brissett.
In his second season with QB Andrew Luck, Dorsett had 33 catches on 59 targets for 528 yards and two TDs. That kind of production would be large in Seattle, where none last eason among David Moore, Jaron Brown, Malik Turner and Josh Gordon owned the third spot. Only Moore, who had 17 catches for 301 yards, and Turner likely will be back, along with second-year man John Ursua.
Since the 2020 draft is loaded at the position, Seattle still might add another target for QB Russell Wilson, who also has TE Greg Olsen, right now the most noteworthy newcomer for the Seahawks, who also have spent on offense for four linemen and the return of TE Luke Willson.