Seahawks training camp questions: Who will be the No. 3 receiver?

Aug 11, 2020, 9:47 AM | Updated: 11:08 am
Seahawks WR Phillip Dorsett...
The Seahawks signed speedy WR Phillip Dorsett in free agency. (Getty)

Who would you guess finished as the Seahawks third-leading receiver last year?

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If you guessed it was tight end Jacob Hollister, congratulations. But it’s alright if you didn’t. That isn’t a slight on Hollister, who was asked to step up after a slew of injuries at tight end and finished with 349 yards and three touchdowns, including a Week 9 game winner in overtime.

Instead, it’s meant to highlight that Seattle’s receiving corps on paper effectively looks like Tyler Lockett (1,057 yards, eight touchdowns) and DK Metcalf (900 yards, seven touchdowns), and then everyone else.

That doesn’t have to be the case in 2020, and chances are Seattle’s coaches would like to see a third or fourth target emerge for Wilson as well. So, who’s going to occupy that spot this year?

This series will answer five of the biggest questions the Seahawks face heading into training camp. And beginning August 17, 710 ESPN Seattle will air Two-A-Days: at 11 a.m. every morning (John Clayton will be joined by a special guest, and at 5:30 p.m. every day ex-Seahawks wide receiver Michael Bumpus will take over the 710 ESPN Seattle Instagram page for a live video chat.)

Today’s question: Who’s going to be WR3?

Phillip Dorsett

The 5-foot-10, 179-pound former first-rounder signed a one-year deal with the Seahawks in March.

Dorsett was praised for his speed, route-running and deep threat ability when he was coming out of Miami in 2015. The Indianapolis Colts were intrigued enough to select him 29th overall. Just before the start of the 2017 regular season, the Colts – needing depth behind Andrew Luck – traded Dorsett to the New England Patriots in exchange for quarterback Jacoby Brissett.

Dorsett didn’t reach first-round expectations in New England either, but he did finish with 397 yards and five touchdowns in 2019. His ceiling, combined with the fact that the Seahawks brought him in as an outside free agent, make him a favorite for this competition.

Greg Olsen or Will Dissly

I’m expecting Greg Olsen, who signed a one-year, $7 million deal with the Seahawks in February, to see the most targets after Lockett and Metcalf, particularly to start the season (quarterback Russell Wilson appeared to recruit Olsen to Seattle, and you’d expect Wilson to incorporate him early).

Dissly was leading the team in touchdowns before his Week 6 injury last year and has been a reliable target in his limited appearances. The biggest challenge for him won’t necessarily be to make himself available to Wilson, but instead to stay healthy. He’s coming off a torn Achilles, his second season-ending injury.

It’s also worth mentioning Jacob Hollister here. He did, after all, occupy this role last year and Seattle valued him enough to place a second-round tender on him as a restricted free agent.

David Moore

David Moore is a returning veteran who has hovered around the fourth receiver spot since 2018 and has a chance to take another step forward. The Seahawks tendered him earlier this year, along with Hollister. Moore will face stiff competition – not only from Dorsett and Olsen, but also from rookies.

Josh Gordon 

He’s currently suspended and awaiting reinstatement from the league, but it’s been clear Gordon would sign with Seattle (and according to ESPN’s Brady Henderson, that feeling is mutual). Players actually on the roster get priority for the sake of this list, but Gordon could certainly acclimate quickly to Seattle’s offense, considering he spend time there in 2019.

The rest of the pack in training camp: Freddie Swain, Stephen Sullivan, Penny Hart, Aaron Fuller, Cody Thompson

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