DANNY AND GALLANT
Is this the best wide receiver group Wilson has had with the Seahawks?
Seahawks star quarterback Russell Wilson is coming off arguably the best season of his career and is seen as one of the top two or three quarterbacks in the league as he enters his ninth season in the NFL.
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Wilson threw for over 4,100 yards, had 31 touchdown passes and just five interceptions, completed over 66% of his passes and once again led the Seahawks to the playoffs while earning Second-Team All-Pro honors after being in the MVP conversation the entire season.
Wilson’s two favorite targets last year, wide receivers Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf, combined for nearly 2,000 yards in the regular season and are both back with the team in 2020.
As Wilson enters another presumed “peak season,” does he have the best group of weapons at wide receiver that he’s ever had? Who better to tackle that question than former Seahawks wide receiver Michael Bumpus, who shared his thoughts with 710 ESPN Seattle’s Danny and Gallant on Friday.
“It could be,” Bumpus said. “You have (free-agent addition) Phillip Dorsett who (Seahawks head coach) Pete Carroll says is the fastest receiver he’s ever had, you have DK who I feel like can be a Pro Bowl-type receiver, you have Tyler Lockett who’s been to the Pro Bowl as a returner. I think if it’s not the best receiver corps, they have the most chemistry with Russell Wilson.”
Lockett and Wilson have shown off their chemistry since Lockett entered the NFL in 2015 and Metcalf and his quarterback also quickly developed a bond and trust as Metcalf quickly emerged as the No. 2 receiver as a rookie. Now Dorsett, a former first-round pick, is in the mix and he’s worked out with Wilson this offseason and is the favorite to assume the No. 3 receiver role.
“I feel like the connection is deeper than with any receiver corps he’s ever had. I think about the best receiving corps and I think of (in 2013 when the Seahawks had) Golden Tate, Percy Harvin was there for a bit but didn’t really play with Golden Tate, (they had) good receivers (like) Jermaine Kearse, you had Doug Baldwin and all those guys were ballers,” Bumpus said. “I’d take Doug Baldwin over anybody just because I love who he is, love how he played the game, but those three names – Lockett, DK and Phillip Dorsett – you’ve got to put them up there.
“You’ve got the little guy who does everything, you’ve got the fast guy in Dorsett who’s going to stretch the field out, you’ve got the big guy who’s really learning still how to be a receiver and he received over 900 yards last year. The best receiving corps? I think we’ll find out this year if that is true, but the most chemistry? Most definitely.”
Expectation for Dorsett
Lockett and Metcalf are known commodities in the Seahawks’ offense and Bumpus, like many, expects both of them to surpass 1,000 yards receiving in 2020. But Dorsett is less known in Seattle and he’s also failed to live up to his billing as a first-round pick. His best year in terms of receiving yards was in his second season in 2016 when he had 528 yards. He hasn’t had more than 400 since then.
Bumpus did give a prediction in terms of the amount of yards he thinks Dorsett ends the year with, but he said there’s something more important than numbers that Dorsett should bring to the offense.
“From Phillip Dorsett, I’ll take about 500 or 600 yards and just a couple big plays,” he said. “I think Phillip Dorsett’s value is just making really big plays. He can go through a game with only three receptions, but he’ll have one reception for 50 yards in the third quarter when they really need it. That’s going to be his role. They’re not going to lean on this guy to produce every single week with high-value numbers and stuff, but he’s going to be just expected to make a big play here and there.”
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