Which Seahawks player will have the bigger impact: Gordon or Dickson?
Wide receiver Josh Gordon was on the field for the first time as a member of the Seahawks in Monday’s overtime victory over the San Francisco 49ers, and while his numbers may not jump off the box score, he was a huge part in the team’s 27-24 win.
Gordon’s first catch of the game went for 13 yards and came on a third-and-6 in the fourth quarter that continued a drive that resulted in a Jason Myers field goal. He later beat former Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman on a deep slant route in overtime, also on third down, for 14 yards.
But Gordon isn’t the only pass catcher who may have a big impact for the Seahawks going forward.
Tight end Ed Dickson, who underwent knee surgery in August, is eligible to return off injured reserve. It’s expected he will make his debut during the team’s Week 12 matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles. And if Seattle doesn’t activate Dickson for the Eagles game, he won’t be eligible to return at all this season.
So between Gordon and Dickson, who will have the larger impact for Seattle the rest of the season? Tom Wassell of Tom, Jake and Stacy asked co-host Jake Heaps just that.
“This one, I was kind of going back and forth on,” Heaps said. “Because you don’t know the extent of Luke Willson’s injury.”
Tight end Luke Willson left Monday’s game with a hamstring injury and could be out of action for a few weeks. Head coach Pete Carroll described the injury as “legit.”
“I think adding Ed Dickson into this will definitely help booster the depth of this team,” Heaps continued, “but when you look at it from a receiving tight end standpoint, Jacob Hollister has taken over that role.”
Hollister has three touchdowns over the team’s last two games and is the only healthy tight end currently on the roster if you exclude offensive tackle George Fant, who often lines up as a sixth offensive lineman/extra tight end.
“It will be interesting to see what Ed Dickson’s role will be,” Heaps said. “He’s a good blocking tight end, he had good moments for the Seahawks last year in the receiving game so he’ll be a welcomed addition, a veteran piece to this (offense) that will definitely help.”
Despite the praise for Dickson, Heaps thinks Gordon will have the bigger impact for Seattle over the course of the season.
Gordon played just 28 of 74 offensive snaps but could have a big role for the team going forward.
Star wide receiver Tyler Lockett left Monday’s contest with a leg injury, and he stayed in a Bay Area hospital until Wednesday before flying back to Seattle. Carroll said the team and doctors were being cautious with the injury, which they were worried was compartment syndrome and would have required surgery. The expectation is Lockett won’t miss any time.
“He just had a big bruise on his shin and the swelling issue is what was of concern,” Carroll said Monday on 710 ESPN Seattle’s Pete Carroll Show. “It should be OK. It shouldn’t be a big problem going forward, and it’s great we have the (bye) week. There’s concern when that happens that you can have complications and stuff like that.”
Gordon started the season with the New England Patriots and was placed on injured reserve with a knee injury after Week 7, but he fully recovered, and the team was required to waive him due to placing him on IR with a minor injury designation. The Seahawks were successful in their waiver claim before the team’s Week 9 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers despite being 28th in waiver priority. Gordon sat out of that contest and made his debut Monday night.