Heaps: The keys to new Seahawks WR Josh Gordon’s 2 critical catches
The Seahawks’ road upset of the San Francisco 49ers was not only important in the standings, but also for what the team can accomplish down the final stretch after its Week 11 bye.
Seattle pulled off the nail-biting win in overtime in game that saw several lead changes, multiple turnovers by both offenses and a stark difference in kicking.
What the game also saw was the Seahawks debut of recently-acquired wide receiver Josh Gordon.
Former NFL quarterback Jake Heaps, who co-hosts 710 ESPN Seattle’s Tom, Jake and Stacy, looks at Gordon’s debut in this week’s video breakdown.
Gordon, a former All-Pro with the Cleveland Browns, started the season with the Patriots. He was waived by New England and the Seahawks claimed him to give quarterback Russell Wilson another option in the passing game, which was especially important after tight end Will Dissly tore his Achilles tendon in Week 6 and became even more crucial late in Monday’s game when Tyler Lockett was sidelined with a lower leg contusion.
Gordon was inactive Week 9 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers but suited up for Monday’s divisional clash and came up with two big plays for Seattle. While he had just two catches for 27 yards, they both came on critical third downs.
Heaps opens the video on a third down with 3:30 left in the fourth quarter. The game was tied 21-21, and the team needed at least six yards to keep the drive alive. Wilson went to his new target, and the conversion helped set up a Jason Myers field goal.
Josh Gordon's first catch as a Seahawk: CLUTCH
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) November 12, 2019
Next up was Gordon’s second catch, which came in overtime at the expense of former Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman. You can watch that play at this link.
In the video, Heaps explains which 49ers players Wilson was reading to determine whether he would be going to Gordon, as well as what routes other Seahawks were running that helped Gordon get open.
The Seahawks have the week off in Week 11 and will take on the Philadelphia Eagles in a road game in Week 12.
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