Seahawks UDFA tracker: WSU QB Anthony Gordon headlines list
The 2020 NFL Draft has concluded, but now the Seahawks and the rest of the NFL have shifted their focus to those who weren’t drafted in the draft’s seven rounds on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
And while the three days came and went without WSU quarterback Anthony Gordon’s name being called – though one of his top targets, receiver Dezmon Patmon went 212th overall to the Indianapolis Colts in the sixth round – fans of Gordon’s will be excited that he’s staying in the state and signing with the Seahawks as an undrafted free agent.
Shortly after the seventh-round ended, NFL.com’s Tom Pelissero reported that Gordon will be signing with Seattle. Washington State’s football program followed up to confirm.
The Pac-12 and WSU single-season record holder for passing yds, total offense, completion % and passing TD is headed to Seattle!
— Washington State Football (@WSUCougarFB) April 26, 2020
Gordon isn’t the only local player staying in the state with the Seahawks. UW Huskies wide receiver Aaron Fuller also signed with Seattle.
The Seahawks made 14 UDFA signings official Sunday: Gordon, Fuller, RB Anthony Jones, RB Patrick Carr, WR Seth Dawkins, TE Tyler Mabry, OL Tommy Champion, DT Marcus Webb, DT Josh Avery, DE/LB Eli Mencer, S Chris Miller, CB Gavin Heslop, CB Kemah Siverand and DB Debione Renfro.
In his one season as the Cougs’ starting quarterback, Gordon excelled in then-head coach Mike Leach’s Air Raid offense. He set both WSU and Pac-12 records with 5,579 passing yards in 2019, and he also found the end zone regularly, throwing 48 touchdown passes all while completing over 71% of his passes. He has a chance to be the Seahawks’ backup quarterback in 2020 behind Russell Wilson.
The Seahawks had no quarterbacks on their roster aside from Wilson as 2019 backup Geno Smith remains unsigned in free agency, so adding a quarterback either in the draft or in undrafted rookie free agency was a likely possibility for Seattle.
The Seahawks have gone the undrafted rookie route to find Wilson’s backup quarterback before. The last time that happened was with Trevone Boykin from TCU, who was Wilson’s backup in 2016 after going undrafted. He was also on Seattle’s practice squad for the 2017 season behind Wilson and current Seahawks running back coach Austin Davis.
Here’s a look at some announcements that were made Saturday of Seahawks additions:
• Marcus Webb, DT, Troy
Marcus Webb ➡️ @Seahawks
— Troy Trojans Football (@TroyTrojansFB) April 25, 2020
• Chris Miller, safety, Baylor
— Baylor Football (@BUFootball) April 25, 2020
• Tyler Mabry, TE, Maryland
— T (@TylerMabry_1) April 26, 2020
• Josh Avery, DT, Southeast Missouri
— SEMO Football 🏈🏆 (@SEMOfootball) April 26, 2020
• Seth Dawkins, WR, Louisville
Seahawks!!! 💚💙 Let’s do it 💪🏾
— Seth Dawkins (@dawkins5_) April 25, 2020
• Anthony Jones, RB, Florida International
— FIU Football (@FIUFootball) April 26, 2020
FIU RB Anthony Jones, who has recovered from being shot in the face last year and is a relative of Vikings’ RB Dalvin Cook, will be signing with the Seattle Seahawks, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 25, 2020
• Kemah Siverand, CB, Oklahoma State
— Cowboy Football 🇨🇦🤠 (@CowboyFB) April 26, 2020
• Gavin Heslop, CB, Stony Brook
— StepinacAthletics (@StepinacSports) April 26, 2020
• Eli Mencer, DE/LB, Albany
— UAlbany Football (@UAlbanyFootball) April 25, 2020
• Patrick Carr, RB, Houston
— Houston Football (@UHCougarFB) April 26, 2020