ESPN’s Josina Anderson has reported that the Seattle Seahawks have agreed to a one-year contract with former Patriots wide receiver Phillip Dorsett. Last year Dorsett recorded 29 receptions for 397 yards and five touchdowns earning $2.6 million. Quarterback Russell Wilson expressed his desire for more weapons on offense and Dorsett could fill that wish as a third dependable receiver. The Seahawks struggled last year to find a dependable receiver before Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf. Here is a look at Dorsett’s career.
The Colts drafted Dorsett in the 1st round as the 29th player in the 2015 looking for the former Miami Hurricane to expand on a stellar collegiate career. His best collegiate year was his last year catching 10 TD’s in 12 games. Dorsett also ran track at Miami. After a decent first year with the Colts Dorsett had a breakout year in 2016 setting career marks in receptions ( 33 ), on (59)targets for 528 yards. Dorsett finished the season with two touchdowns. Current Seahawks offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer was the teams quarterback coach.
REGIME SHIFT CAUSES CHANGE
After finishing 8-8 in 2016 the Colts hired GM Chris Ballard who make the decision to trade Dorsett to the Patriots for quarterback Jacoby Brissett before the start of the 2017. In his three years with the Patriots Dorsett’s best statically year was 2018 catching 32 of 42 targets for 290 yards and three touchdowns. Despite having a productive 2019 Dorsett found himself a free chance once again.
WANTED TO BE IN SEATTLE
For Dorsett the move to Seattle represented a golden opportunity to reunite with Schottenhiemer and play with Wilson.
Seattle felt like the best opportunity to be the player I know I can be as a (receiver),” he was quoted as saying. “I spoke to Russell Wilson on face time while he was working out. Shows you his work ethic. That got me extra excited. I think overall it’s just the right fit for me.”Dorset t telling Josina Anderson why he choose Seattle over other teams.
In addition to the Seahawks the Jets, 49ers, Raiders and Chargers were all looking to add Dorsett their receiving corps.
Dorsett is not going to get the Seahawks into the SuperBowl on his own. What he will provide will be a third check down option for Wilson when Lockett and Metcalf are covered in the deep third of the field. While he is no Doug Baldwin Dorsett should catch about 30 passes in 10-15 yard range.