A lot of chatter over the last month may have focused on all of the Seahawks’ losses on defense this offseason, but some big holes were also left on offense. The loss of tight end Jimmy Graham leaves Seattle lacking a major red zone target. Another glaring spot was left open on the outside when last year’s number two receiver Paul Richardson and his 703 receiving yards bolted for a big-money deal with the Washington Redskins.
Entering training camp, there are plenty of questions about who can help fill the void in the passing game. Now that OTAs are underway, we’ll break down Seattle’s options at the wide receiver position.
#89 Doug Baldwin, 5’10”, 192 pounds:
Baldwin, entering his eighth NFL season, is a lock as the Seahawks’ number one receiver and will line up in the slot. The clear-cut leader of the group, a third career 1,000-yard receiving season is expected in 2018.
#16 Tyler Lockett, 5’10”, 182 pounds:
The fourth-year pro is penciled in as one of the starters on the outside, though he will line up all over the field. While showing big-play ability at times, Tyler has struggled with consistency throughout his career. He has never exceeded 664 receiving yards in a single season, averaging just over 38 yards per game in his three seasons with the Seahawks. Lockett will be Seattle’s primary kick-returner and has the speed and quickness to be a great run-after-the-catch player. He’s in line for a major bump in usage and production this season.
#18 Jaron Brown, 6′ 3″, 204 pounds:
An intriguing size-speed combination, Brown ran a 4.4-second 40-yard dash at his Clemson pro day in 2013. Combined with a 35.5-inch vertical jump and a 10’4″ broad jump, Jaron is a rare blend of athleticism and height. Pete Carroll covets big receivers, and after signing a two-year deal with Seattle this offseason, the 28-year-old Brown should have the first crack at the third receiver spot.
In his five seasons with the Arizona Cardinals, Jaron averaged 13.7 yards per reception with nine career touchdowns. Brown is a likely replacement to receive a bulk of Jimmy Graham’s red-zone targets, but he has struggled historically with catching the ball. According to Pro Football Reference, Jaron has just a 55.4 percent catch rate of on-target passes. Despite that, Brown is a lock to make the roster. He provides a much-needed veteran presence and a big target on the outside. He can also contribute on the kicking teams, with 19 career special teams tackles.
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#82 Amara Darboh, 6’2″, 219 pounds:
A 2017 third-round draft pick, Darboh is another Seattle receiver with a great combination of size and speed. Armed with a 4.45-40, Amara will look to make a big jump between his first and second year. One of his biggest challenges will be learning to beat press coverage. If so, he could be a deep-threat for the ‘Hawks, locking himself in at the number four receiver position. In limited action last year as a rookie, Darboh caught eight of thirteen targets for 71 yards. Amara is another safe bet for a roster spot, as he plays on both the kickoff and punt cover teams.
#14 Marcus Johnson, 6’1″, 204 pounds:
Obtained in the Michael Bennett trade with the Philadelphia Eagles, Marcus is one of the fastest receivers on the Seahawks’ roster. In 2016 Johnson signed with the Eagles as an undrafted rookie free agent out of the University of Texas after posting a 4.39-40 at the combine. Injuries ravaged most of that season, but he did spend some time on Philadelphia’s practice squad. Last year, after an impressive preseason showing, he suited up in 10 games for the Eagles. Mostly playing on special teams, Johnson finished 2017 with five receptions for 45 yards. With speed to burn, Marcus has a chance to be Seattle’s deep threat but will face an uphill battle to make the active roster.
#13 Cyril Grayson Jr., 5’9″, 183 pounds:
A former LSU track star, Grayson is the biggest enigma on the depth chart. Despite not playing a down of football since his senior year of high school, Cyril was able to talk his way into participating in LSU’s Pro Day. There, Grayson completed the 40-yard dash in 4.33 seconds. He also posted a 10’7″ broad jump, a 34.5″ vertical jump and 14 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press. Then he went to work on the field, catching passes from former Seahawk quarterback Matt Flynn. According to reports, he didn’t drop a single ball all day.
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After signing a three-year rookie deal with the ‘Hawks in 2017, Grayson was unfortunately waived at the final cutdown to 53 players prior to the regular season. He was then added to the Colts’ practice squad before getting released once more in October. Finally, last December, he was again signed to Seattle’s practice squad. In spite of his blazing speed, Grayson just isn’t refined enough as a receiver to make the active roster. Another year on the practice squad is his likely destination.
#83 David Moore, 6’0″, 219 pounds:
In what is becoming a recurring theme amongst Seattle’s wide receivers, Moore is another size/speed developmental prospect. A seventh-round draft pick out of East Central University (Oklahoma), Moore ran a 4.43-40 at his Pro Day. Pre-draft scouting reports state David is a bit tight-hipped and raw in his route-running. He will have to make a big impact on special teams in order to make the 53-man roster. The rookie is a solid practice squad candidate.
#19 Tanner McEvoy, 6’6″, 230 pounds:
A former college quarterback and safety at Wisconsin, McEvoy was added to Seattle’s roster in 2016 as an undrafted free agent. By far the biggest receiver on the team, Tanner surprisingly beat out fan-favorite Kasen Williams and made the 53-man roster as a rookie. He finished the year with nine catches for 140 yards and two touchdowns.
Last year, McEvoy was a jack-of-all-trades, getting in on 266 special-teams snaps and 215 offensive plays. Totaling five catches for 113 yards, he also chipped in four special-teams tackles. Now entering his third season, Tanner will be facing a ton of competition in camp. Because of his versatility, odds are that McEvoy makes the team again as the Seahawks’ fifth and final receiver.
#17 Damore’ea Stringfellow, 6’2″, 218 pounds:
Following an impressive showing in the Seahawks’ 2018 rookie minicamp, Stringfellow was signed to a one-year deal on May 7th. Not actually a rookie, the big-bodied receiver spent 2017 on the Miami Dolphins and New York Jets practice squads after going undrafted. This followed a successful, but troubled college career.
In 2013 Damore’ea was a highly touted freshman for the University of Washington, finishing that year with 20 catches for 259 yards. An offseason altercation with some Seahawk fans led to a suspension and eventual transfer to Ole’ Miss University. In his two years for the Rebels (he declared for the draft with one year of eligibility remaining), Stringfellow posted 82 receptions for 1,219 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Initially signing with the Dolphins, Damore’ea played in two preseason games and had a 99-yard touchdown catch and run against the Falcons. Despite the big play, he was waived by Miami prior to opening day. He was soon added to the Jets’ practice squad before being waived again prior to the 2018 Draft. Stringfellow will face an uphill battle to make the roster, but if his troubles are behind him, he brings the physical skill-set Pete Carroll craves.
#15 Keenan Reynolds, 5’10”, 191 pounds:
Extremely raw as a wide receiver, the recently signed Reynolds will have to impress as a kick returner if he is going to make the team. Bouncing around the Ravens’ and Redskins’ practice squads since being a sixth-round draft pick in 2016, the former Navy quarterback is a long shot to stick.
#10 Caleb Scott, 6’2″, 203 pounds:
Following an injury-plagued career at Vanderbilt University, Scott signed with the Seahawks as an undrafted free agent. Yet another big receiver, Caleb intrigued scouts at his pro day with a 4.4-40. With a limited body of work in college, Scott will have to make some big plays in camp in order to separate himself from the pack. Unlikely to make the 53-man roster, the rookie is at best a practice squad player in 2018.
David Rogers covers the Seahawks for Full Press Coverage. Follow him on Twitter.
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