How Josh Gordon fits so well with Russell Wilson, Seahawks’ offense

first_imgWith his third NFL chance, wide receiver Josh Gordon is going from Tom Brady and the Patriots to Russell Wilson and the Seahawks. Gordon was claimed by Seattle following his release from New England earlier this month.Gordon, recovering from a knee injury, was not ready to go for the Seahawks’ Week 9 home game, but he will be a consideration for Week 10’s big NFC West road game at the division-leading 49ers. “He’s a unique talent. Next week, we’ll take a look and see what he looks like,” Carroll said. “He’s done a lot of good stuff and made a lot of good plays.”Because the Seahawks, like the Patriots, are a very capable offense without Gordon, this the ultimate low-risk, super high-reward move. Although it would be nice to have his services against former Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman and a tough San Francisco pass defense, you can bet they will make sure he’s physically and mentally ready before playing him. Carroll is a different style of coach than Biil Belichick, but he’s also welcoming to anyone who can “Do Their Job” to help the Seahawks win more games. The supportive culture and coaching is there for Gordon to make Seattle a final, fruitful NFL stop. JOSH GORDON TIMELINE:WR’s twisting path leads him to SeahawksWhy did the Seahawks, rather deep at wide receiver, decide to claim Gordon and what reason is there to think it will the team-player relationship will work out better and for longer than it did for Gordon with the Patriots or Browns? Here’s breaking it down:How Josh Gordon improves the Seahawks’ receiving corps, offenseGordon, 28, at 6-3, 225 pounds will be another downfield threat for Wilson outside to join promising rookie second-rounder D.K. Metcalf, who at 6-4, 229 pounds has posted 23 catches for 405 yards and four touchdowns halfway through his first NFL season. Metcalf has been a strong deep and red zone threat, averaging 17.5 yards per catch. With New England and Cleveland, Gordon averaged 17.1 yards per catch, spiked by his league-leading 1,646 receiving yards in ’13. Tyler Lockett was the Seahawks’ premier home-run hitter last year and can still deliver big plays, but his role has been adjusted to take on more of slot possession duties, too, in the wake of Doug Baldwin’s retirement.Before Gordon, the Seahawks’ third-best reciever was Jaron Brown, followed by youngsters David Moore, Malik Turner and Gary Jennings. With the loss of tight end Will Dissly, Wilson was hurting for reliable targets in general to both stretch the field and finish drives.No wonder he was pumped at the news of Gordon’s addition.Welcome Flash.Time to put in this [email protected]_GORDONXII— Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) November 1, 2019Gordon won’t suddenly make the Seahawks a pass-first team, however. They still will be grounded and run-heavy with Chris Carson and Rashaad Penny remaining the foundation of Brian Schottenheimer’s offense. But he can still be a key downfield weapon.Wilson’s pass attempts are up to an average of 31 per game from fewer than 27 last year, partly because Seattle’s defense is more of a liability. He leads the NFL in TD passes over eight games with 19, and he’s done it at a career-high 8.5 yards per attempt and 115.5 passer rating.Wilson isn’t a dinker and dunker. He also doesn’t need volume to put up big passing numbers. He’s the league’s most efficient deep-ball passer and the running game facilitates that on play-action. The speed and quickness of Lockett was already hard to handle inside and now Metcalf has posed size problems for defensive backs. Gordon will often find himself in favorable matchups in a system tailored to his strengths, playing off Lockett and Metcalf like he did Julian Edleman and Rob Gronkowski.Why do the Seahawks think Josh Gordon will give them his best?Gordon had some great moments for the Patriots in less than two full seasons. Consider over 17 games, he posted 60 catches for 1,007 yards and 4 TDs. He worked hard and handled the complicated offense well. Gordon showed good chemistry with and was trusted by Brady when on the field. The issue, of course, was Gordon’s availability. When he wasn’t missing time with injury, he was making time to take care of himself the right way off the field to get past his past struggles with substance abuse.Gordon is a smart and articulate individual, and the type of quiet, grinding player who has worked out well for Seahawks coach Pete Carroll several times in the past. Carroll has been able to focus more on talent and has belief that his rah-rah style can get everyone to buy into his college-styled program.Carroll shared with reporters his optimism about the acquisition.last_img

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