During the preseason, Seattle Seahawks rookie wide receiver John Ursua caught the attention of many fans with a performance that some felt reminiscent of the recently retired Doug Baldwin. During the preseason Ursua recorded four catches on seven targets and 100 yards, only to be inactive for thirteen of the first fifteen regular season games and be held without a catch. However, that catch drought ended in Week 17, when on 4th & 10 in the final minutes of the game against the San Francisco 49ers, with the division potentially on the line, Ursua hauled in his first ever regular season reception.
Former #HawaiiFB receiver John Ursua’s first catch of the season was a HUGE one! #bowsinthepros | #GoBows— ESPN Honolulu (@ESPNHonolulu) December 30, 2019
While the Seahawks did not end up winning the game, the 11 yard catch by Ursua at least gave the team four more shots from the one yard line. Now, with Pete Carroll having provided an update on Jaron Brown’s knee injury a couple of days ago, it appears as though Ursua could be active for a second straight game.
Pete Carroll says Jaron Brown has a knee sprain. Will be out a couple weeks. Won't play in the Wild Card game.— Ben Arthur (@benyarthur) December 30, 2019
All season long the Seahawks have had five or six wideouts active on gameday, but with Brown out and Turner still recovering from his concussion, that could leave the team with just four healthy wideouts heading into Sunday. There have been reports that the team could add a receiver, but with just days until the Hawks and Philadelphia Eagles face off in the postseason, there wouldn’t be much time for anyone new to learn the system. That would tend to indicate that any player added to the roster is either a player who was with the team in the preseason or is currently on the practice squad, where Penny Hart is the lone wide receiver.
In any case, the receiver situation is definitely something that bears watching in the coming days, as Tyler Lockett’s shoulder injury could further deplete the team’s depth at the position.