The Seahawks lost David Moore in free agency to the Carolina Panthers. So what will Seattle do to replace Moore? The answer might already be on the roster. Plus, Seattle isn’t going to overspend for a third option at wideout. The team doesn’t have the money for it and the likely replacement to Moore is probably already on the team.
Moore was an inconsistent player who could also find his way to making an important play, usually on a deep pass for a touchdown or a first down. Moore averaged 14.9 yards a catch in his four seasons in Seattle and 13 of his 78 receptions went for touchdowns. 51 of those catches were for first downs. Basically 82 percent of the time Moore caught a pass from Russell Wilson, Seattle either got a first down or a touchdown.
Compare that to Tyler Lockett’s career percentage of 70 percent and you can see the value Moore might have had. So who is going to replace Moore?
Seahawks receivers ready to step up
David Moore’s replacement is likely already on the team. Phillip Dorsett was signed last offseason by the Seahawks to be the third option to Lockett and D.K. Metcalf but Dorsett never played due to injury so Moore was the third-best wideout Seattle had. Seattle does have guys to replace Moore, though.
Swain is around the same size as Moore but looks a lot like Tyler Lockett with the ball. As a rookie in 2020, Swain caught 62 percent of his targets (Moore’s best season by far was 2020 at 74.5 percent but before that 50 percent was his best) and had 2 touchdowns and 6 first downs in 13 receptions. He has more speed than Moore but might not know how to use his body to shield defenders as well.
Parkinson is a huge receiver at 6’7″ and 250 pounds and is normally a tight end but I think Seattle uses him more as a wideout like they did Jacob Hollister, instead of a pure tight end. Seattle has Will Dissly and recently signed Gerald Everett to do that. Parkinson has good hands and will be a massive red zone target. In extremely limited time in his rookie year of 2020 (due to injury), Parkinson caught each of his 2 targets and both for first downs.
The more logical pick here might be John Ursua but Ursua has been in the Seahawks system for two years and Seattle doesn’t seem to believe in him. Fuller has a lot more speed than Moore but hasn’t shown he can do anything in the NFL yet. Still, Fuller will likely get his chance in 2021 and should be good enough to make an explosive play or five.