Doug Baldwin returns as the gritty No. 1 and will remain Wilson’s top target everywhere on the field. But the Seahawks are banking on being more dynamic behind him. Jermaine Kearse, the one-time go-to field-stretcher, disappeared in 2016. That especially hurt because speedy playmaker Tyler Lockett couldn’t get going in Year 2 thanks to knee, thigh and leg injuries. The latest of the three, a broken fibula and tibia, has put Lockett on the mend, trying to get back to full speed between training camp and Week 1. They would like Lockett to step into a big role if possible.
Kearse’s fade and Lockett’s setbacks opened the door for 2014 second-round pick Paul Richardson, right when he shook off his own health issues. He delivered his career worth of highlights in the playoff games against Detroit and Atlanta. He deserves the opportunity to make more big plays as a No. 3, ahead of Kearse and opposite Lockett when Baldwin is working the slot. A Richardson-Kearse battle will develop, and there’s even a chance he can push Lockett in the pecking order.
Third-round rookie Amara Darboh fits the profile of Seahawks’ wideouts with size (6-2, 215 pounds), route running and sneaky speed. Unless the team cuts Kearse, however, Darboh can’t expect to see more than a handful of snaps. The explosiveness of this unit is in good shape to be restored. That will help Wilson push the ball Cheap Michael Jordan Jerseys downfield better again, and in turn, open things up for Lacy and Rawls in the power running game.