January 26, 2021

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Why wide receiver Penny Hart could make Seattle…

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Why wide receiver Penny Hart could make Seattle...


While talks swirl around the connection between the Seattle Seahawks and Antonio Brown, not to mention Josh Gordon, the team may have some internal options at receiver that could surprise some people.

As of now, some combination of Phillip Dorsett, David Moore, John Ursua, Freddie Swain, Penny Hart, Cody Thompson, Seth Dawkins and Aaron Fuller are expected to compete for the final few receiver spots outside of presumed starters Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf.

While Brown and/or Gordon would certainly make that unit better, they have some options on the fringes that could make some noise in training camp and potentially earn a roster spot, or at least a look on the practice squad.

Hart is among the more intriguing, albeit lesser known, names on that list.

The five-foot-eight slot receiver excelled at Georgia State, setting all sorts of school records before putting on a show at the 2019 Senior Bowl. He did poorly at a local Pro Day, however, and ended up going undrafted and catching on with the Colts.

Hart suffered an injury in training camp that ended with him getting cut and reverting to their practice squad. After cutting a deal, Hart was released from IR and eventually signed with Seattle’s practice squad in October.

His lack of size and experience may make him a longshot for a regular role in Seattle’s offense, but his potential to contribute as a special teamer could be what catches coach Pete Carroll’s eye.

Hart excelled as a punt and kick returner while in college, returning nine punts for 158 yards and a touchdown as a junior, while also returning 15 kickoffs for 299 yards. Certainly the competition level was not nearly what it will be in the NFL, but the Seahawks have been looking for someone to take punt return duties away from Locket, and Hart could step in and compete with Ursua, Moore, DeeJay Dallas, Travis Homer and potentially Ugo Amadi for that role in 2020.

If Hart can stay healthy and prove himself to be a reliable pass catcher and a capable punt or kick returner, it’s not impossible to imagine him stealing the final roster spot as a receiver, or at least being one of the first names called off the practice squad.

Why wide receiver Penny Hart could make the Seahawks roster

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