Phillip Dorsett has been on the receiving end of throws from Andrew Luck and Tom Brady. His next receptions will arrive by way of Russell Wilson.
The Seattle Seahawks signed the former Indianapolis Colts and New England Patriots wideout to a one-year deal last week.
“It was amazing, honestly,” Dorsett, 27, said during a recent interview on 710 ESPN Seattle’s Tom, Jake and Stacy. “I mean, I was definitely blessed to catch passes from Andrew and Tom, but playing with Russell Wilson is definitely something I’ve dreamed of. I mean, somebody I’ve always watched. He’s a magician.”
Dorsett has caught 124 passes for 1,634 yards and 11 touchdowns in the regular season since entering the league. A career-high five of those trips to the end zone came from Brady last campaign after Dorsett re-upped with the Patriots on a one-year pact.
“Obviously, it’s a hard offense to learn, so a lot of guys come in and don’t pick it up right away,” Dorsett said of his connection with the now-Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback. “I think that’s why me and [Brady] clicked because I kind of picked it up pretty fast. You just got to think like him when you’re on the field. If he knows that you know what you’re doing, where he wants you to be, you’re going to get along pretty well with him.”
Dorsett went on to appear in 14 contests with New England in 2019. He was limited to three receptions after the calendar turned to December and finished his contract year having played 49 percent of the offensive snaps.
The 2015 first-round draft choice out of Miami credited Seattle’s free-agent recruiting.
“I got calls from Pete Carroll, Sanjay [Lal] – he just got there – and Russell Wilson,” Dorsett told 710 ESPN Seattle. “And the pitch. Just to be able to play in Seattle, to play with the quarterback, play with those receivers and be a part of that city, it just was something I couldn’t turn down.”
A different offense is ahead.
“Just being able to use my speed is something that I want to do more,” added Dorsett, “and being a route-runner, too. I think I was underutilized as that in the past and I feel like I can get to that in this offense. As a teammate, I just want to win. I’m not a selfish guy at all. It’s not who I am.”
Dorsett, who ran the 40-yard dash in 4.33 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine, joins a vertical depth chart led by Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf. Both wide receivers eclipsed 100 targets from Wilson last season, combining for 28 catches of 20-plus yards and seven catches of 40-plus yards.
Dorsett has been catching up remotely.
“Obviously, I was watching the NFL [Game] Pass. I’m taking advantage of it,” Dorsett said. “I’m watching some of the games from last year and I can see Russell dropping dimes. And just the off-schedule timing of it, he can extend the play and then that gives us a chance to make a move and head downfield and he can get it there. I’m definitely excited and can’t wait.”