John Ursua

John Ursua

Wide Receiver #5
Team: Seattle Seahawks
Ht / Wt:5'10" / 165 lb.
College:Hawai'i
Age:26
Born:January 17, 1994
Drafted:2019 / Rd. 7 (236)
Draft Team:SEA

John Ursua: One catch in rookie year

Ursua played four games, including one playoff contest, during the 2019 season and caught an 11-yard pass.

Analysis: The rookie didn't play an offensive snap until Week 15, and he received his lone target on the final drive of the regular season. He caught the pass for a gain of 11 yards but was stopped inches from the goal line, and the Seahawks weren't able to punch it in to win the NFC West. It's a positive sign that Russell Wilson trusted Ursua in such a meaningful situation, but it doesn't mean much for his value going forward. Ursua's one of three receivers -- Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf being the others -- that is under contract for the 2020 season, but the Seahawks still hold rights to David Moore and Malik Turner. They could add more weapons for Wilson in the draft or free agency as well. Ursua projects as a depth receiver again next year.

January 14, 2020 3:14 PM EST

John Ursua: First NFL catch

Ursua made an 11-yard reception in Sunday's 26-21 loss to the 49ers.

Analysis: Ursua has been a healthy scratch for most of the season, but Josh Gordon's suspension combined with Malik Turner (concussion) being inactive afforded the rookie seventh-round pick some tread in the season finale. The Hawaii product was quiet until the final drive when he caught a fourth-down pass from Russell Wilson and was stopped inches from the goal line. Ursua's usage is limited when the receiving corps is healthy, but it's worth noting that Wilson trusted the inexperienced wideout with the NFC West on the line.

December 30, 2019 7:39 AM EST

John Ursua: Healthy scratch Thursday

Ursua (coach's decision) is inactive for Thursday's game against the Rams.

Analysis: Ursua joins fellow rookie wideout Gary Jennings as a healthy scratch Week 5. With Tyler Lockett, DK Metcalf, Jaron Brown, David Moore and Malik Turner all healthy, Ursua simply doesn't factor into Seattle's plans on offense.

October 3, 2019 4:10 PM EST

John Ursua: Little usage in NFL debut

Ursua didn't receive a target in Sunday's 28-26 win over the Steelers.

Analysis: The rookie seventh-round pick played just two offensive snaps. Ursua was extremely productive in college with 89 catches for 1,343 yards and 16 touchdowns in his final season at Hawaii, but he'll likely stay in a depth role with the Seahawks since Tyler Lockett, DK Metcalf and David Moore (shoulder) have firm grasps on starter jobs. However, Ursua shows promise, and the Seahawks gave him his NFL debut before Gary Jennings, who was picked in the fourth round of the same draft.

September 16, 2019 7:31 AM EST

John Ursua: Inactive versus Bengals

Ursua (coach's decision) won't play in Sunday's game versus the Bengals.

Analysis: Ursua had a strong preseason, but the Seahawks are healthy scratching two of their rookie receivers (fourth-round pick Gary Jennings being the other). That leaves just four active wideouts on the Seahawks: Tyler Lockett, DK Metcalf, Jaron Brown and Malik Turner. This further signals the Seahawks' commitment to establishing the run, but it also may mean that Ursua and Jennings just need more development.

September 8, 2019 11:43 AM EST

John Ursua: Makes 53-man roster

Ursua made the Seahawks' initial 53-man roster, Michael-Shawn Dugar of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: The rookie seventh-round pick was a strong receiving threat in the preseason, hauling in four of six targets for 100 yards, which was good for second on the team. Ursua's place on the roster wasn't questioned on cut-down day, and he's projected ahead of rookie fourth-round pick Gary Jennings on the depth chart. Although Ursua's not a burner, he has strong athletic numbers, including a 37-inch vertical, and he was highly productive at The University of Hawaii with 1,343 yards and 16 touchdowns in his senior season. With D.K. Metcalf (knee) and David Moore (shoulder) on the mend, Ursua could be called upon to make an immediate impact in Seattle's offense Week 1 versus the Bengals. He's a value-play in DFS if Metcalf and Moore indeed sit out.

September 1, 2019 11:04 AM EST

John Ursua: Leads receiving in preseason game

Ursua caught two passes for 52 yards in Saturday's preseason win over the Chargers.

Analysis: With D.K. Metcalf (knee) and David Moore (shoulder) sitting out, Ursua had more opportunities in Seattle's offense. He performed well by hauling in both targets and leading the team in receiving yards. The rookie seventh-round pick looks poised to make the 53-man roster, but he'll need to show even more to get a consistent snap count behind an experienced Jaron Brown and fourth-round pick Gary Jennings.

August 25, 2019 7:45 AM EST

John Ursua: Returns for minicamp

Ursua (hamstring) returned to the field for minicamp, David McCracken of Hawaii News Now reports. "As we closed out this time, we were able to get a good look at [him]," head coach Pete Carroll said. "He started to feel comfortable and show us the kind of quicks and change-of-direction stuff that made him one of the big scorers in college football last year. You can see it, he's got a real style to him. He's a slot guy, he really is that mold."

Analysis: Ursua was sidelined for a significant portion of OTAs due to a hamstring he strained in rookie minicamp. Now back in action, Ursua is apparently flashing the skills that netted him 16 touchdowns as a slot receiver at Hawaii in 2018. While Gary Jennings, David Moore and Jaron Brown may have a leg up on him in advance of training camp, there's still plenty of time for the depth chart to settle underneath Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf.

June 20, 2019 10:23 AM EST

John Ursua: Starts career with hamstring injury

Ursua missed rookie minicamp with a hamstring injury, Brady Henderson of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: The rookie seventh-round pick will hope to compete for slot work once he's healthy, coming off a junior season at Hawaii with 89 catches for 1,343 yards and 16 touchdowns. Ursua's path to a roster spot partially depends on Doug Baldwin's retirement decision, as the 30-year-old dominated slot snaps in Seattle the past eight seasons. Of course, Ursua faces a major challenge to earn Week 1 snaps even if Baldwin isn't around.

May 5, 2019 1:13 PM EST

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