John Ursua

Seattle Seahawks
Wide Receiver #5
Seattle Seahawks
Wide Receiver #5

John Ursua News

Shifts to IR

The Seahawks placed Ursua (knee) on injured reserve Tuesday, John Boyle of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Ursua suffered a torn ACL during Saturday's preseason contest against the Broncos, so his placement on IR doesn't come as any sort of surprise. The sophomore wide receiver will set his sights on making a recovery for 2022.

Aug 24, 2021 11:49 AM EST

Diagnosed with torn ACL

Ursua tore his ACL during Saturday's preseason contest against the Broncos, Michael-Shawn Dugar of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Ursua was carted off the field and the fear was the injury was serious. He took to social media Sunday to confirm that he had torn his ACL and would be out for the season. As a rookie in 2020, Ursua recorded one reception on his lone target for 11 yards.

Aug 22, 2021 6:02 PM EST

Suffers major knee injury

Ursua sustained a major knee injury during Saturday's preseason contest, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: As initially fear after being taken off the field on a cart, Ursua has suffered a possible season-ending injury. It is still unclear if his current injury is related to the issue he suffered during OTA's this offseason.

Aug 22, 2021 9:25 AM EST

Ruled out with knee injury

Ursua exited Saturday's preseason game against Denver with a knee injury and has been ruled out from returning, John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site reports.

Analysis: Ursua was taken off on a cart, so the injury has the potential to be serious. However, there has been no official diagnosis to this point. Ursua suffered a knee injury during OTAs earlier this offseason, though it's unclear if the issues are related.

Aug 21, 2021 8:17 PM EST

Tweaks knee

Ursua was sidelined at OTAs Thursday after tweaking his knee, Curtis Crabtree of Sports Radio 950 KJR Seattle reports.

Analysis: Coach Pete Carroll indicated the injury is not significant, so it looks like the team is just erring on the side of caution. Ursua has spent his first two seasons with Seattle, but primarily on the practice squad. He will look to earn a bigger role during training camp in 2021.

Jun 18, 2021 5:18 PM EST

Inks future deal

Ursua signed a futures contract with the Seahawks Wednesday, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports.

Analysis: Ursua has bounced back and forth from the Seahawks' active roster throughout the 2020 season, and spent his rookie season in Seattle as well. While the receiver hasn't take the field since the 2019 campaign, he might get the chance in the upcoming season as he is signed to a futures contract.

Jan 13, 2021 3:33 PM EST

Nabs practice squad spot

The Seahawks signed Ursua to the practice squad Wednesday, John Boyle of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Ursua was waived by Seattle on Tuesday, and the team opted to keep the 2019 seventh-round pick around on the practice squad after he went unclaimed. Across three appearances with the Seahawks as a rookie, Ursua logged one catch for 11 yards on his only target.

Sep 9, 2020 3:24 PM EST

Cut loose by Seattle

The Seahawks waived Ursua (leg) on Tuesday, Brady Henderson of reports.

Analysis: Ursua was waived without an injury designation, indicating that he's fully recovered from the leg issue that hampered him during training camp. Seattle activated Penny Hart from the practice squad in a corresponding move.

Sep 8, 2020 3:41 PM EST

Back at practice Tuesday

Ursua (leg) returned to practice Tuesday, Michael-Shawn Dugar of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Ursua missed a full week of practice, and while we don't know what capacity he practiced in, it's a good sign for his Week 1 availability. There's a slight chance he doesn't make the 53-man roster in 2020 after the Seahawks signed Paul Richardson, so Ursua will look to finish camp strong to lock down his spot.

Sep 1, 2020 5:46 PM EST

Exits practice with leg injury

Ursua left Tuesday's practice early with a leg injury, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports.

Analysis: There aren't any available details on the nature of Ursua's injury, but he joins Phillip Dorsett (foot) and David Moore (ankle) as injured Seahawks' receivers. Ursua still stands a good chance to make the 53-man roster again this season, but he isn't expected to play much barring an injury to Dorsett or Tyler Lockett.

Aug 25, 2020 6:09 PM EST

Ready to rejoin team

Ursua (illness) recorded a second straight negative COVID-19 test and will rejoin the Seahawks on Tuesday, Christian Shimabuku of KHON 2 reports.

Analysis: The assumption is that Ursua's positive test Sunday was a false positive, so the second-year receiver will return to the team facilities. Ursua worked in a depth role last year, logging just 11 offensive snaps, and he's battling for a similar job this year. The 5-foot-9, 182-pound receiver has a prototypical slot frame, so he won't have much fantasy value barring an injury to Tyler Lockett.

Aug 11, 2020 4:05 PM EST

Goes to COVID list

The Seahawks placed Ursua (illness) on the reserve/COVID-19 list Sunday, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports.

Analysis: Ursua is the first Seahawk to land on the list, which means either he tested positive for the virus or had recent exposure to someone who did. As a rookie seventh-rounder last year, he played 11 offensive snaps in three games, catching his only target for 11 yards in the process. If Ursua makes the regular-season roster, he'll likely be no higher than fifth on the wide receiver depth chart.

Aug 9, 2020 2:16 PM EST

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.

Jan 14, 2020 3:14 PM EST

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.

Dec 30, 2019 7:39 AM EST

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.

Oct 3, 2019 4:10 PM EST

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.

Sep 16, 2019 7:31 AM EST

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.

Sep 8, 2019 11:43 AM EST

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.

Sep 1, 2019 11:04 AM EST

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.

Aug 25, 2019 7:45 AM EST

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.

Jun 20, 2019 10:23 AM EST

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