It turns out one of the more surprising cuts the Seahawks made on Saturday was only a temporary one. Two days after releasing Jaron Brown, the Seahawks re-signed the veteran receiver.
Tight end Ed Dickson, who is still recovering from knee surgery, was placed on injured reserve to make room on the 53-man roster.
Brown, who signed with the Seahawks as a free agent in 2018, was one of Seattle's starting receivers along with Tyler Lockett and David Moore throughout training camp and the preseason, and with Moore currently sidelined with an arm injury, Brown and Lockett are the only two healthy receivers on Seattle's roster with significant regular-season experience.
Brown, 29, put up modest numbers in his first season with the Seahawks, catching 14 passes for 166 yards and five touchdowns, but he is a player coaches have raved about all summer, and one that coaches also say they underutilized in 2018.
"We probably underutilized him last year, I probably did," offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer said early in training camp. "We as a staff did. He does everything right, you see him doing all the dirty work in the running game, he's physical, all the details that he does… There's not a guy out there that I trust more than Jaron to do anything. To run a route, to block, we put him in protection roles, not a lot of guys do that. So selfless, so all about the team, great teammate, really good player that we expect big things from this year."
Dickson, another 2018 free-agent addition, had knee surgery earlier this summer. Asked about Dickson's status prior to Seattle's third preseason game, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said the tight end was still "a ways away" from returning. By leaving Dickson on the initial 53-man roster then placing him on injured reserve Monday as opposed to Saturday, the tight end is eligible to return later this season, but he will have to miss at least eight games.
Take a look at the Seattle Seahawks' initial 53-man roster for the 2019 NFL season.