The Seahawks have waived wide receiver John Ursua and promoted wideout Penny Hart from the practice squad, according to ESPN's Brady Henderson.
The Seahawks are waiving WR John Ursua. That’s the corresponding roster move with promoting WR Penny Hart from their practice squad.— Brady Henderson (@BradyHenderson) September 8, 2020
The move is more surprising than anything the team did during roster cuts. Ursua dealt with a slight hamstring strain during camp but was impressive otherwise. He seemed to truly earn a spot on the 53-man roster. Ursua was drafted by the Seahawks in the seventh round of the 2019 NFL Draft. He caught just one pass as a rookie, but it was a big one: an 11-yard reception that nearly set up a game-winning touchdown against the 49ers in Week 17.
Hart has been with the Seahawks since last October when he was signed to the team's practice squad. He had a strong training camp and was unsurprisingly added to the team's practice squad once again after being cut over the weekend.
Promoting Hart may have been done because another team was looking to poach the young wideout. It's also possible that the emergence of Freddie Swain made the Seahawks feel comfortable enough in their options out of the slot to waive Ursua and bring up Hart, who offers more of a big-play presence on the outside. This move might also be an indication that Phillip Dorsett (foot) won't be ready for the opener on Sunday against the Falcons. Hart would be much more suited to replace Dorsett in the lineup than Ursua for the reasons mentioned above.
Hart was originally signed by the Colts as an undrafted receiver out of Georgia State. As for Ursua, don't be surprised to see him join Seattle's practice squad should he clear waivers.