Strength of Seahawks roster #7: Wide receiver
I simply couldn’t drop this unit any farther with the likes of Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf on the roster. The question here is not the top-level talent, it’s the utter uncertainty of talent behind them.
When healthy, there aren’t many wide receiver duos better than these two. In fact, it is really hard to pin one as better without some level of uncertainty. They bring speed, route running, bully-ball, soft hands, toe-tapping, and elusiveness to the field each and every Sunday. The top-level talent is unreal.
I am simply uncertain and not overly confident in any of the players behind these two. If an injury were to strike, I’m not sure who would step up without a massive hole behind created. This can partially be credited to the top-level play of the duo. It is also related to the lack of sure-fire talent behind them.
D’Wayne Eskridge has everything the team looked for as the wide receiver 3. Yet, he has yet to practice as the curse of early-round players dealing with injuries continues. Penny Hart has had some outstanding plays. Yet, his lack of straight-line speed is semi-concerning.
Freddie Swain offers some yards after the catch upside. Yet, he didn’t make much of an impact last year when given the opportunity. Cade Johnson looked like a Doug Baldwin replica from college tape. Yet, his practices have been all over the place.
In terms of depth, there is certainly lots of upside. Yet, the lack of sure-fire talent is concerning to the point this position ranks 7th on my list.