The Seattle Seahawks currently have one of the best receiving groups in the NFL, if not the best. On a team that was expected to regress and struggle last year, the group produced two 1,000-yard receivers and a quarterback who threw for the most single-season yards in franchise history (4282). Not bad when you consider the team had just parted with Russell Wilson.
According to pretty much every sports writer and football "expert", the Hawks were supposed to be pretty bad. In a division with the reigning Super Bowl champions, the star-studded 49ers, and what was supposed to be an electric Arizona Cardinals offense, the Seahawks should have been a rebuilding franchise predicted to finish last in the NFC West.
Pete Carroll "ain't got no time for that" - a rebuild. Dude has been around for what seems like forever (OK, 2010) and is closer to the end of his (Seattle) coaching career than he is the beginning. Dude wants to win another Super Bowl, it is going to happen. Let's go, Pete!
Seahawks likely have best receiving unit in franchise history
At 30, Tyler Lockett shows zero signs of slowing down. A receiver who was originally drafted to be a gadget player (think Percy Harvin), has become one of the top receivers in Seahawks history. A model of consistency who always seems to get open, Lockett has 4 straight 1,000 yards seasons. Makes you forget about his predecessor Doug Baldwin.
DK Metcalf has dominated the NFL since joining the league in 2019. Never failing to reach 900 yards or 6 touchdowns, the only reason his numbers aren't more impressive is that he shared targets with Lockett in a run-heavy system. Oh, and one could speculate that Wilson's declining play and control over the team had a role in this as well. Metcalf's success shouldn't come as a surprise, though his being drafted last in the second round in 2019 does considering his size, speed, and ability. How were so many teams so wrong?
Newcomer Jaxon Smith-Njigba or JSN, enters the picture as the best receiver in the draft. A player who reminds me of Minnesota's Justin Jefferson, will most likely slide into the slot this season and terrorize the middle of the field. He has already impressed in camp with his route-running abilities, speed, and catching radius. JSN will steal targets away from Lockett and Metcalf, this is not a bad thing. JSN will make the inevitable transition away from Lockett in the upcoming season/s much easier.
Behind this trio the Seahawks roster Dee Eskridge, Cade Johnson, Dareke Young, and Cody Thompson (who I think is the best out of this group). A formidable group of receivers who will battle it out for depth roles and roster spots. Do not be surprised if one or more of these guys are roster casualties.
I have not even factored in the three-headed monster at tight end, Noah Fant, Will Dissly, and Colby Parkinson who collectively were an elite tight end with 109 catches, 1,157 receiving yards, and 9 touchdowns. The problem is going to be how can Geno Smith feed all of these players. This is a good problem to have.
Looking back through franchise history, where does this group rank all-time? I had to dig deep through the history of the Seahawks to find the best statistical receiving seasons in team history to compare the current receiving room against. Not to be confused with individual receiving talent (which this group's guys still would all rank number 1) let's take a look at the next best wide receiver rooms in team history. For the record, I am excluding tight ends from this list.