The Seattle Seahawks clearly far exceeded what was expected of them in 2022. Fortunately, Seattle not only brings back most of the important parties from last season's relative success, but Seattle has added even more talent this offseason. Now let's hope that the players who performed well last year do the same again this year and the new guys do as well as expected.
The Seahawks had quite a few high draft picks in 2023 and were a lot more aggressive in free agency than normal. It would seem as if general manager John Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll believe they can win big this season or next due to what they did in free agency alone. Let's hope they are correct (obviously!).
But which pieces that Seattle added might work out the best? Did the Seahawks address their issues? It appears so, especially where the following three upgrades are concerned.
Seahawks upgraded by drafting receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba
Before I start boo-hoo'ing about how the Seahawks haven't had a long-term, truly consistently reliable WR3, I should advise that I think there are a ton of teams who would be content with just two very good receivers. Three kind of seems like overkill a bit, but maybe that's what teams need to succeed in the NFL nowadays (old man rant being held back, by the way) and especially what Seattle needed to take pressure off of receiving gods DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett.
Marquise was good in spurts last year, but I dare you to name the third-best receiver for Seattle in 2021. Go ahead. Do it! Take your time. OK, were they as good as Jaxon Smith-Njigba potentially is? Unlikely because Smith-Njigba has at least Tyler Lockett-type potential.
Most rookie receivers have issues coming into their first seasons and doing extremely well. The good thing for Seattle and Smith-Njigba is that he doesn't need to do extremely well straight off. He just needs to do pretty well. He's going to get a good number of targets because teams will focus more on Metcalf and Lockett early on. So Smith-Njigba could destroy the schemes of opposing defenses early in his career because they won't focus on his excellent catching ability and quickness. Smith-Njigba makes the offense better immediately.