3 emerging training camp surprises for Seattle Seahawks ahead of 2023 mock game

The Seattle Seahawks hold their 2023 mock game (i.e. glorified practice) on Friday as part of the team's Football Fest.
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Seahawks Mike Jackson isn't the only cornerback standing out in training camp

We've written on this site and lots of other sites have written about just how great cornerback Michael Jackson has looked for the entire offseason and this training camp. Jackson was surprisingly good in 2022 when he started 17 games at outside corner opposite Rig Woolen. While the Seahawks defense gets a bad rap, as it mostly should, for the unit's performance last year, the pass coverage wasn't horrible.

Seattle was 13th in the NFL last season in quarterback rating allowed at 87.3. The Seahawks were also 12th in interceptions with 14, and eighth in passes defended with 81. Jackson and his mates in the secondary were not the reason that Seattle's defense was underwhelming overall last season.

But while Jackson has been good all offseason, fellow cornerback Tre Brown has also been terrific. And this is the case ever since Seattle started practicing with pads this week as well. In Brown's rookie year of 2021, he was excellent in limited time. He started three games, played in five, and had a quarterback rating allowed of just 63.3. He appeared to potentially become a long-term starter at outside corner but then he hurt his knee midway through the year and wasn't quite the same even last year.

In a practice just a couple of days ago, Brown followed Tyler Lockett downfield in one-on-one coverage and patted a well-thrown pass away, then in seven-on-seven drills a pass was thrown high to DK Metcalf who tried to catch the ball at its highest point but Brown was able to knock it down even though Brown is six inches shorter than Metcalf. Brown will likely start in the mock game as well, so another good performance gets him one step closer to cementing a roster spot.