3 forgotten Seattle Seahawks that could contribute in 2023

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Seahawks wide receiver Dee Eskridge

Eskridge was a second-round draft pick in 2021 and so far has either been oft-injured or non-productive. That said, Seattle seems to have a limited way of using him. Before taking him in the draft, the Seahawks must have looked at themselves in the draft room and said, "Now there's a guy who can run jet sweeps!" Because Eskridge has been involved in that type of play much more than other receivers in relation to number of snaps they get.

It could be that Eskridge simply hasn't figured out the work ethic he must have to earn more playing time, even when he is healthy enough to play. I don't mean that as a slight towards Eskridge; Maybe he just hasn't picked up how to have the ability to stay healthy and how to work through injuries. Former Seahawks running back Rashaad Penny struggled with this as well before Adrian Peterson showed him how to play with pain.

Plus, it isn't like Eskridge hasn't ever played. He has been involved in 10 games in both seasons of his career. He's been hurt a lot, sure, but he's been in games and disappeared even more. But this offseason, Geno Smith has sung the praises of Eskridge and said he is growing as a player. For any receiver to succeed, they must have the trust of their quarterback and maybe Eskridge is earning that trust.

Seattle already has Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf, plus they draft Jaxon Smith-Njigba this year, so it appears Seattle's top three receivers are set. But teams need more than three receivers to be productive. Eskridge was supposed to be a decent third option when Seattle chose him in 2021, but he could be a solid number four in 2023.