With day 2 of Seattle Seahawks training camp, we learned a bit more about how the team is going to approach getting ready for the 2023 season. And if you are a season ticket holder - lucky you! - Friday is a day for season ticket holders only to get to view what is happening on the shores of Lake Washington. Of course, reporters get to see what is happening as well.
On Thursday, Seattle was still without 2023 NFL draft fifth overall pick Devon Witherspoon. The team and Witherspoon's people are still trying to work out how much of his guaranteed money he will get right now. Meanwhile, he is losing out on valuable reps ahead of Week 1. 2022 starting corner Michael Jackson is still on the team and doing well, so Witherspoon's absence is only helping him.
Also of note, no Seahawks appeared to come up with new injuries. I say this only because new Miami Dolphin Jalen Ramsey hurt his knee in practice Thursday and will be out for a bit. Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow also pulled up lame, but he appears to have a calf injury that should likely be OK by Week 1. But back to Seahawks camp, here is the latest.
Seahawks receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba continues to show he's going to be great
Jaxon Smith-Njigba looks like he has been in the NFL for 10 years. His route-running is pinpoint and he is a lot quicker than he shows on tape. Often he will catch a short pass and blow past the first two defenders in his way. Of course, there's no hitting so maybe people are holding up a bit, but Smith-Njigba is so smooth his speed mirrors Jerry Rice's: You don't know how truly quick they are until they are running past you.
Perhaps the best catch on Thursday by the rookie was on a post pattern where he split two defensive backs and then made a one-handed catch in the end zone. It's not that Smith-Njigba leaps over a defender, or sprints past a cornerback. The play is spectacular because Smith-Njigba makes it looks so easy and repeatable. Speaking of repeating, a former linebacker was back on Thursday as well.