Why Seahawks receivers could flourish in OC Ryan Grubb's new offense

Seattle's new OC Ryan Grubb has been known to get the most out of his receivers.
Ryan Grubb of the Seattle Seahawks
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The Seattle Seahawks' new offensive coordinator Ryan Grubb made a name for himself at the University of Washington. As three of his wide receivers (Rome Odunze, Ja'Lynn Polk, and Jalen McMillan) were selected in this year's draft. Along with quarterback Michael Penix, Jr. who was taken with the eighth overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft. How well Ryan Grubb's offense translates from college to the NFL will depend on how fast the Seahawks' talented wide receiving core learns Grubb's playbook.

Just as Ryan Grubb had talented receivers at the University of Washington, he will once again have a talented group of receivers with the Seahawks. Including Jaxon-Smith Njigba, DK Metcalf, and Tyler Lockett. Grubb did a tremendous job at UW of getting each of his receivers involved in the passing game. He also made sure the Huskies' best receiver Rome Odunze got the ball when the team needed him most.

In his two years at UW, Ryan Grubb transformed the Huskies into one of the best passing offenses in college football. Prior to Grubb's arrival at UW, the Huskies ranked 73rd in passing offense, averaging 225 passing yards per game in 2021.

What Ryan Grubb can do for the Seahawks receivers and the passing game

After Grubb became the offensive coordinator at UW, the Washington Huskies would become one of the best passing offenses in college football. In 2022 the Huskies averaged 369.8 passing yards per game (best in the FBS) and had the second-best passing offense in 2023 averaging 343.7 passing yards per game.

The Seahawks have a top 20 wide receiver in DK Metcalf, who had 1,114 yards receiving in 2023 (18th in league). Metcalf was also the Seahawks' leading receiver in 2023 and should be the focal point of Ryan Grubb's offensive scheme.

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Seattle also has an emerging star in wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba, who had a strong rookie season last year with 628 yards receiving. Figuring out how to get JSN more touches in the short intermediate passing game and in key spots when Metcalf is covered will be a must.

Ryan Grubb's biggest challenge is going to be figuring out how to spread out the targets to each of the Seahawks' receivers effectively. Grubb needs to be able to get his best receivers the ball while also keeping opposing defenses off balance, by getting the ball to Seattle's third and fourth receivers, running backs, and tight ends. Considering the Seahawks were 14th in passing offense last year, the talent is there for Grubb to help Seattle take the next step. To become one of the league's best passing offenses.

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