We are now almost a full week into Seattle Seahawks 2023 training camp. The team just started practicing in pads on Monday so basically what we've seen so far are drills. We might learn more about certain players once tackling begins.
For instance, we think rookie receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba will be awesome this year based on what he has done in training camp. But he hasn't yet been hit by a defensive back trying to earn a job. When that happens, will it change how good Smith-Njigba performs?
But even though the team only started putting on the pads recently, we have a good idea about some players. So who has stood out and who hasn't through the first week of training camp? Here are some winners and losers.
Winner No. 1 - Seattle Seahawks cornerback Michael Jackson
Beware, Devon Witherspoon. Your contract dispute for a couple of days only caused you to miss neede reps at cornerback. The starting outside corner job was not gifted upon you being drafted number five overall in the 2023 NFL draft. Mike Jackson is not going to take a backseat to anyone. He was good in 2022 opposite Tariq Woolen and his livelihood is on the line even more than yours by Seattle choosing you.
That said, Jackson has only received high praise from head coach Pete Carroll this offseason. According to Carroll, Jackson had the "best camp" of anyone during minicamp in June. To be clear, Carroll didn't say Jackson had one of the best, but the best camp. Carroll is normally a positive guy, of course, but he also usually measures his words a bit more.
By most accounts, Jackson hasn't suddenly started more poorly in training camp. If anything, he is even better than he was in minicamp. He also has a year of playing at a good level so he has the confidence that brings. Witherspoon's agent also hopefully knows his guy isn't just the answer to all the Seahawks' dreams. In fact, Mike Jackson might be that. He's not overly costly in terms of cap space and might end up being a starter.