Seahawks Player to Watch No. 3 - WR Jaxon Smith-Njigba (JSN)
JSN was taken with the Seahawks' second first-round pick in the 2023 NFL Draft at 20th overall. He dealt with a hand injury in the middle of the preseason in which he had to have surgery to repair a cracked wrist. JSN was still able to start the first game of the season and has not missed a game this year. Whether the injury affected his number of targets to start the year is a possibility, however, he is the third receiver among the Seahawks' starting wideouts. This could also be the reason for his lack of targets throughout JSN's first five NFL games.
In Seattle's game against Cincinnati, JSN had the most receiving yards he has had all season. He had 48 yards receiving and four catches on five targets. Playing behind veteran wide receivers Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf, JSN is starting to open up opportunities in the Seahawks' passing game for JSN. JSN played the most snaps he has played the entire season in last week's game against the Bengals with 53 snaps. The Seahawks are starting to find more opportunities for their rookie wide receiver and he made the most of those chances against the Bengals.
The Arizona Cardinals are 22nd in passing yards allowed per game this season. Allowing 243.3 yards per game through the air this season. With the Cardinals concentrating their attention on the Seahawks' top two wide receivers DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett, there could be more opportunities for JSN in this week's game.
JSN has been targeted 25 times this season, Lockett leads the team with 35 targets, and Metcalf has 33 targets this season. This Sunday will be a great opportunity to introduce the division rival Cardinals to JSN. Hopefully, Geno Smith can give JSN plenty of targets to show what he can do.