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Dee Eskridge Readies For Preseason Finale
Seattle Seahawks wideout Dee Eskridge saw limited action as a rookie in 2021, after being selected No. 56 overall in the 2021 NFL Draft. Instead of getting reps this summer, he's been hampered by a hamstring injury that's caused him to miss much of camp and the Seahawks first two preseason matchups. Nevertheless, Eskridge has remained focused on returning to the team, and his outlook for year two is leading the way.
In 2021, Eskridge played in 10 games, catching 10 passes for 64 yards and a touchdown for the Seahawks. While Eskridge showed he belonged on the field, a concussion sidelined him for the majority of his rookie campaign.
Instead of the summer being a fresh start to prepare for year two, Eskridge suffered a hamstring injury in June. But instead of doubting himself, Eskridge has adapted the glass-half-full mindset, attacking every day with the mindset of getting healthy and getting better.
"Just basically being behind the scenes, understand the playbook more, understand some of things that I could be getting without being on the field," said Eskridge. "So, I feel like I got a lot of mental strength."
Regardless of the circumstances, Eskridge has a year of experience under his belt, and things are starting to feel more natural.
"Yes, it's definitely way more comfortable," he said. "Year one is just like an abundance of everything piled up on you at one time, so know that I can kind of see things more clearly, it feels great to go out there and be able to play freely."
Eskridge has plenty of veteran presence and leadership around the Virginia Mason Athletic Center to lean on. Two of those individuals have been Wide Receivers Coach Sanjay Lal and veteran wideout Marquise Goodwin. Eskridge first reflected on his coach.
"He's very intentional. He's very detailed as well," said Eskridge. "You know he brings the guys together as one. He holds you accountable to a different type of standard. It's one thing to hold someone accountable, but the little nit picking and things he does is a little different and I feel like that's what makes him different. All the guys are behind him just like he's behind us."
Not only does Eskridge get plenty of speed tips from Goodwin, who is a former Olympic high jumper, but advice about life overall.
"Yeah that's definitely like my big brother," said Eskridge. "I look at him- obviously we're the same type of players, same type of people is the crazy thing. Anytime I can ask a question, anytime I can get some insight from obviously his experience in the league and some of the things he's been through you know I take those and apply it to my life any way that I can."
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll took some time following the team's last day of training camp to discuss what he's seen out of Eskridge throughout the summer as he fights to get back to the field.
"Well, well. He is practicing today," said Carroll. "I'm really excited about if he can make it from the next day to the next day, and if we can put these days together, then he has a chance to play this weekend, which is huge. It is a huge opportunity for us to get him out there. We come back to work for a few weeks after that. I'm really glad that you asked that because I want to spill that one out. He looked good two days ago too, so he's on the move to get back out there."
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