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Tuesday Round-Up: ESPN Ranks Seahawks Wideout Group No. 2 In NFL

ESPN NFL Writer Mike Clay drops his annual positional rankings, with high praise for Seattle’s receiving corp.


Good morning, 12s. Here's a look at what's out there today — Tuesday, August 15 — about your Seattle Seahawks.

Seahawks Receivers Among The Best In NFL

In 2022, the Seahawks saw wideouts DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett both reach the 1,000-yard receiving mark. After selecting wideout Jaxon Smith-Njigba with the No. 20 selection in April's draft and an offseason of work, Seattle comes in at No. 2 on ESPN writer Mike Clay’s 2023 wideout positional rankings list.

Geno Smith took the reins as the starting quarterback in 2022 after beating out teammate Drew Lock in a competition for that job. The 2022 AP Comeback Player of the Year threw for a career-high 4,282 yards, 30 touchdowns and a league-leading 69.8 completion percentage. A major catalyst for Smith's success and 9-8 Seahawks earning a playoff spot was the receiving corps. Lockett and Metcalf combined for 174 receptions and 15 touchdowns, leading the way. Returning tight ends Noah Fant, Colby Parkinson and Will Dissly also combined for over 1,000 receiving yards and nine touchdowns.

With their second first-round selection in April's draft, Seattle selected Smith-Njigba, who was named a 2023 CBS Sports Preseason Player to Watch last week. The 6-foot wideout has been pegged as Seattle's slot receiver of the future following an electric career at Ohio State. In 2021, Smith-Njigba broke the FBS record for receiving yards in a bowl game with 347 yards in Ohio State's Rose Bowl victory over the Utah Utes.

Seattle comes in at No.2 league-wide for their receiving group, behind the Cincinnati Bengals. Clay breaks down his reasoning for the ranking, along with his reasoning why the Seahawks receiving corps can soon earn the No.1 spot.

Unit to watch:*Seattle Seahawks*

DK Metcalf is top 10 in receiving yards and touchdowns over the past three seasons and Tyler Lockett has 1,000-plus yards and eight-plus TDs in five straight seasons. They form an elite duo, and the unit got even better when Seattle spent the No. 20 overall pick on electric rookie Jaxon Smith-Njigba. This could become the league's best trio by next season's end.

In the latest dose of national praise for the Pacific Northwest's team, Seattle's high-powered offense gets some recognition. After tying for No. 11 league-wide in passing yards in 2022 (231.4 yards per game), Seattle will look to create even more headaches for opposing defenses this season.

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