Seahawks general manager Matt Berry talks about Jaxon Smith-Njigba

The Seattle Seahawks are in transition with a brand new staff coming in after the team parted ways with Pete Carroll. What their identity will be will be intriguing to see, but defense will likely still be the priority.

On the offensive side of the football, Geno Smith is the current starter, but backup Sam Howell is a player the team believes in after trading for him this offseason. Outside of the quarterback position, one of the most fascinating players on the roster heading into 2024 is receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba, who has enjoyed a dominant offseason thus far.

After the Seahawks selected him 20th overall in the 2023 NFL Draft, Smith-Njigba was a great addition to an already great receiver corps. He has some versatility to his game and can thrive across the board for the Seahawks playing both outside and in the slot.

Seahawks analyst Bryan Walters believes he can be the Seahawks’ best receiver this season and he’s not the only one who thinks Smith-Njigba will take a huge step this season. Seahawks Director of Player Personnel Matt Berry was on the Seahawks Man 2 Man podcast and praised the second-year wide receiver, taking a rare moment to get overly enthusiastic about a player.

“JSN is unbelievable. I think between the hamstring release, coming out of the draft and then the hand injury where he is now compared to where he was at this time last year, holy cow guys. Holy cow, it’s really cool.

Matt Berry

During his rookie season, Smith-Njigba caught 63 passes for 628 yards and four touchdowns as the third receiver. That will likely show growth in his second season, especially with Ryan Grubb as offensive coordinator. He likes to attack down the field and use three wide receivers, which will mean more opportunities for Smith-Njigba.

The key to unlocking him will be staying healthy, just like last season, as he played in all 17 games as a rookie after missing most of his senior season at Ohio State. The Seahawks could be sitting on a passing goldmine in 2024 if he reaches his potential.

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