Seattle Seahawks’ Coach Reveals Major Plans For Key Playmaker

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Seattle Seahawks head coach Mike Macdonald is entering his first season at the helm in the Pacific Northwest, so he is surveying all of the talent he has at his disposal.

One player in particular that has caught his eye is wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba.

Smith-Njigba is entering his second NFL season, and Macdonald already seems to have massive plans for the youngster in 2024.

“JSN’s a great player and [we’re] expecting big things out of him,” Macdonald said, via ESPN’s Brady Henderson. “He’s had a great offseason, works his tail off. His practice habits are awesome. Moving ability is pretty elite. I think we got a really cool plan for him.”

The 22-year-old played in every game last season, hauling in 63 receptions for 628 yards and four touchdowns as the Seahawks’ No. 3 wide out behind D.K. Metcalf and Tyler Lockett.

“He’s a guy that we can focus our offense around, along with other guys,” Macdonald said. “Tyler Lockett is still a great player. D.K. Metcalf, phenomenal player. The runners, Noah Fant. But he’s definitely going to be a massive piece of what we’re trying to do offensively.”

Jaxon Smith-Njigba May End Up Being the Seahawks’ No. 2 Receiver

Last year, it was clear that Smith-Njigba was behind both Metcalf and Lockett on the depth chart, but things can certainly change next season.

Obviously, Metcalf will be the ace of the receiving corps, but the No. 2 spot is definitely up for grabs after Lockett showed signs of declining in 2023.

Lockett had previously registered four straight 1,000-yard campaigns, but he finished with just 894 yards last season, which could open the door for Smith-Njigba to usurp him.

That’s especially considering that Smith-Njigba improved as the season progressed. After logging just nine catches for 57 yards in September, he caught 14 passes for 152 yards and a couple of scores in October before snaring 22 balls for 259 yards in November.

“He’s just a hard cover, man,” Macdonald said. “He can play outside, inside, and [offensive coordinator Ryan] Grubb does a great job of kind of moving guys around and finding some matchups. His lower body power and flexibility and being able to accelerate and obviously just having great hands and being able to track the ball is pretty impressive.”

Smith-Njigba, who played his collegiate football at Ohio State, was selected by Seattle with the 20th overall pick of the NFL Draft last spring.

The Seahawks may not be known for having an elite offense, but a duo of Metcalf and Smith-Njigba seems like it has tantalizing potential for the future.

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