Geno Smith: Dee Eskridge is going to do some things in 2023

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The Seahawks added a premium player to their receiving corps by selecting Jaxon Smith-Njigba with the 20th overall pick in this year’s draft.

But the club also has a high pick from two years ago that quarterback Geno Smith feels is ready to break out in 2023.

Seattle chose Dee Eskridge with the 56th overall pick out of Western Michigan in 2021. Injuries have limited him to 10 games in each of his first two seasons. But on the first day of OTAs, Smith spoke highly of Eskridge’s potential for the upcoming year.

“Dee is going to do some things,” Smith said, via Curtis Crabtree of FOX 13 Seattle. “He’s getting ready to do many things. I know things have started slow for him but doesn’t matter.

“He is a physical specimen. He’s got everything it takes. He’s studying his butt off. I’ve been with him every single day and we are watching extra film and he looks to be really taking that next step.”

Smith added that he and Eskridge will train together in Florida after the Seahawks’ offseason program ends.

“I really see the growth in his mindset and his mentality. He wants it,” Smith said. “He’s always wanted it and he’s always had that ability, but obviously he’s had some setbacks but I can see just in his mental makeup that he’s ready to take that next step and it’s my job to help him and that’s why I want to be there with him.

“He’s working his butt off. He’s super explosive out here on the field. He’s one of the more explosive guys I’ve ever seen. If we can get him where I think he’ll be, I think it will help us out a lot.”

In 20 career games, Eskridge has 17 catches for 122 yards with one touchdown. He also has six carries for 69 yards and has averaged 22.7 yards on nine kick returns. Last season, Eskridge played 168 offensive snaps and recorded seven catches for 58 yards.

6 responses to “Geno Smith: Dee Eskridge is going to do some things in 2023

  1. Good long shot for Offensive Rookie of the Year. You never know. He’s an explosive athlete. Can definitely see him in a Percy Harvin role.

  2. Eskridge has ALL the tools to be GREAT, he just needs to STAY healthy. If he can take the next step he’ll really help the Hawks out this year. 🏈

  3. If by “do some things” Geno means make the roster then that might be believable. However, since he apparently gets hurt by a stiff breeze there’s more likelihood of an injury settlement in training camp. Make no mistake WR3 belongs to JSN. Eskridge just doesn’t have the frame to stay healthy in the league.

  4. Seattle has a VERY dangerous WR room. Spreading the ball around will be the name of the game. Metcalf is a good team player, but he’ll want the ball most often. Lockett never complains. Eskridge can do amazing things, even without the ball. Much like Percy Harvin, when Eskridge is on the field, the defense HAS to think about him. And much like Percy Harvin, he’s always banged up. So, I hope he can stay healthy. Working in Jaxon will give defenses even more heartburn. Geno Smith will have a lot of options. It will rely heavily on getting Kenny Walker III and Zach Charbonnet rolling. Gonna be a fun season to watch.

  5. Comparing Eskridge to Harvin is insane. No defense is worried about him. Eskridge hasn’t proven to be able to do anything at all. Every time he’s tackled he’s out for the rest of the season. They wouldn’t have taken a receiver in the 1st round if they had any faith in Eskridge at all. They don’t. He’ll be lucky to make the roster.

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