Ohio State wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba on stage after being selected by the Seattle Seahawks twentieth overall in the first round of the 2023 NFL Draft Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith was a surprise last season as he helped lead the team to the playoffs.

The team gave him a big weapon to work with during the 2023-2024 NFL season by drafting wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba in the first round.

With OTAs underway, Smith got his first chance to see what the Ohio State product can do and he’s pretty impressed so far.

“He’s so impressive,” Smith told reporters. “Very smooth route runner. Natural hands. Also, the game is not too big for him. You can see he’s got that self-confidence that you look for. He’s learning; he’s picking up his assignments like all the other rookies and new guys. Jaxon’s been tremendous so far, and I’m looking forward to seeing him grow.”

Smith already had two solid targets in D.K. Metcalf and Tyler Lockett but the addition of Smith-Njigba gives him a potentially big third option this season.

Seahawks offensive coordinator Shane Waldron was also pretty impressed with the rookie early on in camp.

“He’s done a good job just kind of blending in with the team,” said Waldron. “Getting used to the guys, getting used to the building and the environment here. He’s done a great job with the work that he’s been able to do so far. You see a lot of his natural talent really showcased, especially in some of the individual drills and some of the individual work. So, excited to work with him and watch him progress throughout this OTA and into training camp.”


About Sean Keeley

Along with writing for Awful Announcing and The Comeback, Sean is the Editorial Strategy Director for Comeback Media. Previously, he created the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and wrote 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse-related things for SB Nation, Curbed, and other outlets. He currently lives in Seattle where he is complaining about bagels. Send tips/comments/complaints to sean@thecomeback.com.