Surprising Player Emerging as Seahawks No. 3 WR in Training Camp

Adam Taylor McKillop
One player is emerging as a candidate for the Seattle Seahawks' No. 3 wideout in training camp.
One player is emerging as a candidate for the Seattle Seahawks' No. 3 wideout in training camp. / Alika Jenner/Getty Images

NFL training camp is an exciting time for players across the league. Not only is this the first real organized football in months, but it offers an opportunity for rookies, young players, and veterans to battle for roster spots.

One battle to keep an eye on is the No. 3 wide receiver spot for the Seattle Seahawks. The No. 1 and No. 2 wideout spots are locked up with the dynamic pairing of DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett. However, even with superstar Russell Wilson under center, the Seahawks struggled last season in the passing attack. Seattle finished just 16th in the NFL with 246.3 passing yards per game.

To address that, the front office drafted the exciting WR D'Wayne Eskridge with their first pick (second round) of the 2021 NFL Draft. Eskridge has been held out of training camp thus far with a toe injury and second-year wideout Freddie Swain is doing everything in his power to secure a roster spot.

It's unfair to call this a true battle until Eskridge returns to the field, but Swain has impressed everyone in camp up until this point.

"He can do everything, and he blocks well, he catches the ball well, he runs with the ball after the catch. He’s really smart, he plays multiple positions. He’s right in the mix of everything.’’

Pete Carroll on Freddie Swain

The Seahawks grabbed Swain out of the University of Florida in the sixth round of the 2020 draft. He started just one game last season, but he appeared in all 16 and recorded 13 receptions on 21 targets for 159 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

This battle is definitely worth keeping an eye on, especially once Eskridge returns to full health. Seattle owns favorable -130 odds to make the NFL playoffs this season, according to NFL odds on FanDuel Sportsbook.

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