Seahawks injuries, suspensions at WR: 2 players who could come off the bubble
Dareke Young injury: 2 WRs on Bubble who could win jobs on 53-man roster
We need to talk immediately about two wide receivers who are on the bubble but seem to have an early lead in the race to fill the roster spot that will be vacated by D’Wayne Eskridge due to suspension. Not only will the Seahawks be without Eskridge for the first six games, putting him on track to return for Seattle’s Week 8 “throwback” contest against the Cleveland Browns (and yes, I do expect Eskridge to have a key role with the team this season), but Pete Carroll delivered more bad news related to the receivers room.
Rating at about a 2 on the 10-point “worry” scale, Tyler Lockett was held out of Friday’s mock game because the Seahawks are being cautious with a hamstring. But rating at least a 6 is Dareke Young’s “hernia”, which sounds much more likely to cause important time missed in the next month.
Carroll had no more information to give about Young other than to say that the team is waiting to find out how bad it is, which in itself sounds bad.
As of Friday morning, we all expected that the Seattle Seahawks had five receivers who were guaranteed to make the final 53-man roster. As of Saturday morning, that number is down to three, with Eskridge guaranteed to be inactive for six games and Young at least on the radar for a possible start on IR. That would mean four missed games for a player who is sure to have an important role on special teams but who doubles as a fullback and receiving weapon.
There are seven receivers on the roster who are not DK Metcalf, Jaxon Smith-Njigba, Lockett, Eskridge, and Young. From seven players fighting for maybe one spot, we now have seven shooting for at least one but as many as three spots. We had little information to go off of prior to the mock game…now we have some and it’s the momentum created by these two players in the last week that should give them a lead headed into Thursday’s preseason opener against the Minnesota Vikings.
Here is the why and the background on those two players who could be the most likely to take that extra roster spot because of Eskridge’s suspension, if not both making their way onto the Seahawks at the end of training camp.