With the calendar flipping to July and offseason programs recently wrapping up, NFL training camps will begin around the league in less than a month. To celebrate the new incoming season, we will be breaking down the Seahawks' 90-man roster over the next several weeks, exploring best and worst case scenarios and what to expect from each player entering the 2021 campaign.
Freddie Swain, Receiver
Height/Weight: 6-foot, 197 pounds
2020 Stats: 13 receptions for 159 yards and two touchdowns
Arriving as a sixth-round pick out of Florida, Swain enjoyed a strong first training camp with the Seahawks as he impressed both as a receiver and return specialist. He made an unexpected impact right away, recovering a fumble on a botched fake punt in the season opener and catching his first career NFL touchdown the ensuing week. Though his production dipped in the second half with the rest of Seattle's offense, he earned more than 300 offensive snaps as a rookie and also returned six kickoffs on special teams, setting the stage for a potentially bigger role in 2021.
Best Case Scenario: Showcasing his 4.4 speed with several big catches in the preseason, Swain holds off D'Wayne Eskridge for the No. 3 receiver role behind DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett while also taking over as Seattle's kick returner. He finishes a solid second season with 28 receptions, 315 yards, and five touchdowns.
Worst Case Scenario: Outclassed by Eskridge right off the bat, Swain winds up in a tight battle against Johnson and Hart for Seattle's No. 4 receiver spot and though he still makes the team, he isn't able to eclipse his rookie numbers due to diminished playing time.
What to Expect in 2021: Swain's special teams value was initially why the Seahawks nabbed him late in the draft. He emerged in the back end of the receiving rotation and caught at least one pass in half of Seattle's regular season games. This year, he has his work cut out for him after Seattle used one of its three draft picks on a speedy receiver with special teams potential in D'Wayne Eskridge. Other fringe roster receivers such as John Ursua, Penny Hart, Cade Johnson, and Aaron Fuller will be gunning for Swain's spot. What should separate Swain is the experience he gained by playing numerous games last season and while his place on the 53-man roster isn't necessarily a lock, it would be a significant surprise if he wasn't one of the Seahawks top four wideouts in Week 1.
Previous Seahawks 90-Man Roster Primers
Alex McGough | Darvin Kidsy | Greg Eiland | Joshua Moon | Cam Sutton | Walter Palmore | Jared Hocker | Brad Lundblade | Aashari Crosswell | Myles Adams | Jon Rhattigan | Aaron Fuller | Bryan Mills I Jake Curhan | Jarrod Hewitt | Connor Wedington | Nate Evans | Danny Etling | John Ursua | Gavin Heslop | Pier-Oliver Lestage | Tamorrion Terry | Tommy Champion | Cody Thompson | Josh Johnson | Saivion Smith | Jordan Miller | Aaron Donkor | Robert Nkemdiche | Alex Collins | Tyler Mabry | Damarious Randall | Cade Johnson | Cedrick Lattimore | Phil Haynes | Geno Smith | Kyle Fuller | Travis Homer | Tyler Ott | Rasheem Green | Ben Burr-Kirven | Penny Hart | Jamarco Jones | Aldon Smith | DeeJay Dallas | Nick Bellore | Stone Forsythe | Colby Parkinson | Al Woods | Cedric Ogbuehi | Alton Robinson | Jordan Simmons | Pierre Desir | Ryan Neal | Tre Flowers