Skip to main content

Seattle Seahawks’ Jaxon Smith-Njigba Set for ‘Coming-Out Party’ Says Jason McCourty

Seattle Seahawks rookie Jaxon Smith-Njigba has finally found his feet in the NFL, and after back-to-back games of good production, Jason McCourty thinks a breakout game isn't too far away.

When the Seattle Seahawks drafted Jaxon Smith-Njigba in the first round, the thought was he would be a contributor on offense from Day 1. That hasn't been the case, as the rookie was dealing with a wrist injury late in preseason.

After a quiet first month of football, where Smith-Njigba was barely sighted, he has exploded in the last fortnight and had a hand in getting the Seahawks across the line against the Cleveland Browns.

With the rookie starting to heat up, former NFL cornerback Jason McCourty thinks that what we are seeing from Smith-Njigba is just the tip of the iceberg.

“He started the season, he had a wrist injury, going through some things,” McCourty said on Good Morning Football. “Now, the last two weeks he has scored a touchdown, this past one was the game-winner late in the game, Geno Smith finds him. I feel like for him and this offense, obviously they have Tyler Lockett, DK Metcalf, but adding him as the third guy, Geno Smith’s starting to build trust with him. 

"Feel like he’s going to have a coming-out party where we see 100-yard game, maybe multiple touchdown game. I think it’s just the tip of the iceberg for Jaxon Smith-Njigba.”

Seattle's Jaxon Smith-Njigba has found form in the last two games.

Seattle's Jaxon Smith-Njigba has found form in the last two games.

In his first four games of the season, Smith-Njigba had just 12 receptions for 62 yards and didn't find the endzone. It wasn't panic stations as it does take some players time to adjust to the rigors of the NFL - even first-round selections.

But over the last three weeks, the former Ohio State Buckeye has totaled 11 receptions for 147 yards and two touchdowns. He’s heating up.

DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett are still doing their thing, but Smith-Njigba is the third member of what could be a devastating three-headed monster going forward.

The Seahawks are currently first in the NFC West with a 5-2 record, and that is with Smith-Njigba just finding his feet.

If he can maintain this level of production - catching at least three passes and 30-40 yards - he will add another dimension to a Seattle offense that is already averaging 24.0 points a game (ranks 11th).

If what we see really is just the "tip of the iceberg," then that should get Seahawks fans excited for what's to come.