The Seattle Seahawks are in a bit of a predicament at wide receiver with Doug Baldwin out for “a couple of weeks” due to a sore knee. This does however provide an opportunity for other wideouts to prove themselves in training camp and when preseason games begin next week.
One of those receivers who is apparently on the bubble is Amara Darboh, the second-year man out of the University of Michigan. ESPN’s Brady Henderson noted as such during Tuesday’s training camp session.
Young wide receivers making plays has been an early theme to Seahawks training camp. It was Amara Darboh’s turn today. Darboh, a 2017 third-round pick who’s competing for a roster spot, made a pair of tough grabs on back-shoulder throws from Russell Wilson, including one for a touchdown that he hauled in with one hand. That should help Darboh’s confidence. Earlier, Keenan Reynolds and Damore’ea Stringfellow finished off a goal-line throwing drill with touchdown catches. Doug Baldwin let the defensive backs have it, shouting, “Is there anyone out here that can cover wideouts?!”
Darboh was drafted in the third-round by Seattle in 2017, and appeared in every game in his rookie season. His contributions were minimal, as he only caught 8 passes for 71 yards on 13 targets. In effect, he was Seattle’s #5 wide receiver, earning fewer offensive snaps than Tanner McEvoy.
Right now, the only wide receiver “locks” for the 53-man roster look to be Doug Baldwin, Tyler Lockett, and Jaron Brown. As for Darboh, McEvoy, Marcus Johnson, Brandon Marshall, David Moore, and the rest of the field, it’s all about jockeying for position.
It’d certainly be a disappointment if Darboh doesn’t last two years here. There’s definitely still time for him to leave no doubt that he’ll be a Seahawk entering the 2018 season, but evidently there’s a chance that John Schneider effectively drafted Kevin Norwood 2.0.