On Saturday the Seattle Seahawks will have their annual simulated game, a scrimmage of sorts that gives both fans and coaches a chance to see what players can do in a game-like environment. Heading into the scrimmage, however, the Seahawks were looking at a tight end room that was a little beat up, and the team therefore waived Tyrone Swoopes (my condolences, hawknado) and Justin Johnson with an injury designation. If they clear waivers, the two will be moved to injured reserve. The two roster spots the team created were filled by Jackson Harris and Wes Saxton.
Saxton is in his fifth season out of South Alabama, having spent time with the New York Jets, the Washington Redskins, the Buffalo Bills, the Detroit Lions and San Francisco 49ers, along with the Birmingham Iron of the now defunct Alliance of American Football.
The other signee, Harris, tweeted about his signing with the Hawks earlier on Saturday, and it marks another big milestone for Harris this summer.
God is good - excited to be a Seahawk! pic.twitter.com/kuEVDolZri— Jackson Harris (@jharris88_) August 3, 2019
Harris graduated from the University of Georgia College of Engineering back in May, and as noted was a semi-finalist for the Campbell Trophy.
Among the #UGA College of Engineering students graduating tonight is Jackson Harris, tight end @FootballUGA and semifinalist for Campbell Trophy, which goes annually to the nation's top football scholar-athlete. #UGAgrad #UGA19 #UGAENGR19 @jharris88_ pic.twitter.com/5B93qq3CdL— UGA Engineering (@UGA_Engineering) May 10, 2019
Of note is that because Harris played at Georgia, he was a freshman for the Bulldogs in 2015 when Seattle offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer was the offensive coordinator for UGA. In addition, Assistant Quarterbacks Coach Steve Shimko was a graduate assistant for that 2015 Bulldogs squad, before moving on to take the offensive coordinator role for the National Champion 2016 Garden City (KS) Community College squad.
How much action these two will see in the simulated game, if any, remains to be seen, so if any of our readers are in attendance tonight, let us know if these two see the field.