On Saturday there were many fans of the Seattle Seahawks who were upset when word came down that the team was waiving rookie wide receiver Jazz Ferguson out of Northwestern State. Ferguson had shown some skills on contested balls in the red zone, while leading the Hawks rookie receivers in receiving during the preseason. However, in spite of those facts, the team decided to retain all three of the receivers it selected during the 2019 NFL Draft back in April in DK Metcalf, Gary Jennings and John Ursua, while risking Ferguson to the waiver wire.
Well, apparently the count was in John Schneider’s favor, just as it appears to have been all day on Saturday, and after clearing waivers reports are that Ferguson is set to join the Seattle practice squad.
Rookie WR Jazz Ferguson is signing back to the #Seahawks practice squad, source said.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) September 1, 2019
From the practice squad Ferguson might provide injury and developmental protection in case either David Moore or Metcalf are slower to return from injury than the team has anticipated. Obviously, it would be no surprise if head coach Pete Carroll had been overly optimistic in his assessments of the availability of Metcalf and Moore early in the season, so having a receiver who spent the offseason with the team and could provide depth in the event of a setback is good news for both the teams and Jazz fans.
Apparently teams around the league feared a redux of the Amara Darboh or Kasen Williams situations of the past two years, and decided to pass on the athletically talented, but largely raw and unrefined wide receiver.