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Jaxon Smith-Njigba has a real chance of breaking a Seahawks rookie record

Could Joey Galloway’s Seahawks rookie receptions mark be in jeopardy?

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Seattle Seahawks rookie wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba saw plenty of the ball against the Dallas Cowboys, catching a team-high 7 passes for 62 yards on 11 targets. It could’ve been 8 catches for 92 yards and a touchdown if the NFL would show any consistency with its catch rules and definition of “control.”

JSN now has 45 catches for 468 yards and 2 touchdowns. Even with DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett ahead of him in the depth chart, the No. 20 overall pick has been one of the more productive rookie receivers in the NFL, even after a slow start.

With five games left in the regular season and Smith-Njigba seeing an increased workload, there’s a distinct possibility that he will set a new Seahawks rookie record.

All-Time Seahawks Rookie Receptions

Joey Galloway (1995) - 67
DK Metcalf (2019) - 58
Steve Largent (1976) - 54
Darrell Jackson (2000) - 53
Doug Baldwin (2011) - 51
Tyler Lockett (2015) - 51
Jaxon Smith-Njigba (2023) - 45

Of course, Smith-Njigba may need the full 17 games to surpass Joey Galloway, but you’ve got Largent surrounded by nothing but 16-game players so we’re going to keep having these footnotes until the NFL unleashes a 24-game regular season in 2046.

At the very least, JSN could surpass Metcalf, Baldwin, and Lockett on this list, the top three receivers of the Pete Carroll era.

Between preseason injury and some in-season drops and miscommunications, it hasn’t been a smooth-sailing rookie year for JSN, but over the past few weeks he has shown why the Seahawks were eager to draft him. By next season I would not be shocked if he was the team’s second or even top leader in targets.