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Seahawks wide receiver trio push for best in NFL

Jaxon Smith-Njigba’s arrival did indeed put Seattle in the uppermost echelon of wide receiver talent.

Philadelphia Eagles v Seattle Seahawks Photo by Ryan Kang/Getty Images

The Seattle Seahawks drafted Jaxon Smith-Njigba 20th overall this spring, and analysts immediately took to sorting out how good they’d be for us. Added to DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett, this group now had a place in the conversation for top of the league.

ESPN’s Mike Clay had them as the second-best WR unit in the NFL, behind only the Cincinnati Bengals.

It may have taken a while, but the Seahawks slowly figured out the riches of their offense this season, which - although it now involves not running the ball and vast deserts of tight end involvement - is pretty fun up a the top of the receiver position.

In fact, the trio did something for the first time in franchise history, letting you know they really were as good as advertised.

But just how good?

Stacking them up against the consensus top receiving teams from this preseason, here’s how the Seattle trio stands up.

Let’s go from the bottom up.

5. The San Francisco 49ers

Again, we’re not using other positions for this, because I’m not interested in how impressive your entire passing attack is. Otherwise these wacko teams with 900-yard tight ends and 500-yard running backs mess everything up. This is pure three-on-three, wide receiver results.

Brandon Aiyuk - 1317 yards, 7 Touchdowns.

Deebo Samuel - 871, 7

Jauan Jennings - 265, 1

Total: 2,453 yards, 15 TD

4. The Cincinnati Bengals

Ja’Maar Chase - 1197, 7

Tee Higgins - 656, 5

Tyler Boyd - 663, 2

Total: 2516 yards, 14 TD

3. Your Seattle Seahawks

Metcalf - 1104, 8

Lockett - 823, 4

Smith-Njigba 614, 4

Total: 2541 yards, 16 TD

2. The Philadelphia Eagles

A.J. Brown - 1447, 7

DeVonta Smith - 1066, 7

Olamide Zaccheaus - 144, 2, a wee little man.

Total: 2657 yards, 16 TD

1. The Tyreek Hills Miami Dolphins

Tyreek Hill - 1717, 12

Jalen Waddle - 1014, 4

Cedric Wilson Jr - 272, 3

Total: 3,003 yards, 19 TD

Not too shabby. 100 yards short of the Eagles, and considering that’s two games a bit of Drew Lock, with the number of offensive line starters approaching the teens.

Considering it took a full five games for the team to get Smith-Njigba more than 50 yards, this is even more impressive. Over the second half of the season, the Seahawks top three have been as good as anybody.