3 breakout candidates for the Seahawks in 2022

Who is the best breakout candidate for the Seahawks?

By: Jake Rajala

The Seattle Seahawks may be crossed off by countless football analysts and even countless Seahawks fans. Nonetheless, the “why not us” attitude won’t leave Pete Carroll and I believe the Hawks team that was competitive with Geno Smith against the likes of New Orleans and Pittsburgh last season could surprise folks in 2022. With that said, I’m going to outline a few under-the-radar profiles that may break out of their shell and help the Russell Wilson-less Seahawks compete vigorously in 2022.

Noah Fant

The world’s fastest TE, also known as Noah Fant, is ready to thrive on the west coast. After ousting 670 yds last season, he will look to be more effective in the Hawks TE-friendly offense. Per NBC Sports, Fant expressed that the deep-passing concepts and play-action game will be lethal in Seattle. I also expect that the Seahawks TE1 will have excellent match-ups with opposing defenses focused on D.K. Metcalf and Tyler Lockett.

Drew Lock may not be the starter or a sexy QB option, but he also does have familiarity with Fant.

Tre Brown

The former Oklahoma stand-out Tre Brown underwent a season-ending injury on Nov. 24th last season. Although, he was able to shine in many moments prior to his surgery (as shown below). The third-year CB’s presence will be vital at the starting CB spot against the likes of Cooper Kupp, Allen Robinson, and Deebo Samuel.

Geno Smith

The Seahawks honestly took a step back with their QB talent this off-season from Russell Wilson to Geno Smith/Drew Lock. Although, it should be noted that Smith was actually a solid replacement for Wilson last season. The former Jets QB threw a beautiful throw to Metcalf against Marshon Lattimore on MNF and brought the Hawks to OT against the Steelers ferocious defense. Most importantly, my projected starter in Smith will have a full off-season to grow with the Hawks weaponry. I fully expect Smith to have a 2021 David Mills-like performance.

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