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3 potential breakout players for the Seattle Seahawks in the 2021 NFL season

The Seattle Seahawks had a rocky start to the offseason but it seems the storm has settled as they look forward to the new year. The NFC West is set to be one of the toughest divisions in football, as each team aims to make the playoffs in 2021. Luckily for the Seahawks, they have the roster to potentially win their division and clinch a playoff spot.

The Seahawks could even make a deep run but will need some players to step up their productivity to be competitive. The front office has done a great job finding the replacements needed to improve the team, so things are looking bright in Seattle.

With a new tight end in town, Russell Wilson might have a new favorite target. There is also an exciting rookie receiver that could make a splash next season and a surprise running back that might surpass Chris Carson. With that said, here are three potential breakout players for the Seahawks in 2021.

Gerald Everett

Playing for the Los Angeles Rams throughout his career, Gerald Everett signed with the Seahawks this offseason. He finally has a chance to be the number one tight end on a depth chart after splitting time with Tyler Higbee. Everett’s proven to do well with his opportunities and could be in for a big year in Seattle.

DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett will be Wilson’s top two targets. However, having a third option would be stellar for this offense. The Seahawks are at their best when they let Russ cook and Everett could be the biggest benefactor from that approach. Look for Everett to have a big role in the Seahawks offense next season.

D’Wayne Eskridge

Taken in the second round of the NFL Draft, D’Wayne Eskridge is in a position to have a major role in Seattle. The redshirt senior was dangerous with the ball in his hands, where he routinely picked up yards after the catch. Eskridge has the potential to be a great slot receiver in the NFL.

With Metcalf and Lockett leading the way, Eskridge should be able to find himself open more often than not. The rookie will have to earn his playing time with the Seahawks though, as Freddie Swain is competing for the slot position as well. Look for Eskridge to get involved with the offense, as the last wide receiver they selected in the second round turned out to be a rising superstar in DK Metcalf.

Rashaad Penny

Chris Carson is primed for a solid year as Pete Carroll loves to run the ball. However, one concern surrounds Carson at the moment. He’s coming off an injury that kept him out for four games last year. Who knows if there will be any lingering effects, as we won’t know that until the season starts.

Additionally, with the extra game added onto the regular season this year, having multiple running backs in the backfield will be more important than ever. Rashaad Penny has proven to be a solid option when given the opportunity, but injuries have hampered his career. Look for the Seahawks to utilize both running backs next season with Penny possibly having the breakout year we’ve been waiting for.