Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Gary Jennings Jr. has been largely overshadowed by second-round pick and fellow rookie D.K. Metcalf, who is expected to be the second receiver on the team’s depth chart behind Tyler Lockett. He did not see much playing time in the Seahawks’ first preseason game against the Denver Broncos and may be an afterthought to many fans because of his status as a fourth-round pick.
However, he impressed in the team’s training camp on Monday, making a few notable plays. Quarterback Paxton Lynch connected with him for a long reception past two defenders and a touchdown pass on a curl route in the red zone.
“I think Gary had a great day today. It was his best day yet,” quarterback Russell Wilson said. “He really needed it, to be honest with you, just to make some plays and get the ball in his hands, one, to show himself he can be great in this league, hopefully, and two, to the team.”
Wilson acknowledged Jennings made some solid plays and did not know the reason for the rookie receiver’s lack of targets. The veteran quarterback has known Jennings for years, having been his basketball coach at K-through-12 Collegiate School in Virginia when Jennings was in elementary school. Wilson said Jennings “was always a really focused kid . . . out here, he’s very professional.”
Wilson sees an abundance of potential in Jennings and believes he can become something great if he keeps up his strong play.
“If you can put back to back days together and learn how to do that every day, you may have something great there,” Wilson said.
Jennings is being slept on because of his lack of targets and the hype surrounding Metcalf, but the fact that the Seahawks’ franchise quarterback sees a potential sleeping giant in him could encourage the rookie to prove himself to the league.