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Seattle Seahawks Kevin Smith’s Success Story

Competition is everything with the Seattle Seahawks.  That was proven once again when wide receiver Kevin Smith was promoted from the practice squad to the 53-man roster after the Seahawks released Chris Matthews.  To be a part of the best roster in the league takes true grit and determination, and to see Kevin Smith succeed is a great story.

The road hasn’t been easy for Smith, as he had to work his way up to make the roster with the Seahawks.  After playing at the University of Washington he went undrafted in the 2014 NFL draft.  He had stints with kevin-heismanArizona and Jacksonville before spending training camp with the Seahawks in 2014.  He wasn’t able to crack the Seahawks’ roster and was cut for a third time.

Smith went back home to Los Angeles and found a job working for FedEx.  Failure was never an option for Smith; instead, getting cut seemed to fuel his hunger to succeed.  He never gave up on his dream of playing in the NFL, and the Seahawks rewarded that effort with a contract in February of 2015.

Kevin Smith showed up at training camp as a man on a mission to prove the doubters wrong.  He stood out right away with his knack for making big plays.  Smith showed he can play all wide receiver positions and was a standout on special teams.  He was part of the final cuts, but was signed back on the practice squad.

Smith was rewarded for his hard work in practice, and on November 17 he was promoted to the 53-man roster.  He was active in his first game Kevin_Smith_(wide_receiver)against the 49ers and got his first career reception for 21 yards last Sunday vs the Pittsburgh Steelers.  It was a huge catch at a big moment in the game.  He almost had another catch in the end zone on a 2-point conversion attempt.

Smith’s success story in the NFL has just begun.  From being cut three times to working early mornings at FedEx and now making an impact for the Seattle Seahawks, he has shown that he is a relentless competitor. Kevin Smith has been able to overcome adversity, and he is a great example to all of us how hard work pays off and to never give up on your dreams.  Watch out for Smith to keep showing up and making big time plays as the Seahawks make a playoff run.

The Seattle Seahawks Wide Receivers

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The Seattle Seahawks have one of the best wide receiver groups in the NFL. They all play with a chip on their shoulder and make clutch catches. They are sometimes overlooked by other NFL writers, but Seahawks fans know that we have a receiving crew that will give us a chance to win every single game.

Let’s start with Golden Tate. The Seattle Seahawks drafted Tate in the year of 2010 in the second round. Golden Tate played his college ball at Notre Dame and made a lot of plays during his college career. Tate is a playmaker at both the receiver position and when returning punts. When he has the ball in his hands, Seahawks fans know something exciting is going to happen. He ended the season with his best game as a pro with 8 catches for 129 yards and 1 touchdown. As we enter the playoffs Golden Tate will be a difference maker and will make a lot of plays that will give the Hawks momentum throughout the game.

Next up we got ‘Angry Doug’ Baldwin. Baldwin was signed by the Seahawks after going undrafted in 2011. Baldwin played his college ball at Stanford and was teammates with Richard Sherman and Andrew Luck. And, he was coached by current San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh. In his rookie season Baldwin played fantastic, he had 51 receptions for 788 yards and 4 touchdowns. Not bad for an undrafted rookie. The next season his yards dipped a bit, but this season he has played very well. Doug Baldwin plays like he’s angry and has a huge chip on his shoulder. He plays like he has something to prove and Seahawks fans love his attitude.

Jermaine Kearse has been a pleasant surprise this year. Kearse is a local boy and played at the University of Washington. He was singed as an undrafted free agent by the Seattle Seahawks. In only his second season, Kearse has stepped up and played like someone who has someone to prove, just like Baldwin. This season he has caught 22 passes for 346 yards and 4 touchdowns. Kearse has become one of Wilson’s favorite deep threats. He has also had a huge impact on special teams. Jermaine Kearse is a classy individual and Seattle loves to cheer for him. He consistently makes big catches and will be a great player for the Seattle Seahawks for many years.

New Orleans Saints v Seattle SeahawksRicardo Lockette has also been a solid contributor to the Seahawks offense and special teams. He is famous for his HUGE hit in the St. Louis game, where he used his ‘hit stick’ on the punt returner. He played college football at a small university, Fort Valley State. Lockette was signed by the Seahawks in 2011 and, after bouncing around a few organizations, he arrived back to the Seattle Seahawks this year and hasn’t looked back since. Having a good receiver at the bottom of the depth chart is huge for a football team that plans on winning the Super Bowl. Lockette brings great depth to the Seahawks receiver group.

l3Y1n.AuSt.5[1]And, finally, we have the one and only Percy Harvin. After only playing against the Vikings this season, and making one spectacular catch and an amazing return, he was shut down for the rest of the regular season. But, now after almost being placed on the IR, Harvin is going to play and will be a difference maker. Harvin has lightning speed and will make life more difficult for the Saints. Having his impact will also open up space for Golden Tate and Doug Baldwin. Watch out for Percy Harvin in the game tomorrow. If Harvin returns a kickoff for a touchdown, Seahawks fans will go nuts and cause an earthquake once again.

All of these receivers play with a chip on their shoulder and play like they have something to prove. They also have an amazing quarterback in Russell Wilson, who throws accurate passes for the recivers to catch. Seahawks fans should be excited for the kind of passion and energy that this receiving group brings. Hopefully they will all have a big day on Saturday and will help the Seahawks beat the Saints.

Go Hawks!!!

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