Amara Darboh should be above the wide receiver competition that’s taking place on the Seattle Seahawks.
While the rookie still has to show he’s worthy of game snaps come September, the nature of his arrival in the Pacific Northwest should ensure he’s a part of this season’s team.
The Seahawks selected the Michigan wideout in the third round. As Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times notes, no player selected in the third round has been cut as a rookie before a regular season in the past five years. Darboh, though, has been severely limited during preseason play and hasn’t gotten much of a chance to stand out in playing only 12 snaps.
This appears to have helped the former Wolverines pass-catcher craft a motivational mindset in his first NFL August.
“Yeah I feel like every day I do,’’ Darboh said, via Condotta, about having the mentality to prove he belongs on the team. “I mean, that’s kind of my mentality. I have to show them why they drafted me and show them why they should keep me on the team, and just as a competitor show my teammates that I’m capable of being on this team.’’
Doug Baldwin is entrenched as Russell Wilson’s No. 1 wide receiver. Jermaine Kearse and Paul Richardson are likely safe as complementary targets. Tyler Lockett is as well, but the electric return man/auxiliary receiver is recovering from a broken leg. After that, Darboh figures to slide into the equation. Kasen Williams’ strong preseason, though, might push seventh-round rookie David Moore — out of Division II East Central (Okla.) — off the roster.
Multiple injuries have sidelined Darboh, but Pete Carroll said he’s performed better in practice than in Seattle’s games. It’s safe to assume he’ll have a chance to at least continue practicing with the Seahawks behind the Baldwin-fronted crew of receivers expected to contribute on game days.