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Rookie WR Jake Bobo Showing Out

Jake Bobo is quickly becoming a fan favorite for the Seattle Seahawks, and it's not hard to see why. The undrafted rookie out of UCLA has been impressing coaches and teammates alike with his play in training camp and the preseason. While his 26-yard catch against the Cowboys was certainly noteworthy, it was his blocking on the very next play that really caught the attention of Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll.

Bobo used his smarts and savvy to fool a cornerback and block another defensive back, helping to set up a 29-yard run by Zach Charbonnet. "It was a terrific play, really subtle stuff," Carroll said. "He's just a special football player. Hope we can fit him in."

But it's not just his blocking that has impressed. Bobo has been the team's leading receiver through two preseason games, recording five catches for 98 yards and a touchdown. And he's carried that momentum into practice, making a pair of spectacular catches in Wednesday's session.

Despite his impressive play, Bobo knows he's not the fastest receiver on the team. But he's making up for it with his attention to detail and understanding of the position. "It's not all about speed," he said. "It's about change of direction, change of pace, how I can manipulate defenders into thinking I'm running faster than I am. It's the little things, the intricacies of playing receiver."

Bobo's hard work and dedication have earned him praise from both his coaches and teammates. "He does everything right, man," said quarterback Drew Lock. "He's in the right spots, knows his job, his assignment. That's all you can ask for. His physical ability will take care of everything else."

With injuries to Jaxon Smith-Njigba and Dareke Young, Bobo could very well end up being Seattle's No. 3 receiver behind DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett when the season kicks off. And he's ready to make the most of every opportunity his rookie season brings. "It's been cool," he said. "You think of the little kid in you that was dreaming about doing something like this one day. But at the same time, I've got a role to fill. For me, it's what do I need to do in the meantime just to kind of keep the ship afloat until he gets back and takes his role."


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