During his team’s game against the Panthers on Sunday, Smith could be seen walking over toward rookie wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba on the sideline and giving him a pep talk while he was sitting on the bench. At one point, Smith threw an interception on a pass that was intended for Smith-Njigba in the second quarter, but it’s unclear if this conversation happened before or after the play.
“Hey, I need you,” Smith said to Smith-Njigba. “I need you in the second half. I need you locked in. Whatever happened, it’s on me. It ain’t never on you. You gotta get the ball so I gotta find you, alright? I need you to give me your best in the second half, alright?”
The young wideout could be heard responding, “I got you.” It was a wholesome moment between teammates but unfortunately it didn’t materialize into much for Smith-Njigba. He finished the game with one catch for 10 yards on three targets but Seattle was able to pull out the 37–27 win over Carolina.
It’s a long season, though, and having a quarterback that believes in you that much can go a long way.