Seahawks To Hold QB Competition, Did Not See Malik Willis As NFL-Ready

To the surprise of most, the Seahawks have had a pat at quarterback since trading Russell WilsonGeneral Chat Chat Lounge They did re-sign Geno Smithwho has been a backup for seven years, and is poised to give him a fair shot at succeeding Wilson.

Smith and Drew Lock Brady Henderson of ESPN.com is engaged in an open competition for the job. Pete Carroll Has praised Lock throughout the offseason and said during a KJR 93.3 appearance (via Pro Football Talk) Lock would have taken the first quarterback in this year’s draft.

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Lock, who went 42nd overall to the Broncos in 2019, is entering a contract year. He’s largely struggled as a starter, and while the ex-Mizzou prospect did play in two offensive systems in his first two years, Teddy Bridgewater Beat him out for Denver’s QB1 job last year and hold him off throughout the Broncos’ time in playoff contention. Locked in an injured Week 15 game against the Bengals; The Broncos lost that game and their final three to finish 7-10. This came after the strong-armed passer tied for the 2020 interception lead, with 15, despite missing three-plus games.

Seattle also has ex-Indianapolis draftee Jacob Eason On its roster, but Lock-Smith appears to be the battle. Refusing to capitalize on the non-Kenny Pickett QB prospects’ collective freefall, The Seahawks didn’t select a QB with their nine draft picks. A player they were connected to, Malik Willis, did not appeal to them. Seattle didn’t see the Liberty prospect as close to NFL-ready, Henderson adds. Seattle passed on Willis, Desmond Ridder and Matt Corral Three times on Day 2.

Smith, 31, has made five starts over the past seven seasons. Three of those came last season, his third with the Seahawks. The former second-round pick did show some promise, completing 68% of his passes on 7.4 yards per attempt – numbers better to his Jets-era work, albeit a smaller sample size – and finishing with a 5-to-1 TD- INT ratio. But he has been a backup on four teams since 2015.

If the Browns end up releasing Baker MayfieldThe Seahawks will surely add to this mix. They were connected to the four-year starter earlier this offseason, and he would seemingly give the team a better chance to win this season. For now, however, Lock has a great opportunity to snag another starting gig.

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