The Seahawks quarterback league will heat up further this weekend with its first preseason game against the Steelers.
Between Geno Smith and Drew Lock, Smith seems to be leading the way in training camp so far. He will get the start in Saturday’s preseason opener.
But Lock doesn’t seem to get it right and could give QB1 a boost for the rest of August. While head coach Pete Carroll described Smith as “consistent and rock solid,” some of that stems from Smith’s being with the Seahawks since 2019. As Carroll put it, the team already knew Smith.
Lock is a different story.
“I’m amazed at some of the things Drew does,” said Carroll, via Gregg Bell of The newsstand. “His movement. His natural ability. His ability to move and occasionally throw the ball into awkward positions with his feet to get the ball out, his speed of release. I saw that stuff, but until I saw the person, I didn’t know.
“He’s really talented. He’s got a lot of skills, man, and in that sense the game is easy for him. Physically he can make all the throws, do the moves, run with the football. We’ve seen him run and take off a lot here and So it was just kind of the whole package that was a surprise to see it’s just well equipped. Now it’s just up to the competition from it.”
Carroll said he would like to see elements of training carried over into the preseason games for both signal callers.
“At the quarterback position, there are opportunities,” said Carroll. “And if the opportunities are there, how do they take them? Will they get through and break it? Do they come through and make the big throw in the red zone, or maybe it’s a third behind or whatever it is. Perhaps it touches someone who is deeply open.
“We just have to wait. Then we add them up.”
Lock built an 8-13 record as a starter with Denver for the past three seasons. Smith has not started consistently with the Jets since 2014, but last year he went 1-2 for Seattle when Russell Wilson was out with a finger injury.