Geno Smith expected to start Seahawks’ preseason opener

Geno Smith expected to start Seahawks’ preseason opener

RENTON, Wash. — Geno Smith is anticipated to get the beginning at quarterback when the Seattle Seahawks open the preseason this weekend towards Pittsburgh, coach Pete Carroll mentioned Tuesday.

Smith, who performed for the Jets from 2013-16 and with the Giants in 2017, has been the chief within the competitors with Drew Lock to be Seattle’s beginning QB all through the offseason and can get the nod for the primary of the three preseason video games.

“He’s nonetheless going with those (and) he’s gonna begin the sport this weekend,” Carroll mentioned. “He had a really strong day right now, made some large throws right now.”

Lock performed properly throughout Seattle’s mock recreation over the weekend, main the No. 2 offense towards the Seahawks’ beginning protection. But it surely was Smith who was with the No. 1 offense when follow resumed Tuesday.

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“I feel it was his most strong efficiency. He’s had actually good days too, however I feel that was one of the best one below the circumstances,” Carroll mentioned. “I actually preferred his poise and his consolation within the pocket, dealing with stuff, changes, calls he needed to make on the line of scrimmage, all of that he dealt with very properly.”

Regardless of Smith getting the decision because the starter towards the Steelers, Carroll did say that the Seahawks will prioritize getting each quarterbacks equal reps with the beginning huge receivers.

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Smith and Lock are competing for the beginning nod after Russell Wilson was traded to Denver within the offseason. Lock was a part of the bundle Seattle acquired in return for sending Wilson to the Broncos. It’s the primary quarterback competitors for the Seahawks since 2012, when Wilson gained the job as a rookie.

Whereas quarterback has been the first focus, Seattle is immediately turning into skinny at spots within the secondary. Cornerback Sidney Jones has been out with a concussion and fellow cornerback Artie Burns suffered a groin harm in follow Tuesday.

Versatile security Ryan Neal can be out after struggling a high-ankle sprain that Carroll mentioned will maintain him out for, “a bit bit. It’s a reasonably good ankle sprain.”

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