Geno Smith ‘doing things right,’ still leading QB competition

Renton – Through the first seven drills of Seahawks training camp, nothing has changed with Seattle’s depth chart at quarterback.

“Jeno (Smith) remains on top,” coach Pete Carroll said after Friday’s practice. “He’s ahead. He’s been leading for all the obvious reasons and he’s at it and doing really well.”

The most obvious of those reasons is Smith’s four-year experience with the Seahawks and second in the system of offensive coordinator Shane Waldron, while Locke was acquired in the Russell Wilson trade in March and is still considered to be in catch-up mode. Is. learn playbook.

But Carroll also said it’s early in the evaluation process.

“We need to delegate, we need to look at more situations to find a reason to really see the difference between people,” Carroll said. “There just isn’t enough stuff.”

That will begin to change on Saturday when the Seahawks hold their annual mock game at 2:30 p.m. at Lumen Field, which serves as the fourth preseason game.

The mock game helps send camp into a different mode, with the Seahawks then playing their first preseason game in Pittsburgh in a week starting Saturday and their first home preseason game against Chicago on August 18 – Seattle over a period of 13 days. Three gamelike positions for .

“We start the game and see what happens,” Carroll said. “It’s a really big day (Saturday).”

Smith has not only been in the lead, but he has taken almost all of his rep practice along the first team’s offensive line, with Locke working almost exclusively with the second.

This changed little during Friday’s non-padded practice during the opening team season of nearly 20 plays when both stopped working along the first and second offensive lines.

After that season, however, Smith went back to working with the guys and with Lock Two.

Carroll hinted that could soon change.

“We’re working hard to match reps with guys who play up front and receivers and stuff,” Carroll said. “We are working to make it happen and it will happen and you will see how it happens again tomorrow, how the delegates are assigned, so that we can make it a really equal competition.”

Carroll said that for now, Smith’s biggest advantage is “getting things right”. He takes over the system, he’s making checks on the line of scrimmage, he (center) is able to control security working with Austin (Blyth). Those guys are killing it really well. And he is really talented. He has thrown great every day.”

For Locke, eliminating — or severely limiting — is his second biggest emphasis, along with mastering the turnover-worthy play system. As did Waldron earlier this week, Carroll referred to a play that ended first practice last Wednesday when Locke rolled to his right, then, as he was being swung, was thrown to the other side of the field. Thrown wildly – a pass that could have easily resulted in a pick-six.

“I’m really glad this game happened in first practice, because it was about as bad a game as you can make,” Carroll said. “It was so obvious that it was like ‘Okay, this is an example we’re never going to do again.'”

Carroll said that Locke “hasn’t made it like that since.”

But if Smith is in the lead, Carroll clarified that there is still every chance for Locke to win the job, “I’m watching to see how it swings, if it’s heavy on one side or the other. be heavy.”

They each have an “opening” to complete the day, everything and the day is nearing completion, he said, but neither has yet done so.

“I’m still looking for them to actually order it and actually own it,” Carroll said.

Maybe for one or the other that will start on Saturday.

Pete Carroll returns to practice after testing COVID-19 positive

Friday’s practice was Carroll’s first since testing positive for COVID-19 last Sunday. The NFL mandates that anyone who tests positive must isolate for five days.

Carroll wore a mask throughout Friday’s practice and said he “feels great. Never really felt bad. There were just a few small symptoms that made it go away and off we went.”

Carroll said he was able to watch those three practices live via a video feed from the berm, which he said in some ways, he almost saw things better.

“That’s why Bayer (Bryant) used to sit there in the tower,” Carroll said. “He was aware of what he was doing. … We actually made it work very well.”

Carroll said he missed just one practice earlier in his career when his father died at USC.

Carroll praised head coach Carl Smith, who ran the team, but was happy to be back on Friday, saying, “It was a blast to be with the guys today. I feel like it’s been a month.”

Right tackle remains a three-man fight

Rookie Abraham Lucas, a third-round pick out from Washington State, dealt with a first-team offense throughout practice on Friday, the first time he had done so, previously working exclusively with the second-unit. Jake Curhan and Stone Forsyth had traded days together. beginning

Carroll said all three are in contention and the big picture is that he is confident that whoever wins the job will do well during the season.

“It’s a good competition,” he said. “We’re going to be fine on the right tackle. I don’t think we have any concerns about that.”

other notes

  • Cornerback Sydney Jones IV sat out after a hard hit to the head earlier in the week and was being assessed for a concussion. Artie Burns was playing in the left corner with the start on Friday, usually matching up with rookie Tariq Woolen on the right. Rookie Kobe Bryant also debuted in some.
  • Middle linebacker Jordan Brooks hasn’t exercised in the week after repairing his hamstring. It featured Iggy Iyiegbuniwe with Cody Barton serving as the starting middle linebacker. Seattle also added to their linebacker depth by signing Cincinnati free agent Joel Dublanco on Friday. Dublanco is an Aberdeen native who played at Aberdeen High before spending his final years at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. Dublanco was co-captain at Cinci with Bryant last year and was recently released by the Saints. Seattle cut Jake Hausman for a place on the roster.
  • Receiver D’Escridge did not participate in team practice again due to a hamstring injury, and when Carroll said he could return next week, he said it was unlikely he could play in Pittsburgh.
  • Six-foot-seven tight end Colby Parkinson, using his height to catch a pass from Smith on the safety of Josh Jones in the team drill, could have been the game of the day. Carroll later cited Parkinson as a player who made particularly good progress in the camp.

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