RENTON – After the Seahawks’ fourth full practice of training camp on Monday, two men competing for the starting quarterback job completely agreed about one thing – the defense got the better of the offense.
Geno Smith said, “I think today was one of those days where I think he’s gotten the best out of us.” “But you know, you expect it sometimes.”
Added Drew Locke: “It was the first day they met us. I told them they were screaming and screaming today, and it wasn’t that loud yet. So it was the first time you know, I was actually listening to them today.”
Those assessments were taking it lightly.
During team seasons, the offense, to be blunt, happened very rarely in the passing game.
Safety Jamal Adams closed things out by batting a Geno Smith pass to DK Metcalf in the first game of 11-on-11.
A few minutes later, during an eight-play red-zone drill, the offense did not score a touchdown with only two short completions and two process penalties.
Along the way, linebacker Uchena Navosu recorded an interception, leaping off Smith in a seven-for-seven drill.
Typing the day, late in the team session, Locke found a wide-open Noah Fant from about 15 yards—a rare time in what appeared to be a readily available receiver—only for the fan to drop it. For.
There is, of course, the usual caveat that this is an early camp practice and the team is not in the pads – this will be the first time on Tuesday – and neither are there any live tackles after the pads are in place, muting the effect of the running game. .
Nevertheless, the defense was undeniably effective, with the offense of no team scoring a touchdown in the season.
“I think they came out with a little more juice than they did today,” Smith said. “You could see him talking smack. He had a lot of energy.”
At one point the offense’s desperation began to boil when receiver DK Metcalf got into it briefly with defensive end Darrell Taylor, who was little more than a love tap after the two exchanged words, before they quickly parted ways. Have become.
“It’s about how we respond,” Smith said. “So I look forward to tomorrow’s practice.”
While the defense was particularly reeling on Monday, it’s fair to say that it has had the upper hand—if not always so well—in the first few days of camp.
Some fans may read this and think their worst fears about the team are being confirmed as it is in its first season since 2011 without Russell Wilson.
But with safety Quandre Diggs and Jamal Adams back on the field on Monday, the Seattle defense – a largely more proven group than a Wilson-less offense – can be expected to be just ahead.
And an accurate assessment of the offense will be impossible until it is determined who will be the quarterback – a question that remains unanswered and will likely be for some time.
All that is clear so far is that Smith stays ahead, consistently committing the No. 1 offense while Locke runs another unit.
In fact, Locke hasn’t had a picture with the first team offense in the team drill since the first day when he got a pair.
This may seem like a surprise, as the competition has been widely portrayed. But coach Pete Carroll hasn’t even specified how the reps will be divided making it difficult to read much about how the QB has been used.
Locke said he hasn’t bothered to work with the other team almost entirely until now.
“I mean, of course, every quarterback wants a rep,” Locke said. “I think this process will heal on its own. I will do my best to be with those two people, lead those people, let them feel me every day, realize that it’s not only my But it’s also the most important rep for him and that will help this team to be able to punch such a good one-two with guys and two.”
Carroll has consistently stated that Smith is ahead with his superior command of the offense, having been with the Seahawks for four years and in his second year with offensive coordinator Shane Waldron.
Locke, one of eight players acquired for Wilson, said Monday that he feels like this is where he wants to be in his knowledge of the system, saying, “Being able to have a set playbook is a lot. Well, keep studying this little summer break. And I was ready to roll when the first day arrived. You know, I didn’t have any questions. I was ready to go.”
Locke said he feels an improvement in his footwork from the spring as well, adding that Seattle’s offense tells him to work a little differently with his feet than in Denver.
“A lot of it (his work over the summer) was trying to time the footwork in these different pass plays,” he said.
As for Smith, he was also confident in what he had done in the camp so far.
Smith said, ‘To be honest, I love it when I’m there. “I feel like I have complete control over what I see. … I feel like I read and get the ball out on time, being quick, being decisive, all the things you want to do Well, it feels like I’m doing them. And, obviously, there are times where you wish you could have a play here, back there. But you know, that’s the reason for the practice.”
The reality appeared on Monday that it’s a good thing there’s plenty of practice left—and still plenty of time to settle the quarterback competition—before Wilson and Denver come to town to open the season on Sept. 12.
- Jacob Eason continued to work with the third team offense and was one of the better passes of the day, completing an out route to rookie Dereke Young. Young, a seventh-round pick out from Lenoir-Rhin, continues to impress.
- Rookie cornerback Kobe Bryant continues to work with the other team’s defense in the left corner and continues to make plays on Monday, closing quickly to clear away a locked pass to Bo Melton.
- Second-year receiver D’Escridge, who hasn’t practiced since Wednesday due to a tightness in his hamstrings, put on a helmet on Monday and appeared ready to get some work done. But he eventually did not do any on-field practice.
- The Seahawks activated rookie edge rusher Tyreke Smith, a fifth-round pick from Minnesota who was physically unable to perform on the list and received few team reps in practice.
- Jake Curhan worked with a first-team offense in a right tackle on Monday after Stone Forsyth started on Saturday. So far, Curhan and Forsythe have gotten almost all the snaps starting with, with rookie Abraham Lucas working almost exclusively with the other team.
- The Seahawks filled out their roster, signing Antonio Valentino, an unfinished rookie free agent based out of Florida.