Seahawks backup quarterback battle between two very different players

SEATTLE, WA - AUGUST 25: Quarterback Trevone Boykin (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - AUGUST 25: Quarterback Trevone Boykin (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images) /
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SEATTLE, WA – AUGUST 25: Quarterback Trevone Boykin
SEATTLE, WA – AUGUST 25: Quarterback Trevone Boykin /

Seahawks current backup Trevone Boykin fits the team

Pros: Boykin fits the offensive scheme of the Seahawks. That is certainly one of the biggest reasons he was signed as an undrafted free agent in 2016. He was considered undersized for the NFL. He’s an excellent runner. He isn’t a typical pocket passer.

At Texas Christian University he lit it up as a four year starter. He threw 64 touchdown passes and only 20 interceptions in his final two seasons. Boykin had almost 7500 yards through the air in those last two years, with a 61.2 completion percentage.

Boykin’s extra edge is his running ability. In his junior and senior seasons, he amassed over 1,300 yards and 17 touchdowns. The Seahawks obviously like that.

Cons: As a Seahawk, Boykin has a whopping eighteen pass attempts. He threw a touchdown, he threw a pick. That’s exactly why I included his college stats, and why the Seahawks brought in Davis. There’s also that little matter of Boykin’s difficulty around drinking establishments.

In addition, Boykin didn’t exactly wow the coaching staff in his rookie preseason. In his first action he looked pretty darned good. Against the tough Kansas City Chiefs defense, Boykin was 16 for 26 for 188 yards and one touchdown. On the other hand, he was sacked twice and fumbled once. His passer rating, an excellent 96.3.

It was all downhill after that. Very far. In his best game after that he was just 7 of 15 for 72 yards. He was sacked twice again. And yes, that was his second best effort. His preseason totals: 37 completions for just over 400 yards with a 52 percent completion rate. One touchdown, one interception, one fumble, seven sacks. He did pick up 70 yards rushing with one touchdown, but it hardly makes up for the three bad performances through the air.

That’s a lot of cons.