Seahawks made the right call on their backup quarterback

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The Seahawks cut their roster to 53 men Saturday. One of those cuts could have a tremendous impact on this season, that being the backup quarterback.

Seattle made their final roster cut Saturday. While most of these were no surprise, there were a few real eye-poppers. In those cases, the Seahawks made some big wagers on the players they kept. One choice in particular truly stands out to me. That was to keep Austin Davis in place of Trevone Boykin.

The new Seahawks backup quarterback is a very different player than the man he beat out for the job. Boykin shared many characteristics with Russell Wilson. Both , Many people immediately assume he and Russell Wilson are very different as well. And they are, except in one respect. Davis won’t lose many games for the Seahawks, same as Wilson. Boykin can do things that Davis can’t. 

Like Wilson, Boykin can run. He moves well on designed rollouts and runs well on quarterback keepers. He can scramble to buy time to find a receiver, too. Davis can run, but Boykin is certainly both quicker and faster.

OAKLAND, CA – AUGUST 31: Trevone Boykin #2 of the Seattle Seahawks throws a pass against the Oakland Raiders during the second quarter of their game at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on August 31, 2017 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Boykin simply tried to do too much

Boykin’s problem is that when he finds that receiver after a nice scramble, too often the guy making the catch is wearing the other team’s colors. As noted previously, Boykin played brilliantly against the Los Angeles Chargers. He did throw an interception due to a very poor decision in that game, though. He played alright against the Minnesota Vikings, although he threw no touchdowns and was sacked twice. At least he didn’t turn the ball over. Against Kansas City – the less said, the better. Finally, he completed some passes versus the Oakland Raiders. Sadly, two of those completions were to guys in silver and black. You’re not going to win many games throwing twice as many interceptions as touchdowns, and that’s precisely what Boykin did this preseason.

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