The Seahawks cannot ever afford to have Russell Wilson be injured. But 2018 an injured Wilson would be worse. The backup quarterback battle being unsettled is bad.
Russell Wilson of the Seahawks needs to never get hurt. Seattle simply doesn’t have a backup quarterback worthy of filling in for him. The two players hoping to fill the role as Wilson’s substitute are rookie Alex McGough and last year’s backup Austin Davis.
McGough got the majority of snaps at second-team on Thursday’s day one of Seattle’s 2018 training camp. Head coach Pete Carroll said this would be the case in spring practice. The Seahawks basically know what they would get from Davis. McGough is much more of an unknown clearly.
Thursday, McGough missed an open Cyril Grayson on a deep route but also showed speed on an escape from the pocket. This last bit is a big part of why Seattle likes McGough; He acts a little like Russell Wilson sometimes.
But McGough is nowhere near what Wilson was in development as a rookie. He was a good mid-level quarterback at Florida International. Wilson in college played at North Carolina State and Wisconsin and faced much better competition. Even with college statistics, there is no real comparison between the two quarterbacks.
McGough is a project and a few years away from being an even serviceable NFL quarterback.
Davis, meanwhile, is a career backup. He will never be a full-time starter in the NFL. That is, of course, barring an injury. Even then he may only be a temporary fit.
So the question remains should Wilson go down for some time with injury, would you rather have McGough or Davis? The real answer is neither. So Seattle should look to bring in another, more experienced quarterback, during training camp. If only at least for competition.