Seahawks: 3 quarterbacks who could backup Russell Wilson in 2020
By Lee Vowell
The Seahawks still have just one quarterback on the roster, Russell Wilson. Wilson is great but he needs a backup. Who might that be in 2020?
The Seahawks seem to look for a backup to Russell Wilson every season. Seattle has been fortunate that Wilson stays so healthy and hasn’t missed any time at all. But eventually, every player misses a game. If that were to happen with Wilson, who would the Seahawks bring in to replace him in 2020?
Here are three quick ideas.
Kessler has starting experience in the NFL, though a limited amount. He also played his college football at USC, Pete Carroll’s place of work before he came to the Seahawks. Kessler never played for Carroll, but the connection remains.
Kessler has shown decent accuracy, even if he takes far too many sacks than he needs to. Think of him more like an Austin Davis-type than a Geno Smith player. But Kessler as the backup would be solid, if not spectacular, signing.
Bringing Geno Smith back seems like a logical move. Of course, he didn’t have to anything in 2019, but that isn’t a bad thing. The Seahawks backup not playing means Wilson is. Smith throws a good deep ball and can mimic to some degree what Wilson does.
And really that is what Seattle’s decision really comes down to. They need a quarterback who can come in and not have to worry about Brian Schottenheimer changing the offensive calls too much.
Steven Montez in the 2020 draft
Steven Montez is a bigger quarterback but has also shown the ability to run when needed. He has a good arm with a quick release. Montez also started a ton of games in college, 45 in four seasons.
The drawback for Montez is that even with all that game experience he wasn’t well-coached in college and needs to work on working through his progressions and not forcing throws. Schottenheimer is a good quarterbacks coach, though, and should be able to help Montez grow. The Seahawks might need to take Montez in the fourth round, but he would be a good player to develop.