The Seattle Seahawks claimed quarterback Jacob Eason off of waivers on Wednesday. What does this mean for Seattle going forward?
Jacob Eason should be well-known to 12s who also follow University of Washington sports as Eason was the quarterback for the Huskies for one season in 2019 after starting his collegiate career at Georgia. Eason has a cannon for an arm but because he bounced around a bit in college and hasn’t started yet in the NFL he is still pretty raw.
It is unclear how Eason fits in Seahawks offensive coordinator Shane Waldron’s system but I also have a feeling that Waldron is fixing his ideas of how an offense is run towards what Russell Wilson can do. Wilson is unlike Jared Goff and Goff was the quarterback Waldron had to work with in Los Angeles before Waldron came to Seattle this offseason and Goff left to lead the Detroit Lions to successive losses this year.
Seahawks claim Jacob Eason off of waivers
However, Goff is a big quarterback with a decent arm. In other words, Eason resembles Goff a lot more than Wilson and maybe what works best in Waldron’s offensive dream is a player like Eason and not Wilson. Just…maybe.
But let’s be clear, Eason might only be on the team until Wilson comes back because for the next two games at least Geno Smith is going to quarterback the Seahawks. Smith wasn’t horrible in starting for Seattle in week 6 until he lost a fumble in overtime. Seattle didn’t trust Smith to do much downfield and they surely wouldn’t trust any other quarterback other than Wilson.
Eason might be Smith’s backup, however. Jake Luton currently is but while he has started in the NFL in 2020 with the Jaguars he wasn’t good. Oddly enough, Eason and Luton were friends in childhood and both grew up in the Seattle area and played on the same flag football team and also faced each other in college when Eason was at Washington and Luton at Oregon State.