The Seattle Seahawks open quarterback competition between Geno Smith and Drew Lock looks to be over before it barely even started.
The two have been battling it out in camp all summer with head coach Pete Carroll giving Smith the edge over Lock. However, following preseason game one at Pittsburgh, Lock looks to be the better of the two.
The two quarterbacks had very similar stats against the Steelers. Smith went 10/15 for 101 yards and a rushing touchdown while Lock went 11/15 for 102 yards and two passing touchdowns. Altogether, Seattle’s offense felt more complete with Lock at the helm as he had an easier time driving the ball down the field.
Maybe Carroll’s open favoring of Smith during the offseason is exactly what Lock needed to prove himself as QB1.
Drew Lock looks to be Seahawks QB1
The Seahawks offense scored on their first drive with Lock in at quarterback on a three-yard pass to rookie receiver Dareke Young. They would have scored a few plays earlier if tight end Colby Parkinson hadn’t dropped a beautiful pass in the endzone by Lock over the middle.
The offense scored again two drives later with a 17-yard pass to running back DeeJay Dallas, who made the very Marshawn Lynch-Esque leap for the touchdown.
While one half of a preseason game certainly doesn’t prove Drew Lock is Seattle’s answer at QB, his debut with the Seahawks boosted his case for QB1. Seattle knows what they are getting if they give the starting job to Geno Smith. However, with Lock, it’s a higher-risk, higher-reward situation.
Pete Carroll should mix up the QB situation heading into preseason game two against the Chicago Bears by letting Drew Lock start. Let him and the offense come into the game fresh and see what he can do.