3 critical observations about Seahawks QB Geno Smith in 2023 training camp

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Seahawks QB Geno Smith looks to be taking more chances

Smith didn't really take any chances in the two drives he led the offense against the Dallas Cowboys in preseason Week 2. I doubt - OK, I hope - we see Smith play in preseason Week 3 against the Green Bay Packers. Green Bay appears to be playing quarterback Jordan Love against Seattle, but Love needs the reps much more than Geno Smith does. Smith was good in 2022. Love has rarely ever played.

By forcing a few more throws, Smith is going to be more aware of what his receivers are capable of early in the season. I don't mean guys like DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett. More like what rookies Jaxon Smith-Njigba and Jake Bobo can do. Because Smith isn't getting a lot of reps in preseason games, he appears to be using his training camp snaps as real game situations.

Smith might not have been a starter for many years prior to 2022, but he has been in the league for a decade. He knows how to prepare for a season, whether he is the presume starter or not. If some 12s are concerned that Smith is throwing more picks in training camp, we should probably know there is a reason he is throwing more. And no, it isn't because Smith isn't good.

Because Smith is throwing more interceptions in training camp, that should equate to fewer interceptions in the regular season. He only threw 11 in all of 2022, but 7 of those came from Week 12 on. Smith is an efficient quarterback, so his knowing the limits of his receivers extremely well is only going to help that efficiency.

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