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Is Drew Lock a "smoother transition" option for Seahawks?

5/12/2022 7:08:53 PM
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Would former Denver Broncos quarterback Drew Lock represent a "smoother transition" for the Seattle Swahawks' posst-Russell Wilson transition than incumbent backup Geno Smith?  Steven Ruiz of The Ringer thinks so.

Physically talented and mostly disastrous as a passer in three years with the Broncos, Lock will compete with Smith for Seattle's Week 1 starting gig after the team dealt Russell Wilson to Denver this offseason. Ruiz argued Lock's athleticism would bring continuity to a Seahawks offense accustomed to Wilson's scrambling and ad hoc playmaking. "In terms of overall talent, there isn’t a whole lot separating Smith and Lock," Ruiz said. "Stylistically, though, they aren’t similar at all. So the outcome of this battle will likely come down to which method Carroll and Co. prefer: Smith’s steadier decision-making, or Lock’s more cavalier approach. ... Opting for Smith would be a bigger departure from the Wilson-centric offense, while going with Lock would be a smoother transition given his ability to create outside of the system."

There are those who believe Lock has received poor coaching in the NFL and a lack of support from  former Broncos coach Vic Fangio since being selected in the second round in 2019 out of the University of Missouri.  This is a guy who led the nation in passing his junior year, has a cannon of an arm, and is still only 25 years old.  Smith is six years older.  Geno was passable as a starter in 2021 while Wilson was recovering from finger surgery, throwing four touchdowns and no interception in run-heavy attacks during his three starts.  That is the style of offense Pete Carroll wants to operate in 2022 so neither starter is likely to have much fantasy appeal.

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