RENTON, Wash. — Drew Lock discovered an essential lesson final offseason whereas battling Teddy Bridgewater to be the Denver Broncos’ beginning quarterback. He fixated on who received every observe, and as he realized after shedding the competitors, that mindset did him no good.
“I tried to compare the whole time: ‘Did Teddy beat me that day, or did I win that day?'” Lock stated throughout this previous week’s Seattle Seahawks minicamp. “And overall, if you start thinking like that, it’s just not good for your mental. It’s not good for your process of becoming a better quarterback. It’s not about who won that day. It’s about, ‘Did I get better today to make the guys around me better?'”
Lock has been specializing in himself, not Geno Smith, as the 2 compete to interchange Russell Wilson in Seattle’s first quarterback competitors in a decade. And whereas Lock won’t be maintaining rating, Smith was nonetheless in the pole place because the Seahawks wrapped up their offseason program earlier this week.
That was evident as Smith persistently took reps with the primary group and as coach Pete Carroll assessed the competitors on the finish of minicamp.
“They’ve been really impressive,” Carroll stated of Smith and Lock. “And it’s not been any one sequence here or one day here. They have just been solid throughout. We’ve shared a ton of reps. Geno has gone with the first group throughout, but they’ve had very close to equal reps in situational opportunities throughout. … They’ve done a terrific job so far. They look in control.
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“Geno’s still ahead — you can tell that — but it’s not going to be too much for Drew to be caught up. By the time we get through camp, he’ll be there. He’s really bright. It makes sense to him. He’s really sharp in the huddle and at the line of scrimmage and all of that, so it’s just time that he needs …”
Carroll concluded by saying the Seahawks are in “great shape” at quarterback, wording he later repeated. That felt like Carroll’s method of making an attempt to quell persistent hypothesis that Seattle may add one other huge-title quarterback like Jimmy Garoppolo or Baker Mayfield.
Carroll has already stated he does not “at all” envision the Seahawks buying and selling for a veteran QB, so it could seemingly take the San Francisco 49ers or Cleveland Browns releasing their former starters for both to significantly be in play for Seattle. San Francisco virtually actually would not deal Garoppolo to a division rival, anyway.
Garoppolo and Mayfield have higher résumés than Lock or Smith. But each are coming off shoulder surgical procedures and, this late in the offseason, could be behind in studying a brand new offense and constructing chemistry with a brand new group of go-catchers.
As for his personal acclimation to offensive coordinator Shane Waldron’s playbook, Lock stated he was “a little overwhelmed” at first however rather more snug now. It’s helped that Waldron’s system is just like what Denver ran throughout Lock’s rookie season in 2019, when he performed the perfect soccer of his profession whereas main the Broncos to 4 wins in their ultimate 5 video games. Lock has been tormented by turnovers since, with 21 in 19 video games.
“I feel really, really, really good about this offense,” he stated. “I feel like I could go out and play a game tomorrow and succeed.”
The feeling amongst some contained in the Virginia Mason Athletic Center is Lock will overtake Smith to win the beginning job. But some imagine he might must win convincingly or Seattle’s coaches will favor the higher familiarity with Smith — who backed up Wilson the previous three seasons — over the larger upside with Lock and award something near a tie to the incumbent. Carroll has raved about the best way Smith performed in his third and ultimate fill-in begin final season, when he led Seattle to a blowout win after two slim losses.
Smith talked about that familiarity when requested how Seattle’s offense fits him.
“I think the up-tempo style, similar to what I played in college,” he stated. “Also, just my ability and Shane’s trust in me to get in and out of plays, to see coverages, understanding our offense and moving our guys around to be able to create mismatches. I think Shane believes in my ability and my knowledge as a quarterback and I think that is something that suits us well.”
There could also be no decision to Smith’s pending authorized case earlier than the season begins. He was arrested in January on suspicion of DUI, however the King County Prosecutor’s Office remains to be awaiting blood-check outcomes, which take about 10 months to course of. Smith stated lately he does not foresee “any problem” ensuing from the arrest.
Jacob Eason is the one different quarterback on the Seahawks’ 90-man roster after they waived undrafted rookie Levi Lewis, although Eason is a developmental prospect who is not anticipated to issue into the Smith-Lock competitors.
“We’re in good shape at the position and we just have to see what happens,” Carroll stated. “The [preseason] games are going to be important, and everything will be important.”
Carroll declined to say whether or not he plans to alternate Lock and Smith with the primary-group offense as soon as coaching camp begins in late July.
“It’s going to be a real battle,” he stated. “It’s going to be really an exciting time for our team, for those guys in particular, and for our people watching. I’m pumped about it. I really am.”