Drew Lock “disappointed” at losing the starting quarterback job again

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Pete Carroll announced his decision as quarterback to the entire team in the locker room after Friday night’s final preseason game. He didn’t have to tell anyone.

It was clear to everyone that Geno Smith would start week 1.

Drew Lock didn’t do enough to win the job from Smith, who became the favorite to start when he re-signed with the Seahawks on April 19. Lock threw three interceptions and one touchdown in his 56 snaps against the Cowboys.

“He can play,” said Carroll. “I have no doubt he can play. I really don’t. He’s got all the athleticism. He’s got the arm strength. He’s got arm talent. He’s got a creativity about him. All that. so it’s just a matter of he just didn’t have enough time to beat a guy who knew exactly what he was doing and who just stuck with it and really just won because of his consistency and really his performance.”

It is the second consecutive summer that Lock has lost the runway. Teddy Bridgewater beat him at a training camp in Denver a year ago, and the Broncos traded him to the Seahawks after taking on Russell Wilson.

“As a competitor, you’re always disappointed, and I was disappointed,” Lock said. “You want to be there. You want to play with those guys. You want to be able to step on the field and show that you can do it. Yes, you are disappointed, but now my job is to support him and be the best teammate I can be. I have to come out every day and find ways to make this team better and make myself better. I have to strive every day to get better. I know I won’t do the reps, but there are many ways you can get better.

“I learned a lot last year about what to do in this situation and how to be ready for every chance I get. I just have to get better every day.”

Smith took the most reps of the first team during the offseason schedule, training camp and started all three preseason games. Lock was scheduled to start the second preseason game but tested positive for COVID-19 two days before the game.

Lock said his second battle with COVID “kicked my ass a little bit,” but he declined to use that as an excuse for how he played Friday night or for losing the quarterback battle.

“The easy answer is that every time you miss a game, you go backwards, whether it’s preseason or regular season,” Lock said. “The Raiders were obviously very disappointed that I couldn’t play in that game, but I came out of training much better this week and got a chance.”

In two preseason games, Lock went 24-of-39 for 273 yards with three touchdowns and three interceptions. He also lost a fumble.

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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