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The Seattle Seahawks have their ground for Week 1, and it’s Geno Smith.
For the first time since 2011, someone not named Russell Wilson will be the Seahawks’ No. 1 quarterback as Seattle traded him for the Denver Broncos offseason.
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“He deserved it. He won the job,” Pete Carroll told reporters via ESPN on Friday.
Smith supported Wilson and played in four games due to injuries to the nine-time Pro Bowler, performing well. In his four games, he completed 65 of his 95 passes (68.4 percent) for 702 yards and five touchdowns, throwing only one interception. He also had nine carries for 42 yards and a touchdown, playing to a 103.0 rating.
Smith, who has been in the league since 2013, was always the favorite to win the gig over Drew Lock, who acquired the Seahawks, along with Noah Fant and three first-round picks, in the Wilson trade.
“We really have [Smith] against the competition, and Drew has been shooting at him all the time…” said Carroll. “But Geno, he knows our stuff and he does it really well and he understands and he can manage everything we do and he’s good about football. He immediately gives us the best chance to play great football.”
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Lock also lost the QB competition to the Broncos last year as Teddy Bridgewater won the QB1 spot.
Smith was a second-round pick of the New York Jets from West Virginia nearly a decade ago, never living up to his draft stock. After a teammate broke his jaw with a blow in 2015, he was replaced by Ryan Fitzpatrick, who led Gang Green to a 10-6 record but narrowly missed a playoff appearance that season.
Smith spent a season as Eli Manning’s backup with the New York Giants (before inexplicably starting one game and ending Manning’s Iron Man streak), and spent the 2018 season with the Los Angeles Chargers.
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Smith is 13-21 as a starter. In 45 career games, he has a 58.8 completion percentage, 34 touchdowns and 34 interceptions.