Geno Smith to start for Seahawks in preseason opener despite injury
The Seattle Seahawks have announced that Geno Smith will start for them Thursday night, according to Seahawks Wire. Smith is dealing with a minor undisclosed injury, but it’s obviously not a big issue.
This is no surprise, as very few teams roll out their starting signal-caller in the first week of preseason. Russell Wilson will relax and take in the preseason action from the sideline.
Smith will probably play the entire first quarter and some into the second before he gives way to Paxton Lynch. Of the two, Lynch is the far more interesting one to watch. After being selected 26th overall by the Denver Broncos, the former Memphis Tiger promptly secured his bust status. He lost the opportunity to start in Denver to Trevor Siemian, who isn’t exactly Tom Brady. But Lynch continues to fight for an NFL backup job, this time with the veteran Geno Smith, who happens to be another bust.
The backup quarterback role isn’t one that’s utilized much in Seattle. Russell Wilson has never missed a regular season start in his seven-year career, and looks to continue that streak. Wilson led the Seahawks to be a surprise playoff team last year, and will try his hand at that again.
Seattle is in the middling NFC West, so a division crown is not an unrealistic goal. If the Seahawks do squeeze their way into January, they could be dangerous. Any team led by Russell Wilson and Pete Carroll is a team that no one wants to see in the playoffs.