The Seattle Seahawks will start Geno Smith against the Steelers in their preseason game on Saturday, head coach Pete Carroll announced on Tuesday.
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In the latest depth chart that the Seahawks released, it was Smith who was the number one quarterback on the depth chart above Drew Lock and others. As such, it comes as no surprise that Smith will be the starter come Saturday in their first preseason contest.
Geno Smith was Russell Wilson’s backup last season. When Wilson went down with a finger injury, it was Smith who stepped up in his place and started three games. One of those games included a contest against the Steelers, where the Seahawks would lose 23-20. Smith went 23 of 32 for 209 yards and a touchdown and fumbled on the last drive of the loss in overtime on a T.J. Watt strip sack.
Both of these teams have quarterback battles in common with one another. The Steelers have still not named a starter, though it should be expected to be Mitch Trubisky. Trubisky has taken the majority of first teams reps throughout training camp, and thus the Steelers should trot him out on Saturday.
The uncertainty of each team’s quarterback battles adds plenty of intrigue to the game. Both teams have two new quarterbacks in the room with a veteran who has been there for multiple years. The Seahawks brought in Lock and Jacob Eason while the Steelers added Trubisky and Kenny Pickett with Mason Rudolph as the veteran.
Since there are only three preseason games now in the NFL, each game is crucial in deciding who the starting quarterback will be for both teams. For someone like Smith, it feels good to at least get the first crack at it. Smith will try to use the veteran knowledge that he possesses to lead Seattle’s offense on Saturday.