Though they had the opportunity to acquire more talent at the position, the starting quarterback competition for the Seattle Seahawks has remained a two-man race.
Meanwhile, pushing him to the limit is Drew Lock, who was traded by the Denver Broncos to Seattle to acquire Wilson.
Jacob Eason is the third play-caller on their depth chart but he continues to be a non-factor.
However, Smith might seal the starting role for good because his rival will be out.
#Seahawks QB Drew Lock has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss Thursday’s game vs. the Chicago Bears.
— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) August 17, 2022
Pro Football Focus writer Ari Meirov tweeted, “#Seahawks QB Drew Lock has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss Thursday’s game vs. the Chicago Bears.”
If that’s the case, Smith should deliver an impressive display to settle the depth chart for good.
It was too close to call between the two during the Seahawks’ first preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Smith had 10 completions out of 15 attempts for 101 yards.
Meanwhile, Lock had 11 completions for 102 yards and two touchdowns.
Smith will have a chance to even the score against Chicago.
Last Year’s Numbers Are Also Close
Last season, Smith played four games, starting three, for Seattle.
He finished with 65 completions for 702 yards and five touchdowns.
Meanwhile, Lock had 67 completions for 787 yards and two scores for the Broncos.
Therefore, the decision for their Week 1 starter might not be finalized by head coach Pete Carroll after the last preseason game.
Given that it’s too close to call, he would like to give both Smith and Lock equal opportunity to prove their worth.
From there, Carroll will make his call.