The Seahawks officially announced the re-signing of back up quarterback Geno Smith Wednesday afternoon. The move puts pen to paper and brings Russell Wilson’s 2019 back up.
Tight end Justin Johnson was waived to make room on the 90 man roster. Smith beat out Paxton Lynch for the backup quarterback position in 2019 and will get stiff competition again this year from undrafted rookie free agent Anthony Gordon.
Because of Wilson’s durability and ability to avoid tacklers, Smith saw no game time during the 2019 season. The Seahawks are looking for that trend to continue in 2020.
GOOD PRESEASON WINS THE JOB
In three preseason games last year, Smith completed 52.9 percent of his pass attempts, throwing for 282 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions, giving him a 100.4 passer rating. Smith’s best performance came in Seattle’s preseason finale in which he completed four of seven attempts for 107 yards and two touchdowns.
SUCCESS AFTER PATIENTLY WAITING
After serving as Gardner Minshaw’s back up at WSU in 2018, Gordon lit it up last year as a starter. A former JC transfer from City College in of San Francisco Gordon threw for 48 touchdowns last year . Heisman Trophy winner and 2019 first overall pick Joe Burrows threw for more touchdowns.