The Seattle Seahawks may have made their first roster move to get down to 53, choosing Geno Smith to be the backup quarterback to Russell Wilson instead of Paxton Lynch. Smith left Thursday night’s preseason game against the Oakland Raiders with an injury but it was not deemed serious and as expected, he’ll be the number two quarterback.
Lynch has been waived per Bob Condotta and the Seattle Times.
A source tells the Seattle Times is that Paxton Lynch has been waived. So Geno Smith the backup QB. No surprise there. Seahawks may try to keep Lynch on the practice squad.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) August 30, 2019
Smith will be a backup for the fifth straight season after previously sitting behind Ryan Fitzpatrick in New York, Eli Manning in New York (other team, also: not New York technically), and Philip Rivers in Los Angeles. He’s now finally in a city with only one team.
The Seahawks added Lynch in January but the former first round pick — who the Denver Broncos acquired in a trade up with Seattle three years ago — has yet to prove worthy of being on an NFL roster. He was released by the Broncos last year after he was replaced as the QB3 with Kevin Hogan.
The Cincinnati Bengals come to town to face the Seahawks next Sunday and the team hopes to see Smith on the field for as many snaps as they’re going to see Lynch.