Geno Smith or Paxton Lynch, who would win the battle to be Russell Wilson’s backup?
The answer: Neither.
For the second year in a row, the Seahawks will seemingly look elsewhere for the QB2 spot on the depth chart, as Seattle announced that Geno Smith has also failed to make the 53-man roster. News of Lynch’s release was known on Friday, giving everyone the assumption that Smith would get the backup spot. Unless there’s some salary cap fiddling at play here and Smith is brought back early next week, then this story has an unexpected ending.
Smith struggled in Week 1 of preseason against the Denver Broncos, then missed Week 2 against the Minnesota Vikings while recovering from a knee injury. He fared well in the final two preseason game, tossing a pair of touchdowns on Thursday against the Oakland Raiders to Terry Wright and Jacob Hollister, both of whom also got released.
Factoring in the Jadeveon Clowney trade getting processed, Seattle currently has a vacant roster spot that looks to be to fill that backup QB position.