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Pre-Snap Reads 5/30: Geno Smith has a chip on his shoulder


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Since Pete Carroll replaced the misguided Jim Mora as head coach of our Seattle Seahawks the mantra has been, and remains, “always compete.” The attitude and focus the phase elicits is a central component of the success the ‘Hawks have generated over the last 14 years. Very few Seahawks exemplify the “always compete” mantra more than Mr. Geno Smith. In his 2nd season as QB1 for the ‘Hawks (and really, his first as the expected starter), King Gene seems to be taking control of the team in the most proper of ways. An elevated sense of focus is obvious. In today’s links, we highlight an article focused on Geno’s feelings about the team, its famous mantra, and some of his feelings on the newest addition to the WR room. Dive in! Check it out!

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Seahawks News

Seahawks schedule: Defensive Coordinators - Seaside Joe
An intro to "Bear fronts" and what defenses Seattle can expect in 2023: Seaside Joe 1549

Seahawks QB Geno Smith says he looks at everyone as competition - Seahawks Wire
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith may have gotten quite the contract extension this offseason, but the West Virginia standout isn't letting new money get in the way of his motivation. Smith has routinely talked about keeping the “chip on his shoulder” all offseason, and has shared workout videos online. Smith is taking head coach Pete Carrol's message of “always compete” to heart, and fans are sure to enjoy hearing their starting quarterback has not lost his hunger amidst newfound fame. Smith discussed this mantra at length, specifically how he sees competition among his own position.

Devon Witherspoon still limited but staying late after practice - Seahawks Wire
While Witherspoon might be limited on the field, he is putting more than his fair share of time in at the facility.

Seattle Seahawks' 7th-rounder Kenny McIntosh could have big role - Seattle Sports
Seattle Sports' Brock Huard breaks down what Seattle Seahawks seventh-round pick Kenny McIntosh offers that their other running backs don't.

Seattle Seahawks Jaxon Smith-Njigba: Geno Reveals Rookie Scouting Report - Sports Illustrated Seattle Seahawks News, Analysis and More
Seattle Seahawks receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba is adjusting to life as a Seahawk and is already turning heads in Shane Waldron's offense.

NFC West News

49ers QB Brock Purdy Sheds Light on his Mindset/Emotional State With his Injury - Sports Illustrated San Francisco 49ers News, Analysis and More
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy recently discussed his mental state following his elbow surgery.

Arizona Cardinals QB Kyler Murray Named One of NFL's Most Overrated Players - Sports Illustrated Arizona Cardinals News, Analysis and More
Bleacher Report didn't hold back on Arizona Cardinals QB Kyler Murray.

Cardinals reportedly were unhappy that DeAndre Hopkins sat out last two weeks of 2023 - Pro Football Talk
As the Cardinals hand high-end receiver DeAndre Hopkins to any other team without compensation, some fans might not understand why the Cardinals would do that. Thus, it’s helpful to have a reason for terminating the contract — even if the reason is only surfacing for the first time now. Kyle Odegard, who previously worked for [more]

ROTB Pre- Mini Camp 53 Man Roster Prediction: CBs, Ss, DTs - Revenge of the Birds

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Rams position battle: Will Joe Noteboom win left tackle job? - Turf Show Times
Joe Noteboom vs. Alaric Jackson…

Los Angeles Rams Could Be in For Rough Beginning to 2023 Season - Sports Illustrated LA Rams News, Analysis and More
The Los Angeles Rams will be tested out of the gate during the 2023 season.

Around The NFL

Why didn't Jimmy Garoppolo have foot surgery during the 2022 season? - ProFootballTalk
After then-49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo suffered a foot injury in December 2022, Adam Schefter of reported that Garoppolo did not need foot surgery, and that he could return to action in seven or eight weeks.

The tricky business of building winning rosters around franchise QBs - ESPN
Front offices walk a fine line by managing market-setting QB deals while trying to retain Super Bowl-caliber rosters.

Move the Sticks: Top 10 RB draft + lessons learned from the Heat-Celtics series -
Daniel Jeremiah and Bucky Brooks are back with a new episode of Move the Sticks.

Cowboys’ trades for Brandin Cooks, Stephon Gilmore have already ‘made an impact’ - The Athletic
The additions of Cooks and Gilmore fortify two positions, but the two also bring a positive presence to the locker room.

Ranking NFL divisions from 1-8 after big 2023 free agency moves, draft: Will NFC East be even better? -
The NFC East was the best division in football last season -- and it could be set for a repeat