The information got here roughly 90 minutes after coach Pete Carroll declared that whereas Geno Smith was nonetheless main Seattle’s quarterback competitors, Lock would begin Thursday in opposition to the Chicago Bears. As an alternative, Lock should isolate for no less than 5 days in accordance with CDC tips, which the NFL is now following after placing its COVID protocols on pause.
Lock is vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19, in response to ESPN’s Jeff Legwold.
Chatting with reporters after follow — earlier than the announcement of Lock’s constructive take a look at — Carroll additionally revealed the Seahawks are hoping to have rookie operating again Kenneth Walker III accessible for his or her season opener because the second-round picks offers with a hernia.
Lock’s constructive take a look at was a shocking twist to what was already a noteworthy growth within the battle to interchange Russell Wilson. For the primary time all offseason, Lock took all of Seattle’s first-team reps on Tuesday in preparation to begin Thursday. Lock, who had gotten solely a handful of follow reps with the No. 1 offense till Tuesday, threw an interception throughout an 11-on-11 interval and regarded shaky in his most prolonged motion with the starters.
Carroll mentioned Tuesday that the plan all alongside has been to begin Lock within the second preseason recreation. Smith began their mock recreation at Lumen Area and their preseason opener at Pittsburgh final weekend.
“That is a part of the plan,” Carroll mentioned. “No matter what occurred, we had been going to offer Drew an opportunity to begin a recreation and simply see what occurs. Luckily, he is performed rather well and he deserves a shot to play identical to all people deserves a shot to play and present what he can do.”
Carroll added of Lock: “He is been proper on level. He is completed every part that he must do so far to place himself to be a beginning soccer participant. So we’ll see the way it goes.”
Lock, acquired from the Denver Broncos within the Wilson commerce, missed one game last season following a constructive COVID-19 take a look at and one other in 2020 after he was deemed an in depth contact.
Lock outplayed Smith within the Seahawks’ mock recreation and was having a powerful night time in Pittsburgh earlier than shedding a late fumble in Seattle’s 32-25 loss. He completed 11-of-15 for 102 yards and a pair of landing passes whereas enjoying your complete second half in opposition to Steelers backups.
“Drew got here proper out, took us proper down the sector and did properly,” Carroll mentioned. “Popped the ball round and transformed some third downs. He did good things. That is what’s been taking place. … Happy with each guys up to now.”
Carroll confirmed on Tuesday that Lock was at fault for failing to account for the unblocked rusher who hit him from behind with a bit of over a minute left within the recreation, inflicting a fumble that Pittsburgh recovered. Carroll beforehand mentioned Smith has been main the competitors as a result of he was doing the higher job of dealing with pre-snap duties resembling altering performs and protections on the line of scrimmage.
“Yeah, he made a mistake,” Carroll mentioned. “He wanted to learn the man coming off the sting and he did not do it proper, so he acquired walloped. He’ll by no means miss that sizzling once more. That was an incredible lesson.”
Smith went 10-of-15 for 101 yards and a speeding landing, largely going through Pittsburgh backups. Carroll famous that he would have began 10 for 10 if not for a pair of drops and tight finish Noah Fant failing to get his second foot in bounds on a well-placed throw to the sideline.
“Geno’s nonetheless the No. 1 man,” Carroll mentioned. “He is holding onto the spot at this level. I actually like what Drew has proven us … Each our guys can play. That is what we do know. They each can play.”
Walker, who’s anticipated to fill a big function in Seattle’s backfield this season alongside Rashaad Penny, was not seen anyplace on the sector throughout Tuesday’s follow.
“Ken’s acquired a bit of hernia factor that he is engaged on and we have got to get by that,” Carroll mentioned. “So I do not know what to let you know but, but it surely’s one thing that we are able to attend to and all that. We have simply acquired to guarantee that he is OK by the opener is what we’re capturing for.”
Walker, the second operating again chosen in April’s draft and the forty first general decide, was having a wholesome and spectacular offseason so far. Final Thursday, Carroll praised Walker for a way well-rounded he has turn out to be as a operating again. Particularly, he mentioned Walker had “turned the web page” on his pass-protection struggles from school, including: “He may play all three downs and we might really feel comfy with it.”
Walker began in opposition to Pittsburgh, ending with 30 yards on six touches. Penny did not play in opposition to the Steelers on account of groin tightness however practiced Tuesday.