NFL training camp is an exciting time for every team. Each has a blank slate and optimism that it will contend for a Super Bowl this season, but preseason hype often doesn't come close to matching the regular-season results.
That won’t change in 2022. There have been plenty of reports from training camps regarding player performances and other revelations, but some of this buzz won’t translate to what we see on the field next month.
With that in mind, let’s try to separate the fact from fiction regarding some of the most notable training camp storylines.
Seattle Seahawks QB Struggles Are a Sign of Things to Come
The Seattle Seahawks traded away superstar quarterback Russell Wilson early in the offseason. That has them looking for a new starting signal-caller for the first time in a decade, which doesn’t seem to be going well so far.
The Seahawks didn't draft a rookie or bring in any veterans in free agency. Instead, they're letting incumbent backup Geno Smith compete with Drew Lock, whom the Denver Broncos included in the Wilson trade.
According to ESPN's Brady Henderson, both Lock and Smith struggled during in back-to-back practices this week. Lock worked with the second-string offense and couldn’t get on the same page with top wideout DK Metcalf, while Smith was responsible for an unsightly interception on Tuesday. Seattle’s defense got the better of the team’s offense in each of those practices largely due to the poor quarterback play.
Smith has a lifetime record of 13-21 and has more interceptions (37) than passing touchdowns (34) during his eight seasons in the league. The 31-year-old isn't likely to emerge as a competent starter at this point in his career.
The 25-year-old Lock may have more upside, but he went 8-13 as a starter in Denver while throwing for only 4,740 yards and 25 touchdowns against 20 interceptions. If he can’t beat out Smith for the Seahawks' starting job, that won't bode well for his NFL future.
With Jimmy Garoppolo the only viable option on the trade block and no quality quarterbacks left in free agency, the Seahawks appear ready to accept their fate and buckle up for a trying 2022 campaign. It should result in a high 2023 draft pick, which they could spend on their next franchise quarterback.
Fact: Geno Smith and Drew Lock will both struggle this season.