What do the Seahawks look like at QB heading into 2020?
The Seattle Seahawks can be confident in their starting quarterback with the success and durability that Russell Wilson has brought the team over the years.
Wilson played the entirety of the season last year, but injuries are unpredictable, and the backup quarterback position is one the Seahawks have had to take a critical look into this offseason.
The team has a couple of options behind Wilson, re-signing Geno Smith and bringing on undrafted free agent quarterback Anthony Gordon out of Washington State after the 2020 NFL Draft.
Here's a look into the quarterbacks the Seahawks currently have on roster heading into the 2020 season:
Wilson is one of the NFL's most difficult quarterbacks for opposing defenses to keep at bay in recent history, and 2019 helped to further prove that.
The signal-caller finished out the 2019 season with a completion percentage of 66%, passing for 4,110 yards, 31 touchdowns and just five interceptions.
Pro Football Focus named him the network's second-highest graded starting quarterback, and he ranked fifth in adjusted completion percentage and had the fourth-best quarterback rating under pressure.
Wilson has come up big for the Seahawks in crucial situations many times since they drafted him in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft, and he seems to only get stronger as time goes on.
The Seahawks re-signed Smith, who spent last season as Wilson's backup, late last month.
Seattle originally signed the 29-year-old in 2019, and he beat out former Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch for the job. Smith has still yet to appear in a regular-season contest for the team, but has made some preseason appearances.
Over three preseason games, Smith completed 52.9 percent of his pass attempts for 282 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions, finishing with a 100.4 passer rating.
Smith has reached his ceiling by this point, heading into the eighth year of his career now on his fourth team, and should be expected to be no more than a serviceable backup for the remainder of his career.
Gordon entered the draft as one of the biggest sleepers at quarterback, and it was somewhat surprising that no team took him off the board.
Gordon’s pocket presence and field vision are impressive, and his arm strength is above-average. He has a feel for pressure, and gets the ball out at the right moment.
Mississippi State coach Mike Leach, who coached Gordon at Washington State, told me he thought Gordon’s 3/4 release that caught the attention of several analysts was quicker than “nearly anyone in the entire league.”
Just as much as the things a coach looks for are there on the field, Gordon's intangibles couldn't be better. His confident attitude was infectious, and had an impact on current Jacksonvile Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew.
"His confidence in himself gave me a lot of confidence that he would do well after I left Washington State," Minshew said. "Guys like to rally around that.”
Wilson is the undisputed starter -- there is absolutely no question about that.
Smith has the upper hand in terms of experience and familiarity over Gordon, but the upside the former Cougar shows should not go unnoticed.
The competition for the No. 2 spot will come down to the rookie and veteran, and it will be interesting to see who ultimately takes it.