Seattle Seahawks’ Geno Smith opens season with great TD pass


Seattle Seahawks’ new starting quarterback Geno Smith wasn’t necessarily front and center heading into his team’s regular-season opener against the Denver Broncos. Rather, that accolade went to former Seahawks star Russell Wilson.

Minutes after hearing Wilson booed by fans in the Pacific Northwest, Smith was on the field for the Seahawks’ opener. He responded by completing 4 of 4 passes for 71 yards, including a 38-yard opening touchdown strike to tight end Will Dissly.

How on earth did Smith avoid the pressure and find Dissly open on the court? It’s magician’s work there. Absolutely brilliant stuff from the veteran quarterback.

Geno Smith trusted by Seattle Seahawks brass

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Smith defeated Drew Lock for the starting position during the preseason. The former New York Jets second-round pick looked good in limited action. But given his journeyman status, it was kind of surprising to hear the Seattle brass throw a ton of praise in his direction.

“I expect him to be really solid. I expect him to lead the attack like he always has. I think he’s well experienced. He’s been there for a long time. He’ll be ready to do it, and he’s in command of it. And he’s seen a lot of stares throughout our time together at this camp. So he’s ready to go. I expect that he plays well.”

Pete Carroll on Geno Smith ahead of Week 1

A second-round pick of the New York Jets in 2013, Smith hasn’t seen a ton of action in recent seasons. In fact, he has started a total of five games since the end of the 2014 campaign.

At least on one drive, Smith looked like the quarterback we saw with West Virginia in college.


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