Seattle Seahawks' Pete Carroll says Russell Wilson 'in good spirits,' helping Geno Smith prepare for starting role

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ESPN 11 October, 2021 - 09:31pm

Seahawks Officially Activate TE Gerald Everett From Reserve/COVID-19 List

SeahawkMaven 11 October, 2021 - 05:14pm

Everett landed on the list after having a positive test on October 29 and wasn't able to suit up against the 49ers or Rams over the past week without consecutive days of negative tests. Unfortunately, the results from his second PCR test that was sent to Burbank, California didn't come back until after Thursday's loss to the Rams.

“Gerald’s cleared. He was cleared yesterday," Carroll said on Friday. "He made it, like we thought. That was really unfortunate because we really had that one in hand. We knew exactly what was going on and exactly how it was trending. His test results came back in the middle of the night, last night after they arrived down south. He was cleared. He’ll practice on Monday."

Moving forward, Carroll expects the NFL to make changes to protocols preventing game day testing results from allowing a player to be cleared. Teams closer to their PCR testing locations currently have an unfair advantage compared to teams like the Seahawks who have to wait up to 12-16 hours to get results back from California.

Instead, Carroll anticipates the league will only allow test results from the day before to clear a player to return to help level the playing field for all 32 teams.

"This, what just happened, I think is going to change a bit of the ruling on game day because it was so evident that had we have been in Southern California, he [Everett] would have gone to the facility and tested and would’ve been ready," Carroll stated. "So, I think what might happen, and I’m guessing, is that game day testing results will not allow a guy to play."

With Everett's return, the Seahawks should be back at full strength at tight end with Will Dissly, Colby Parkinson, and Tyler Mabry also currently on the 53-man roster. Through three games, the former South Alabama standout has caught eight passes for 77 yards and a touchdown.

No other moves were listed for Seattle on the NFL's daily transaction wire, but with quarterback Russell Wilson expected to miss 4-8 weeks of action after undergoing surgery to repair a ruptured tendon in his right middle finger, he could be heading to injured reserve at some point this week to open up a roster spot. Practice squad quarterback Jake Luton is expected to be elevated to serve as a backup for Geno Smith.

Rookie cornerback Tre Brown, who was designated to return to practice last week from injured reserve, may be ready to activate as well to provide reinforcements in the secondary.

Why Geno Smith can lead the Seahawks until Russell Wilson returns

710 ESPN Seattle 11 October, 2021 - 04:54pm

The Seahawks will be without star quarterback Russell Wilson for a few weeks due to a finger injury, and for the first time since signing with Seattle, backup quarterback Geno Smith will be leading the offense.

Smith was a starter when he started his career with the New York Jets, but since starting 13 games in 2014, Smith has started just two since. In relief of Wilson during Seattle’s loss to the Los Angeles Rams last week, Smith played well, leading two scoring drives and giving the Seahawks a chance to win it late.

Now, he’s expected to be the Seahawks’ signal caller for at least the team’s next three games until Wilson returns to action, and he’ll be leading a 2-3 team that really can’t afford to lose more ground in the playoff standings.

Is Smith up for the task?

Someone who knows Smith well is former NFL quarterback Jake Heaps, who was Smith’s teammate with the New York Jets back in 2015. During Monday’s edition of Jake and Stacy on 710 ESPN Seattle, Heaps shared why he thinks Smith can successfully lead the team until Wilson is healthy.

“I know him better than most people in this town. I was with him my rookie year in New York and got to be up close and personal in how he was in meetings, how he threw the ball on the field,” Heaps said of Smith. “This guy is extremely talented.”

What’s maybe more important than Smith’s skillset, Heaps said, is how mature he’s gotten since his time with the Jets.

‘He has matured a great deal since that time in the process of going through what he did and the bumpy road with his time as the starter with the New York Jets to then becoming the backup and being behind Eli Manning, Phillip Rivers, Russell Wilson — three ultimate pros and future Hall of Famers,” Heaps said. “I believe he does learn from that experience. The last time I got to hang out with Geno and talk about all that, he said he really took that opportunity to really soak up the information and all the learning he was able to do, hoping that one day he was going to be given that chance.”

Smith made the most of his chances against the Rams, Heaps said, and now he just needs to be “serviceable” until Wilson returns to the field.

“All Geno Smith has to do is take care of the football and make good, smart decisions with the football. That is his job,” Heaps said. “The Seahawks are not asking Geno to go win them football games. He doesn’t have that same pressure on his shoulders as Russell Wilson would have. So just go be you and be yourself and distribute the football and not force things in the middle of the field.”

Heaps said that Smith forcing footballs into tight windows would be a red flag for him, but that even if Smith turns the ball over, he thinks he can rebound and help the team.

“Can he grow and truly learn from some of those mistakes early on? I believe he will, and that’s why I think Geno Smith is going to do just fine over the next three weeks,” Heaps said.

Listen to the discussion at this link or in the player below.

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Seahawks activate Gerald Everett from COVID list

Field Gulls 11 October, 2021 - 03:44pm

How long Wilson will be unavailable remains unknown, though reports have him targeting a Week 10 return, where he would face off against Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. Meanwhile his replacement, Geno Smith, will get back one of the weapons the team added in the offseason according to a report on the NFL transactions that crossed the wire Monday from Tom Pelissero.

From the transaction wire:#49ers cut DB Buster Skrine#Colts cut DT Antwaun Woods#Eagles cut WR Travis Fulgham off practice squad#Bengals G Jackson Carman and RB Samaje Perine both tested positive for COVID-19#Seahawks activated TE Gerald Everett from Reserve/COVID-19

So, after missing a pair of games due to COVID, Gerald Everett should be available to play against the Pittsburgh Steeler in Week 6, and could act as a safety blanket for Smith in his first start since 2017 and just his third start since the end of the 2014 season.

Seahawks activate Gerald Everett from COVID list

The Seattle Times 11 October, 2021 - 03:44pm

How long Wilson will be unavailable remains unknown, though reports have him targeting a Week 10 return, where he would face off against Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. Meanwhile his replacement, Geno Smith, will get back one of the weapons the team added in the offseason according to a report on the NFL transactions that crossed the wire Monday from Tom Pelissero.

From the transaction wire:#49ers cut DB Buster Skrine#Colts cut DT Antwaun Woods#Eagles cut WR Travis Fulgham off practice squad#Bengals G Jackson Carman and RB Samaje Perine both tested positive for COVID-19#Seahawks activated TE Gerald Everett from Reserve/COVID-19

So, after missing a pair of games due to COVID, Gerald Everett should be available to play against the Pittsburgh Steeler in Week 6, and could act as a safety blanket for Smith in his first start since 2017 and just his third start since the end of the 2014 season.

Cam Newton a popular name for Seahawks with Russell Wilson sidelined

Yahoo Sports 11 October, 2021 - 11:35am

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The good news is there are a couple of intriguing names still out there on the free agent market. Cam Newton is the most qualified candidate and he’s been a very popular name among folks who think Seattle should sign a QB. Here’s what some folks are saying on Twitter about the idea.

Mods are asleep, Seahawks sign Cam Newton.

— Nick (@seahawksnerd75) October 9, 2021

I really want the #Seahawks to sign Cam Newton. Let Geno start next week. He knows the system. Allow Cam to learn and use him the following.

— Samuel Gold (@SamuelRGold) October 10, 2021

#Seahawks SHOULD think about giving Cam Newton a call

— Seattle Sports Diaries Podcast (@SEASportDiaries) October 8, 2021

— Stove (@BangBow_3) October 9, 2021

@Mitch_Seattle how soon till the Seahawks make a run at Cam Newton?

— fritz araya (@fritzaraya) October 9, 2021

The @Seahawks should give @CameronNewton a buzz

— DiBen (@MikeDiBen) October 9, 2021

@Seahawks sign my guy @CameronNewton! We need some help.

— Kenny (@kkwiek10) October 10, 2021

— ralphie beam (@RalphieBeam) October 8, 2021

@Seahawks y’all know @CameronNewton is still available give him 6 weeks to prove himself , everybody deserves a chance !!

— MarQuis Carter (@keezykeezy2x) October 10, 2021

Seahawks might as well sign Cam Newton

— What Are You Afraid Of? Out Now! (@matrandol) October 10, 2021

if Cam Newton is actually locked in, the Seahawks should give him a call.

— c 🪐 (@InIt4TheKicks) October 9, 2021

Cam Newton to the Seahawks makes allot of sense to me. High rushing floor and he will be more exciting than Geno. If the Hawks want to compete when Russ gets back, it’s the right move 🤷🏽‍♂️ Thoughts? @PFF_AustinGayle @PFF_Mike @PFF_Sam @PFF_Steve

— William Calhoun (@wi11iamcalhoun) October 11, 2021

Cam Newton should’ve been picked up by the Seahawks as soon as that game ended

— Jakobi Meyers MVP (@colinmaher24) October 10, 2021

The thought of Cam Newton to the @Seahawks?

— Luke Lyddon (@Luke_Lyddon) October 9, 2021

I could honestly see it rn . Cam coming in throwing deep to DK and locket and running the ball on QB options with Carson next to him ….. Sign Cam Newton . #Seahawks

— Nw.ST.ENT (@NWSportsTalkENT) October 9, 2021

Critics will point to Newton’s health issues in recent years. He’s undergone surgery on his shoulder more than once and also had a foot issue that kept him out most of the 2019 season.

These are fair points to make. However, when he’s healthy there’s only a handful of more athletic quarterbacks on the planet and he looked damn-good the most-recent time we saw him when he faced the Seahawks Week 2 of last year, posting 397 passing yards and three total touchdowns.

Unless Pete Carroll is willing to roll the dice on Colin Kaepernick, he’s not going to find a more physically dynamic QB this year.

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