Well this is interesting.
This week’s reader poll addressed the Seattle Seahawks’ back-up quarterback situation. There are no issues at starter as Russell Wilson now has five full seasons under his belt and is one of the best in the NFL. But while Wilson has been incredibly durable, he suffered two injuries last season that nearly brought back-up Trevone Boykin — who was an undrafted rookie — to the front of the stage.
Those scares from last season surely have Seahawks general manager John Schneider and coach Pete Carroll a little more wary about the back-up QB situation. Boykin is back competing for the position, but remains raw, and Seattle brought in veteran journeyman Austin Davis to provide competition. Early reports from training camp on how both Boykin and Davis have performed have not been positive.
In that context I asked the readers who they thought should be the Seahawks’ back-up QB, and I added one more name: the controversial Colin Kaepernick, who was considered by Seattle during the offseason and remains unsigned. Who did people stump for? Take a look:
POLL: Who should he Seahawks have as their back-up quarterback in 2017? Full context here: https://t.co/e0dxfj67pp
— Nick Patterson (@NickHPatterson) August 7, 2017
Add the two polls together and the percentages are: Kaepernick 42 percent, Boykin 21 percent, Davis 14 percent and other 23 percent.
I have to admit I included Kaepernick in part to gauge how he’d be received in the Pacific Northwest. That he received more than twice as many votes as either Boykin or Davis is food for thought. Also, Boykin and Davis combining for just 35 percent of the vote suggests there isn’t a lot of faith in Seattle’s current options.
The Seahawks’ preseason opener is Sunday at San Diego, and the starters aren’t expected to play much. That means Boykin and Davis should get the bulk of the snaps and we should get a better look at the two in action. Maybe they’ll change minds against the Chargers, but for now it appears the masses would prefer whoever’s behind door No. 3.