The first week of Seattle Seahawks training camp is in the books, and while it’s too soon to make any definitive evaluations of the team heading into the 2017 season, it isn’t too early to pick up on some trends.
Such as at quarterback. Seattle is obviously set with its starting QB in Russell Wilson, who is slimmed down and looking sharp. But what about his back-up? The Seahawks have holdover back-up Trevone Boykin, who was an undrafted rookie last year, and journeyman Austin Davis, signed this offseason to provide competition for the back-up spot.
Both Boykin and Davis have their selling points, but also their issues. Boykin’s style is most similar to Wilson’s, which would ease the offense’s transition should Wilson go down. However, Boykin is completely untested at the NFL level, and he still has the cloud of legal issues hanging over his head. Davis has more experience, including starting 10 games over the past two seasons. However, he hasn’t been particularly effective in those games, going 3-7 in his 10 starts and compiling a modest 80.4 career passer rating.
Early reports are not positive on how Boykin and Davis have looked so far at training camp. And you know who’s still out there waiting for a team to come sign him? Colin Kaepernick, a quarterback who comes with baggage, but who also has had success in the NFL and plays a similar game to Wilson.
And, of course, there’s still plenty of time left this preseason to go out and get someone else, whether it’s someone still floating around or a player who ends up getting cut by another team.
So at this juncture, who do you think should be the Seahawks’ back-up quarterback in 2017?