Good afternoon, 12s. Here’s a look at what’s out there for today — Friday, August 18 — about your Seattle Seahawks.
On Thursday, the Seahawks fell 27-11 to the Chicago Bears in the team’s preseason home opener at Lumen Field. While the team didn’t bring their A-game, Seahawks quarterback Jacob Eason flashed in his first game action back in his home state of Washington.
Despite playing only the second half for Seattle, Seahawks quarterback Jacob Eason led all quarterbacks in passing yards, completions and attempts. The Lake Stevens native went 17-35 for 141 yards, and also completed a pass for a 2-point conversion.
In the 2020 NFL Draft, the Indianapolis Colts selected Eason with the No.122 pick. The five-star recruit out of Lake Stevens High is the son of former Notre Dame quarterback Tony Eason. But Jacob chose his own path, committing to the Georgia Bulldogs, playing in 16 games and throwing for over 2,400 yards and 16 touchdowns before transferring to the University of Washington. In his lone season with the Huskies, Eason would complete 260 of 405 pass attempts, throwing for 3,132 yards and 23 touchdowns. After one start in his first season with the Colts, Eason was waived and claimed by the Seahawks on waivers in 2021. Not only would Eason come home to Washington, but he’d be playing with a close former Huskies teammate in wideout Aaron Fuller.
Late in the fourth, the two connected in the back of the endzone on what initially was ruled a touchdown to cut the lead to 10 points, but after review, the officials called the pass incomplete. Ten of Eason’s targets on the night were to Fuller, who caught three for 34 yards.
Following the loss to the Bears, Seahawks Head Coach Pete Carroll discussed what he saw from his third-year quarterback.
“I thought he did a good job. I thought he did a really good job,” said Carroll. “Was really resourceful, clear, competitive, made some big-time throws. That was a great opportunity for him playing the game. So I thought we saw a lot of good stuff.”
Eason took the podium following the game to talk about the feeling of playing in his first football game in over a year – at home.
“It was exciting. Every opportunity for me is huge,” said Eason. “This is a great opportunity regardless of what the score was to get in and play some football again. It was a lot of situational stuff and a lot of things to clean up, but overall, it was good to get back out there.”
With quarterbacks Geno Smith and Drew Lock taking the majority of reps throughout the week and in the preseason opener, it’s been an adjustment for Eason this week. After Lock tested positive for COVID-19 this week, Eason’s number was called. Despite the challenge, Eason was ready to harp on the opportunity to get some playing time.
“They do a great job in our facility of preparing for a short week,” said Eason. “I realized in these two years, you never know with COVID. I had a few scares in other places too. It was exciting, not for Drew (Lock), we love Drew, we knew it was his shot to go out and start today, but in this situation, it was an opportunity to go out there and get some playing time. I wish Drew nothing but the best in his recovery and good health, but it was a little bit of a whirlwind. I would have liked to have some reps in Tuesday’s practice, but that’s just how it goes with this bug that is going on. Yeah, it’s a challenge, but I think it is a good challenge. With the spot I am in, it pushes me to seek out things that are hard to do like being in this spot, not getting a lot of reps and playing in a preseason game. It is tough, but I think that at the end of the day, it’s going to make me better, it’s going to make me grind more on the mental side of things and really understand those things.”
While Eason was excited to play in front of family and friends, the game also was a great motivator for him.
“Today was a huge opportunity to get a whole half of football in and go out there and chuck it around a little bit,” said Eason. “I’m excited to go watch the tape, see what I can learn from, access the things I did well, access the thing I didn’t do well, and get ready for next week.”
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