What to watch for in Seahawks’ preseason finale vs. Cowboys

Geno Smith will start again, although Drew Lock is expected to see significant play time.

SEATTLES — Editor’s Note: This story is part of KING 5 Seahawks Season Preview Series.

The Seattle Seahawks have just one dress rehearsal before their highly anticipated Week 1 showdown against former franchise quarterback Russell Wilson.

The Seahawks’ final preseason game is Friday night at AT&T Stadium against the Dallas Cowboys.

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Geno Smith will start as quarterback as in the first two preseason games, although coach Pete Carroll stressed this week that Drew Lock should have significant playing time after missing the second preseason game due to a positive COVID-19 diagnosis.

“(Smith) is going to start this game,” Carroll said on The Mike Salk Show (with John Boyle/Seahawks). “He’ll go in there first, he’ll play a little bit, then Drew will play most of the game for us – just give him lots of playtime and let him out there, let him play football because of what we missed last week .”

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Here’s what to look for as the Seahawks wrap up the 2022 preseason in Dallas.

The QB competition ends

Smith was the No. 1 quarterback on the “unofficial” depth chart throughout training camp, but Lock’s solid performance in the first game of preseason has many Seahawks fans torn over who should be QB1 in Week 1.

Lock was originally scheduled to start the second game before his COVID diagnosis and will likely see at least a couple of series with all the starters picking the Seahawks for the preseason finals.

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Carroll’s quotes recently indicated that Lock has closed the gap between him and Smith since training camp began, and that he and his staff plan to take as much time as needed to determine who will start at the top of the depth chart.

Lock has been one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL from the first week of preseason games and has a chance to prove himself worthy of the starting job with a strong showing in Dallas.

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This will undoubtedly be the main topic of conversation in the 17 days between the preseason finals and the nationally televised Monday Night Football duel featuring Russell Wilson and the Denver Broncos.

roster bubble

The final game of preseason gives the coaching staff one last live game scenario look at those players who are poised to form the final 53-man regular-season roster.

One position that could be affected by performances in Friday’s game is wide receiver.

DK Metcalf, Tyler Lockett, Dee Eskridge and Freddie Swain should all make the wide receiver cut, but several other rookies and youngsters will be vying for a spot on the Week 1 list.

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2022 draft picks Bo Melton and Dareke Young both had moments but also each dropped multiple passes. Penny Hart has been praised by coaches and University of Washington product Aaron Fuller has seen some preseason goals but looks likely to end up on the practice team if he doesn’t break through in Dallas.

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Rookie cornerbacks Coby Bryant and Tariq Woolen have played their way to near-certain roster spots, but there are several other spots in the secondary that could be decided by Friday’s game.

The final lineup must be completed by August 30th.

Running back position

Ken Walker’s uncertain injury schedule has raised questions for Rashaad Penny on the Seahawks’ projected depth chart.

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Travis Homer and Deejay Dallas should be next in line behind Penny if he fails to compete in Week 1, a possibility Carroll didn’t rule out when speaking to reporters earlier this week.

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Expect to see plenty of Josh Johnson, Darwin Thompson and recently signed Ronnie Rivers in the preseason finale, though all three are likely destined for either practice team or free agency on cut day.

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