Drew Lock

Seattle Seahawks
Quarterback #3
Seattle Seahawks
Quarterback #3

Drew Lock News

Loses job battle with Smith

Lock will begin the 2022 season as the Seahawks' backup quarterback after coach Pete Carroll announced Geno Smith as the team's Week 1 starter following Friday's preseason loss at Dallas, Michael-Shawn Dugar of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Lock only had two opportunities during exhibition season due to a positive test for COVID-19, missing preseason Week 2 in the process. But he was up and down in his two chances, completing 24 of 39 passes for 273 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions, rushing three times for seven yards and taking two sacks in close to six quarters of action. Ultimately, Smith's experience in the system (and likely his availability) won out in the end, and Lock now will be holding a clipboard to kick off his first year in Seattle.

Aug 26, 2022 9:35 PM EST

Still has shot at starting job

Coach Pete Carroll said the competition between Lock and Geno Smith is even, adding that Lock will get a lot of snaps in the preseason finale Friday against Dallas, Adam Jude of The Seattle Times reports.

Analysis: Lock was scheduled to start the second preseason game last Thursday against Chicago before he tested positive for COVID-19. He returned to practice over the weekend and should now get a bunch of snaps for the second time this preseason, having previously gone 11-of-15 passing for 102 yards and two TDs in the Seattle's preseason opener. Smith also played well in the initial preseason game, but in the second contest he failed to produce any points on seven drives.

Aug 23, 2022 12:43 PM EST

Hefty role on tap Friday

Coach Pete Carroll intends for Lock to play "a lot" in Friday's preseason finale against the Cowboys, Brady Henderson of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Lock missed the team's previous preseason game due to COVID-19, but he should get a chance to make up for lost time with plenty of playing time Friday. Carroll added that the team is unlikely to decide on a starting quarterback between Lock and Geno Smith (knee) until closer to the regular season. Still, a strong performance Friday would go a long way in helping Lock make his case for the Week 1 starting job.

Aug 21, 2022 7:45 PM EST

Back at practice

Lock (illness) returned to practice Sunday, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports.

Analysis: Lock sat out this past Thursday's preseason game (which he had been in line to start) against the Bears after testing positive for COVID-19, but he's back on the field Sunday and is thus a candidate to start this coming Friday's preseason finale against the Cowboys. At this stage, the Seahawks' unofficial posted depth chart lists Geno Smith (knee bruise) ahead of Lock, but the team has yet to announce which of the two QBs is slated to start Seattle's regular season opener against the Broncos on Sept. 12.

Aug 21, 2022 12:38 PM EST

Will not play Thursday

Lock will not play in Thursday's preseason matchup with the Bears after testing positive for COVID-19, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: This is unfortunate timing for Lock, as he handled all of the first-team reps at practice Tuesday and was slated to draw the start against Chicago. While coach Pete Carroll maintains that Geno Smith is the team's No. 1 quarterback, the starting opportunity would have been a chance for Lock to make an impression. He will now have to wait until he clears the league's health and safety protocols before he can return to practice. In his absence, Smith and Jacob Eason are the lone healthy quarterbacks on the Seahawks' roster.

Aug 16, 2022 5:27 PM EST

Starting Thursday

Coach Pete Carroll announced Lock will start Thursday's preseason game against the Bears, Michael-Shawn Dugar of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: For the first time since training camp opened, Lock handled all of the first-team reps at practice Tuesday, according to Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times. Afterward, Carroll told Condotta the development was part of the plan for the Seahawks' quarterback competition but reiterated that Geno Smith remains the team's No. 1 quarterback. It's unclear how much run Lock will get with the starters Thursday, but if the breakdown is similar to preseason Week 1, he may play one half before handing the offense over to Smith.

Aug 16, 2022 4:04 PM EST

Throws for two touchdowns in loss

Lock completed 11 of 15 pass attempts for 102 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions while rushing once for three yards during Saturday's 32-25 preseason loss to Pittsburgh.

Analysis: The 25-year-old has made strides in practice over the last few days, and coach Pete Carroll recently said that Lock will get more reps with the first-team offense in the near future. Lock played the second half during Saturday's preseason opener and accounted for the team's only two passing touchdowns during the narrow loss. Although Lock played well Saturday, Geno Smith also had an impressive performance, completing 10 of 15 pass attempts for 101 yards while rushing for a touchdown. Smith still appears to be the frontrunner for the starting job at quarterback in Seattle, but Lock has closed the gap recently.

Aug 13, 2022 7:43 PM EST

Getting more first-team reps

Head coach Pete Carroll said Tuesday that Lock will get more reps with the first-team offense, Michael-Shawn Dugar of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Carroll gave Geno Smith every chance to run away with the starting job, but Smith -- who has taken most of the reps with the starting offense during training camp -- has struggled and Lock has shown enough flashes to make this a true competition. In turn, Carrol intends rotate between Lock and Smith with the first-team offense so that whoever wins the job will have familiarity with star receivers DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett. Smith will start in Saturday's preseason game against the Steelers, but we should expect both quarterbacks to get some reps with the starters, although it's unclear how much Metcalf and Lockett will play in the exhibition.

Aug 10, 2022 8:49 AM EST

Outplays Smith in team scrimmage

Lock completed 18 of 27 passes for 185 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's team scrimmage, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports.

Analysis: Lock spent four of five offensive drives with the second-team offense where he played against the first-team defense. On the other side of the competition, Geno Smith handled nearly all the first-team reps on offense where he battled against the second-team defense. Smith completed 10 of 19 passes for 94 yards. Lock had the inferior supporting cast and played against better competition, but he managed to put up better numbers anyway, although those numbers were mediocre. Head coach Pete Carroll didn't make any judgements following the scrimmage, but Lock may have the edge heading into the preseason, which starts next Saturday against the Steelers.

Aug 7, 2022 5:51 AM EST

Getting second-team reps

Lock played with the second-team offense during Wednesday's practice, Michael-Shawn Dugar of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Head coach Pete Carroll believes Lock still has a chance to win the starting job over Geno Smith, who is heading into his fourth season with the Seahawks. Carroll stated earlier in the offseason that Smith's knowledge of the system gives him an edge in the competition. However, Lock has enough tools relative to Smith to make this competition extend through the final preseason game. Through three seasons in the league, Lock has completed 59.3 percent of his passes for 4,740 yards (6.7 YPA), 25 touchdowns and 20 interceptions.

Jul 28, 2022 8:07 AM EST

Still trailing in QB competition

Head coach Pete Carroll said Thursday that Lock is trailing Geno Smith in the quarterback competition following this week's mandatory minicamp, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports.

Analysis: Carroll also stated that Lock isn't too far behind and will have a good chance to claim the starting job during training camp and the preseason. Smith's main edge comes from his knowledge of the system after three years with the team. Neither quarterback has proven to be effective for long stretches in the NFL, but Lock is certainly capable of getting hot during the preseason and winning the job for Week 1.

Jun 9, 2022 2:11 PM EST

Survives draft day

Lock is expected to compete with Geno Smith and Jacob Eason for the starting quarterback job after the Seahawks didn't select a quarterback in the 2022 NFL Draft, Michael-Shawn Dugar of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: There was only one quarterback drafted in the first 73 picks, and despite having four picks in that stretch, the Seahawks opted to upgrade their offensive line and add a high-end running back and edge rusher. That's good news for Lock, who was part of the trade package that the Seahawks received for Russell Wilson. Lock has a big arm but was mediocre over 24 games (21 starts) with the Broncos over the last three years, completing 59.3 percent of his passes for 4,740 yards (6.7 YPA), 25 touchdowns and 20 interceptions. He also ran for 285 yards and five scores. Unless the Seahawks bring in Baker Mayfield via trade or a veteran in free agency, the main competition in training camp will be between Lock and Smith while Eason makes a longshot bid.

May 1, 2022 9:24 AM EST

Sent to Seattle

The Broncos dealt Lock, tight end Noah Fant, defensive end Shelby Harris and five draft picks to the Seahawks for Russell Wilson and a fourth-round pick, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: A 2019 second-rounder, Lock has struggled when he's stepped foot on the field, completing 59.3 percent of his passes for 4,740 yards, 25 touchdowns and 20 interceptions in 24 appearances while compiling an 8-13 record as a starter. Once the trade is on the books, Lock and Jacob Eason will be the only signal-callers on Seattle's roster, meaning the team likely will continue to tinker with the QB room as the offseason goes on.

Mar 8, 2022 11:38 AM EST

Mixed bag in finale

Lock completed 12 of 24 passes for 162 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions in the Broncos' 28-24 loss to the Chiefs on Sunday. He also rushed four times for 35 yards and two scores.

Analysis: Lock authored a pair of impressive first-half scoring drives of 67 and 80 drives, finishing off the marches with rushing touchdowns of five and 23 yards, respectively. Those would prove to be the highlight of a pedestrian passing performance in particular, one that saw him complete just 50.0 percent of his throws and fail to manufacture enough impact plays in the second half. Lock was merely average while starting the last three games of the season in place of Teddy Bridgewater (IR-concussion), and with the latter heading into unrestricted free agency, it's possible Lock, who's signed through next season, is very much in the running to reclaim the starting quarterback job in 2022.

Jan 8, 2022 5:22 PM EST

Avoids designation for finale

Lock (shoulder) practiced fully Thursday and doesn't have an injury designation for Saturday's game against the Chiefs, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.

Analysis: Lock is set to make his third consecutive start this weekend while the Broncos close their season without Teddy Bridgewater, who wasn't able to clear the NFL's five-step concussion protocol before being moved to injured reserve Wednesday. Brett Rypien will serve as the backup to Lock, who has completed 33 of 47 attempts (70.2 percent) for 398 yards, a touchdown and no interceptions over the past two weeks. Though Lock has done a good job playing mistake-free football of late, expect Denver to once again lean heavily on a low-tempo ground-heavy game plan that will likely limit his overall passing volume.

Jan 6, 2022 1:51 PM EST

Limited at practice

Lock (shoulder) was listed as a limited practice participant Wednesday, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.

Analysis: With Teddy Bridgewater (concussion) on IR, Lock is expected to start Saturday's game against Kansas City. Thursday's injury report will reveal whether the QB heads in the weekend with an injury designation or fully cleared to play in Denver's season finale.

Jan 5, 2022 3:21 PM EST

On track to start Saturday

With Teddy Bridgewater (concussion) on IR, per Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site, Lock (shoulder) is expected to start Saturday's game against Kansas City.

Analysis: Lock was listed as a limited practice participant Tuesday, but barring a setback, his shoulder injury isn't expected to impact his Week 18 availability. However, the QB will likely need to practice fully in the next couple of days in order to head into the contest minus an injury designation.

Jan 5, 2022 11:49 AM EST

Limited to begin Week 18 prep

Denver listed Lock as a limited participant on Tuesday's estimated practice report due to a right shoulder injury, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.

Analysis: Lock suffered the injury in the first half of last week's 34-13 loss to the Chargers, but he missed only one series before finishing the day with 18 completions for 245 yards and a touchdown on 25 attempts. The signal-caller's ability to return to the contest suggests that his estimated limitations two days after the game are likely just maintenance-related. Assuming he upgrades to full activity by Thursday, Lock will be in line to make his third straight start Saturday against the Chiefs, as head coach Vic Fangio already told the media Monday that he's planning on having the 25-year-old direct the offense once again since Teddy Bridgewater has yet to resume practicing since entering the concussion protocol Dec. 19. Brett Rypien, who made a brief cameo in relief in Week 17, is on track to serve as Lock's backup in the season finale.

Jan 4, 2022 1:01 PM EST

Expected to start Saturday

Lock (shoulder) is expected to start Saturday's game against the Chiefs, Ben Swanson of the Broncos' official site reports.

Analysis: Coach Vic Fangio said Monday that Teddy Bridgewater remains in the concussion protocol and signaled that Lock is in line to start if Bridgewater is unavailable. The 2019 second-rounder briefly exited Sunday's loss to the Chargers in the first half due to a shoulder injury but was able to return to the field. Lock said after the game that he didn't think the injury impacted his play much, but the team will likely monitor his health in practice ahead of Saturday's regular-season finale. If Lock wouldn't be able to play, Brett Rypien would be next in line to start.

Jan 3, 2022 11:49 AM EST

Efficient in Sunday's loss

Lock completed 18 of 25 passes for 245 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 34-13 loss to the Chargers.

Analysis: It was a better performance than Lock managed last week against the Raiders, but the end result was the same for the Broncos. His lone TD pass, a five-yard toss to Noah Fant, came in the fourth quarter after the game was well out of reach. Depending on Teddy Bridgewater's progress from his concussion, Lock may have to make the start in Denver's final game of the season, Week 18 against Kansas City.

Jan 2, 2022 7:03 PM EST

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