Geno Smith

Seattle Seahawks
Quarterback #7
Seattle Seahawks
Quarterback #7

Geno Smith News

Arrested on suspicion of DUI

Smith was arrested Monday in King County, Wash. on suspicion of DUI, Brady Henderson of reports. "Geno is fully cooperative with the investigation. I hope that an open mind can be kept by all as the facts are ascertained," Smith's attorney Jon Fox said in a statement regarding the incident.

Analysis: Smith was arrested at 2:10 a.m. local time and released from a King County correctional facility at 9:27 a.m. on his personal recognizance. Head coach Pete Carroll relayed that Smith was present at the Seahawks facility later Monday to take part in end-of-season meetings, so the team will presumably leave it to the NFL to decide whether the 31-year-old quarterback is subject to fine or suspension. Smith, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent in March, appeared in four games (three starts) during his first season in Seattle, completing 65 of 95 attempts for 702 yards and a 5:1 TD:INT to go with 42 rushing yards and one score on the ground.

Jan 10, 2022 5:58 PM EST

Returns to practice

Smith (back) practiced in full Saturday, John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site reports.

Analysis: Smith picked up the injury Friday, though he made a quick recovery. He should be prepared to serve as the Seahawks' backup quarterback in Week 12 against Washington.

Nov 27, 2021 6:16 PM EST

Picks up back injury

Smith missed Friday's practice with a back injury, John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site reports.

Analysis: Smith practiced in full Thursday, which is apparently when he suffered the injury. Saturday's practice report will be telling for his Week 12 availability, but if he can't go, the Seahawks will turn to Jacob Eason as their backup quarterback.

Nov 26, 2021 4:57 PM EST

Returns to No. 2 role

Smith will serve as the backup quarterback behind starter Russell Wilson (finger) in Sunday's game against the Packers after the latter was activated from injured reserve Friday, John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site reports.

Analysis: Smith started the last three contests in place of Wilson, who missed the first games of his career after suffering an injury to his right middle finger Oct. 7 that required surgery. At the time he underwent surgery, Wilson was expected to be sidelined for roughly six weeks, but the eight-time Pro Bowler healed quicker than anticipated and performed well enough in practice this week for Seattle to sign off on him playing. Wilson's return should represent a boon to the Seattle offense and all its key skill-position players, though Smith was a capable game manager while the former was sidelined. In his three starts, Smith completed 70.5 percent of his throws for 7.3 yards per attempt and a 4:0 TD:INT.

Nov 13, 2021 10:33 AM EST

Highly efficient in win

Smith completed 20 of 24 passes for 195 yards and two touchdown in Sunday's 31-7 win over the Jaguars. He also rushed twice for eight yards and a score.

Analysis: In his third consecutive start, Smith notched his first win since the 2017 season when he was playing for the Jets, and he completed 83 percent of his passes with 8.1 yards per attempt in the process. This was easily Smith's best showing of the season, as he totaled 376 passing yards and two touchdowns over his previous two starts. It's still cloudy whether Russell Wilson (finger) will return after the bye week for a Week 10 matchup against the Packers.

Oct 31, 2021 5:37 PM EST

Unable to get offense going

Smith completed 12 of 22 pass attempts for 167 yards and a touchdown in Monday's 13-10 loss to the Saints.

Analysis: Smith got off to a great start when he placed a perfect deep ball to hit DK Metcalf in stride for an 84-yard touchdown in the first quarter, but that's pretty much where his effectiveness ended. The veteran backup did protect the football and kept Seattle in the contest until their last drive, but he was promptly sacked twice (five overall), ending any chance of a heroic comeback. Smith does have a favorable matchup against Jacksonville on tap for Week 8, but the lack of upside makes him a hard sell.

Oct 25, 2021 9:37 PM EST

Late comeback falls short

Smith completed 23 of 32 pass attempts for 209 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 23-20 overtime loss to the Steelers.

Analysis: Smith got his first start with Seattle in place of the injured Russell Wilson (finger), and the results were mixed. The 31-year-old struggled mightily in the first half, failing to lead the Seahawks to any points before halftime. The veteran got things rolling in the second half to bring his team back to a tie at the end of regulation, but it was his lost fumble that led to the game-deciding field goal by Chris Boswell. Overall the entire passing offense took an expected dip under Smith, and there doesn't appear to be enough upside to make him a viable fantasy starter against the Saints next week.

Oct 17, 2021 11:35 PM EST

Starting opportunity likely coming

Smith is expected to step in as Seattle's starting quarterback beginning with the team's Week 6 game at Pittsburgh with Russell Wilson (finger) expected to be sidelined for at least a month, Jeremy Fowler of reports.

Analysis: After exiting Thursday's loss to the Rams, the ultra-durable Wilson was diagnosed with a ruptured middle finger tendon on his right hand, an injury that will likely keep him out for anywhere from a month to 6-to-8 weeks. Seattle may look to the trade market or free agency for another veteran replacement, but for now, Smith looks set to quarterback a team with legitimate playoff aspirations for the first time in his nine-year career. Smith acquitted himself reasonably well while filling in for Wilson for most of the second half of the Week 5 loss, completing 10 of 17 attempts for 131 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Even so, the change from Wilson to Smith is obviously a big downgrade for the Seattle offense, and for the fantasy values of DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett.

Oct 8, 2021 3:27 PM EST

Solid work in emergency duty

Smith entered the Seahawks' 26-17 loss to the Rams on Thursday night in place of Russell Wilson (finger) with 14:42 remaining and completed 10 of 17 passes for 131 yards with a touchdown and an interception.

Analysis: Smith immediately caught the Rams' attention by leading the Seahawks on a 10-play, 98-yard scoring march that he capped off with a 23-yard touchdown pass to DK Metcalf to bring Seattle within two points at the time. After Los Angeles answered with a touchdown drive of their own, Smith was able to get his squad into field-goal range and keep matters interesting until he threw an interception on the first play of his third possession, one that seemed to be at least partly the result of intended receiver Tyler Lockett taking some contact from a defensive back as he ran his route. Smith certainly offered what would have to be termed serviceable play at the very minimum, but both fantasy managers and the Seahawks will naturally be clamoring for a quick return to health for Wilson, who's been diagnosed with a bad sprain, ahead of a Week 6 road battle against the Steelers a week from Sunday.

Oct 7, 2021 9:06 PM EST

Likely out Saturday

Smith was not spotted warming up prior to Saturday's preseason game against the Broncos and is not likely to play, Gregg Bell of The Tacoma News Tribune reports.

Analysis: Smith cleared concussion protocol Friday so is available to play. However, it makes sense that the team would take no chances with his health, as he expected to serve as the team's backup quarterback come the regular season. Alex McGough and Sean Mannion are expected to see the majority of the time under center in the contest.

Aug 21, 2021 6:29 PM EST

Clears concussion protocol

Smith (concussion) has cleared the league's mandated protocols, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports.

Analysis: Smith suffered a concussion in the Seahawks' preseason opener against the Raiders. However, his quick clearance hrough the league's protocols will allow him to be available for Saturday's matchup with the Broncos. He currently projects to back up Russell Wilson under center in 2021.

Aug 20, 2021 4:27 PM EST

Goes out with concussion

Smith suffered a concussion in the first half of Saturday's preseason game against the Raiders and did not return, according to

Analysis: Smith started the exhibition contest and got off 10 passes, but he was not able to continue after going down with the head injury. He will need to clear the league's concussion protocol before returning to action.

Aug 14, 2021 7:40 PM EST

Re-signs with Seahawks

Smith has re-signed with the Seahawks.

Analysis: Smith has backed up Russell Wilson for the past two seasons, a role that he'll reprise in 2021. While working behind Wilson, who's been durable as a pro, Smith has made just one regular-season appearance for Seattle, in a blowout win over the Jets last year.

Apr 22, 2021 1:29 PM EST

Gets into one game in 2020

Smith played one game for the Seahawks in 2020 and completed four of five passes for 33 yards.

Analysis: Russell Wilson hasn't missed a game since entering the league, so Smith has been called upon just once over his two-year stint with the team, as he took the field in a Week 14 blowout win over the Jets. The 30-year-old quarterback will be an unrestricted free agent in March.

Jan 16, 2021 10:23 AM EST

Closes in blowout win

Smith completed four of five passes for 33 yards in Sunday's 40-3 win over the Jets.

Analysis: Smith took the field for the first time since 2018, as Russell Wilson was rested in the fourth quarter after generating a comfortable lead. He was predictably rusty, getting sacked once and botching a snap. The 30-year-old only threw short passes, too. It was nevertheless important to get Wilson's backup some work before the postseason begins.

Dec 14, 2020 9:15 AM EST

Agrees to one-year deal with Seahawks

Smith agreed to a one-year contract with the Seahawks on Thursday, Jeremy Fowler of reports.

Analysis: Smith rejoins the team that employed him as a backup last season, though it resulted in no snaps throughout the 2019 campaign. He should presumably return to that backup role, though undrafted rookie Anthony Gordon should get a look in training camp as well.

May 14, 2020 2:02 PM EST

No snaps in 2019

Geno Smith didn't play an offensive snap for the Seahawks in 2019.

Analysis: Russell Wilson hasn't missed a game since entering the league in 2012, and he continued that trend in 2019. That left Smith on the sidelines for the full season. Smith last started a game in 2017 for the Giants. Overall in his career, he's completed 57.7 percent of passes for 6,182 yards, 29 touchdowns and 36 interceptions while rushing for 661 yards and seven scores. The 29-year-old will be an unrestricted free agent in March.

Jan 13, 2020 1:34 PM EST

Absent from injury report

Smith (knee) wasn't listed on Wednesday's injury report, John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site reports.

Analysis: Smith had a strong preseason and has finally shaken off a nagging knee injury. He'll suit up for Sunday's game versus the Bengals to serve as a backup to Russell Wilson, who has never missed a game in his seven-year NFL career. Smith has little regular-season experience over the last four years, playing in just 10 contests and throwing for 611 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions.

Sep 4, 2019 4:59 PM EST

Re-signing with Seattle

Smith (knee) is re-signing with the Seahawks, Josina Anderson of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Smith was cut Saturday to temporarily free up a roster spot. He's once again positioned as Russell Wilson's backup, with no other quarterbacks on the roster as of Sunday afternoon.

Sep 1, 2019 11:35 AM EST

Let loose by Seahawks

The Seahawks released Smith (knee) on Saturday, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports.

Analysis: The news comes as a bit of a surprise, as Seattle released third-string passer Paxton Lynch on Friday, supposedly leaving Smith as the backup behind Russell Wilson. The Seahawks also released J.T. Barrett on Saturday, leaving Wilson currently as the only quarterback on the roster. Smith hasn't seen a large role under center since his first two seasons in the league. The 28-year-old started in 29 games and threw for 5,571 yards, 25 touchdowns and 34 interceptions for the Jets in 2013 and 2014. Smith has appeared in 10 games and passed for 611 yards, four touchdowns and two picks over the last four seasons.

Aug 31, 2019 4:15 PM EST

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