Entering he final weeks of their offseason program, the Seattle Seahawks had four quarterbacks on their roster after drafting Alex McGough in the seventh-round of the 2018 NFL Draft. With a clear need at backup quarterback following the release of Trevone Boykin, due to a domestic violence arrest, the team’s quarterback room shot up to three around the time they decided not to bring in Colin Kaepernick for a visit. In the week that ensued, the Seahawks signed Stephen Morris and re-signed 2017 backup Austin Davis. With four quarterbacks on the roster, something had to give.
And on Friday give it did.
The organization announced Friday they’ve released backup quarterback Stephen Morris and chopped their quarterback unit down to the traditional three-man group. In 2017, they had Davis and Boykin behind Russell Wilson. In 2016, they had Jake Heaps and Boykin behind Wilson. For now, the unit consists of Wilson, Davis and McGough and Morris made sense as the odd man out.
Obviously, the Seahakws aren’t cutting Wilson because…it’s unnecessary to explain this. Davis remains on the roster as a decent backup who can bridge the gap between the 2017 offense and 2018 offense for his starting quarterback. During the offseason, the team fired offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and hired Brian Schottenheimer in his place and Davis played for the latter as a member of the St. Louis Rams. He can relay some of the changes, especially in terminology, the Seahawks offense will undergo during this transition. Lastly, the Seahawks clearly like what they see out of McGough who has the mobility and big arm to do the things they like and is under contract on the cheap for four years.
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He’ll likely fit into the role previously held by Boykin. He’ll be groomed by Davis as the heir apparent to the backup role if he doesn’t win the job outright during training camp.
“He did a lot of good things. He can throw all the passes. He’s got a big arm. He moves real well. We’ve seen him move a ton in college,” head coach Pete Carroll said last Sunday of McGough’s mini-camp effort. “I was really anxious to see him in the pocket more because he was so in and out with all the pressure he had to deal with. I thought he was very positive. We’re excited about it. I don’t see any restrictions in the types of things we can do looking at his first few days.
“He took a lot of reps. I talked to him quite a bit about the fact that he has not been in the huddle. He’s not been under center much at all in his career. There’s a transition there, just about the verbiage and transferring his brain from the huddle to the line of scrimmage differently from when the coaches calling it on the sideline and everyone sees what the call is and they just go out and execute the play. He did very well.”
Clearly, the Seahawks are pleased enough with their seventh-round pick.
It’s a tough break for Morris who has yet to take a single regular-season snap of football in his carrer. In addition to that, he’s spent very few weeks even on the active roster in the NFL and didn’t have a home for the entire 2017 season when he was released by the Colts following the preseason. Now Washington and Seattle have both released him before even making it to training camp.
The former undrafted player out of Miami in 2014 continues to look for work. He won’t find it in Seattle. Their quarterback room is full. What’s not full is their roster. They did not replace Morris on the 90-man roster on Friday and now have an opening to fill. Could this be a sign that wide receiver Brandon Marshall is on the way after a recent visit to Seattle?