While most of the attention has been on the Seahawks wide receivers and running backs, the competition to backup Russell Wilson at the quarterback spot has been an intriguing battle.
Both Austin Davis and Alex McGough have had their ups and downs in this competition. However, Seattle’s preseason loss to the Los Angeles Chargers was definitely a win for McGough, who took a huge step forward in cementing himself as Wilson’s backup QB in 2018.
McGough completed 9-of-12 passes for 97 yards and one touchdown. He earned an overall grade of 72.5 from Pro Football Focus. He was even better with a clean pocket, completing 7-9 passes with a 143.5 passer rating.
On his touchdown drive, McGough completed all six passing attempts while marching the team 70 yards for the score. His touchdown as a 12-yard strike to Malik Turner.
Meanwhile, Davis only threw three passes, completing one for six yards. He saw the field quite a bit more in Seattle’s first preseason game, but a costly interception in the red zone dampened his otherwise solid performance.
Head coach Pete Carroll has not given any strong indication which quarterback will remain on the 53-man roster after cuts. However, McGough was the first quarterback Seattle has drafted since Wilson in 2012, likely giving him an edge on the job.