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Seahawks Bring Back Veteran Backup QB Geno Smith

The Seahawks released Geno Smith on Saturday as part of their transactions to get the roster down to 53 players, but it turned out that was only a temporary move, John Boyle of Seahawks.com reports.

Smith’s free agency was short-lived because on Sunday the Seahawks re-signed Smith, who emerged as the victor in the backup quarterback competition with Paxton Lynch.

Smith, who initially signed with the Seahawks in May, was a 2013 second-round pick out of West Virginia by the New York Jets. He was the Jets’ starter during his first two seasons, then served as a backup for the Jets, Giants and Chargers over the past four seasons. He gives the Seahawks their most experienced backup behind Russell Wilson since Tarvaris Jackson.

In three preseason games—he missed one after having a cyst removed from his knee—Smith completed 52.9 percent of his pass attempts, throwing for 282 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions, giving him a 100.4 passer rating. Smith’s best performance came in Thursday’s preseason finale in which he completed four of seven attempts for 107 yards and two touchdowns.


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