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Thursday Round-Up: Back & Better, Geno Smith's Devotion To Improvement 

From training with teammates across the country, to a new diet, Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith continues to make offseason adjustments to extend success.


Good afternoon, 12s. Here's a look at what's out there today — Thursday, August 3 — about your Seattle Seahawks

Geno Smith Plans To Be Even Better In 2023

Quarterback Geno Smith's rise from career journeyman backup to 2022 AP Comeback Player of the Year was a major catalyst in the 9-8 Seahawks making an NFC Wild Card appearance. Over the last-eight seasons, Smith's struggles to find traction across four franchises have been well-documented. After an offseason of working with top trainers, building chemistry with teammates and changing his diet, Smith is geared up to continue his success into the 2023 season.

In 2022, Smith led the league in completion percentage (69.8), throwing for 4,282 yards and 30 touchdowns on 572 attempts. Over his last six seasons with the New York Jets, New York Giants, Los Angeles Chargers and Seattle - Smith attempted just 198 passes. The West Virginia alum was selected No. 39 overall by the Jets in the 2013 draft. After two seasons as a budding starter, Smith was relegated to backup. 10 starts over four seasons and three teams later, the 32-year-old agreed to a one-year deal with Seattle in 2020. After serving as quarterback Russell Wilson's backup, Smith harped on Wilson’s departure after Seattle made a blockbuster deal with the Denver Broncos. Just months after securing the starting job, Smith earned his first Pro Bowl selection.

Determined to beat father time, Smith has used the offseason to work on his game and his body. Private Quarterback Coach Quincy Avery’s NFL clientele list includes Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson, Philadelphia Eagles’ Jalen Hurts as well as premiere high school and collegiate talent. Over the spring and summer, Avery has documented his work with Seattle’s leader via social media platform Twitter. In an early July tweet following a recorded workout between the pair, Avery advised readers to not "confuse preparation and luck."

"It was just a good chance for us to connect on a personal level more than in a group setting," said Smith. "I just think that the one-on-one is just really good for us."

The time between the conclusion of the 2022 season and 2023 training camp has always revealed a slimmer, more-refined Smith when the team reported. The weekend saw the NFL Network team report to the Seahawks training camp to broadcast live, where analyst Taylor Bisciotti revealed Smith's new diet. In further efforts to keep his body in as great shape as his mind, sweets, red meat and dairy have been removed from Smith's diet. Bisciotti shared the network's proud sentiments of Smith's ascension, while discussing his changes for improvement.

"It's hard not to be happy for him," said Bisciotti. "Despite his big offseason contract, taking his team to the playoffs and winning Comeback Player of the Year - Geno Smith is not approaching this offseason any different than in years past. He's used to being a quarterback that's having to fight for a second chance. Let's just take us back to last offseason, when he was in a battle with quarterback Drew Lock every single day. Smith says, the only difference this year is that he's actually getting the majority of the first team reps. So how did he spend the offseason? He traveled around the country to meet his receivers, and get more reps in with them. He also lost 5-10 pounds to be more nimble in the pocket. How did he do that? He cut out dairy, red meat, and sweets. Honestly, I should be going to take notes on how he did that. And last, but not least, he has met with new Quarterback Coach Greg Olson, who was most recently with the Rams."

By all measures, there's no signs of complacency for the man that still hasn't written back.

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