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Thursday Round-Up: Gabe Jackson Talks Adjustments With Geno Smith Starting At Quarterback

The Seahawks right guard joined 710 ESPN’s “Wyman & Bob” to discuss how the game changes with a backup quarterback, what he learned early in his career playing on struggling teams, settling in with the Seahawks, and more.


Good morning, 12s. Here's a look at what's out there today — Thursday, October 14 — about your Seattle Seahawks.

Gabe Jackson Joins 710 ESPN's "Wyman & Bob"

The last quarterback not named Russell Wilson to start a regular season game for the Seahawks was the late Tarvaris Jackson on a New Year's Day loss to the Cardinals in 2012. That will change this Sunday, with Geno Smith set to suit up as Wilson recovers from finger surgery. Smith will be making his first ever start with the Seahawks and his first in the NFL since 2017, when the New York Giants turned to Smith and ended then-Giants quarterback Eli Manning's streak of 210 consecutive starts.

Smith — a second-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft following a prolific career as a West Virginia Mountaineer — performed well in relief of Wilson last Thursday night, leading two scoring drives and nearly mounting a comeback win against the Rams. He showed command and looked more than comfortable within the offense, leading the team on a 98-yard touchdown drive in which he went 7-for-7 with 72 yards and the score immediately after entering the game.

On Wednesday, Seahawks right guard Gabe Jackson joined 710 ESPN's "Wyman & Bob" to discuss Smith's performance and how the game changes with a backup quarterback at the helm, how he's settling into life with the Seahawks, and more. You can read a few highlights below and listen to the full podcast segment here.

 On what he learned being a member of a 3-13 Raiders team as a rookie in 2014:

"For one, I was young, so mentally it was a little rough. But knowing that I went through that and how to get through that, that's what helps down the road. Everything is not going to be the way you want it to go starting off, but you've got to find a way to persevere and keep building and keep getting better."

On if playing in the SEC in college prepared him for the NFL:

"Most definitely. I won't bash the other conferences and stuff like that, but I feel like the SEC is the closest thing to [the NFL]. A lot of guys that I played against, they were first-round picks. Even on my team, I practiced against Fletcher Cox. When I first got to the league, obviously you're going to have top-tier players who are apart from others, but some guys, I blocked them and was like, 'Okay, he's not even as good as this guy I practiced against.'"

 On how the game changes with Geno Smith in for Russell Wilson:

"Blocking is blocking. No matter who is in, you've got to do your job. [Geno] did a great job stepping in and commanding the huddle. You could see the confidence in his eyes. It showed that he was ready to go … It was harder on him [not having reps throughout the week], but you couldn't see it. He didn't show any concerns about it and he just went out there and did what he had to do."

On what makes offensive line coach Mike Solari such a great teacher:

"He always knows great information to give us. It's never a week that we go into a game not knowing what we're going to get — exact looks. Sometimes a team will sprinkle in something that's a little different, but for the most part, we know exactly what they're going to do. We just have to go out there and get the job done."

Seahawks Launch New Gaming Club - Seahawks Sandbox

The Seattle Seahawks announced today the launch of a new gaming community – Seahawks Sandbox, which will feature a regular cadence of weekly tournaments and content for the 12s. The Seahawks are continuing their partnership with gaming platform provider Rival to formally establish the tournament side of this gaming community. Utilizing Rival technology, Seahawks Sandbox will be a destination for Seahawks fans to communicate, compete, and earn rewards points that can be used to redeem exclusive team merchandise and prizes.

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