Seattle Seahawks 53-man roster projection has questions at quarterback, Chris Carson's status

Chris Carson has not been cleared after suffering a neck injury last season that ended his campaign after four games. Brace Hemmelgarn/USA TODAY Sports

RENTON, Wash. -- The Seattle Seahawks open the 2022 regular season against the Denver Broncos on Sept. 12.

There's plenty to be sorted out roster-wise before Russell Wilson makes his much-anticipated return to Lumen Field on Monday Night Football. The Seahawks don't know whether Drew Lock or Geno Smith will be their starter, and based on Pete Carroll's comments about how they're in "good shape" at quarterback, it sounds like they're content letting their current options battle it out for now.

But will that change if Lock and Smith falter and Jimmy Garoppolo or Baker Mayfield becomes a free agent?

The other big question is in Seattle's backfield, with no word yet on whether Chris Carson will return from neck surgery.

QUARTERBACK (2): Geno Smith, Drew Lock

Some inside the Virginia Mason Athletic Center believe Lock's talent will win out, but Smith is still in the pole position, having taken the first-team reps during OTAs and minicamp. Carroll will weigh preseason games heavily when determining the winner, as he did 10 years ago when Wilson beat out Matt Flynn. The Seahawks have typically carried only two quarterbacks on their 53-man roster, but they might keep a third now that they no longer have a starter as durable as Wilson was for most of the past decade. Jacob Eason is currently the No. 3.