Renton, Wash. (NWN) — The revolving door in the most volatile situation for the Seattle Seahawks has now exited its starting corner from Week 1.
Trey Flower was released on Wednesday as the Seahawks struggle to find the right combination in the secondary.
The Flowers started the first three games but were benched in favor of Sydney Jones by Minnesota after dissecting Seattle’s secondary in Week 3. Coach Pete Carroll spoke about Flowers’ performance in earning the starting job during training camp, but didn’t have many answers on Wednesday as to why his stand turned so quickly.
“I think it was time for a change for him as well,” Carroll said. “He had some guys taking some game time ahead of him. And I love that kid, and I’ve been working with him since I worked here. I like that he can leave here and go again. There are a lot of teams that need corners and I hope they get a great shot.
The entire cornerback position has been a moving target since the start of training camp and remains unsettled for five weeks into the regular season, leaving a record number of yards on the Seahawks defense pace.
Seattle went into camp thinking that some combination of Flowers, DJ Reed, and Ahkelo Witherspoon would give the Seahawks their debut. But Witherspoon didn’t make it through training camp before being traded to Pittsburgh.
For now, Jones and Reid are just getting started. But Seattle also acquired Blaise Austin late in training camp and could activate rookie Trey Brown from injured reserve to play Sunday against Pittsburgh. Brown has been out for several weeks due to a knee problem.
“He did a lot of positive things and unfortunately the knee worked and couldn’t respond properly,” Carroll said. “So I’m going to go back to where he was and like I told him today, ‘Let’s pick up where you left off and show us you get your stuff together and see where it takes you in the competition. ‘ So he must be struggling.”
Flower was a fifth-round pick by the Seahawks in 2018. He was a safety in college, but Seattle quickly cornered him, impressed by his size and speed.
But despite starting 30 games in the 2018 and 2019 seasons combined, it didn’t completely click for flowers. Flowers shined at training camp this summer, but it could also be an indictment for the rest of the players Seattle put together in the situation.
“He actually exceeded expectations a little bit. He came back better, and really effective and aggressive and all that,” said Carroll. “In my opinion, it hasn’t been as we had hoped.”
There was an unexpected sight during practice on Wednesday – QB Russell Wilson in uniform with a helmet. Wilson was undergoing the initial Seahawks warmup, but his surgically corrected right middle finger rested in a handwarmer around his waist. Wilson was listed as a non-participant on the official practice report.
Geno Smith will be the starter for the immediate future but Seattle has yet to place Wilson on injured reserve.
Seattle added depth to the quarterback position by signing Danny Atling to the practice squad. Etling spent the last season in Seattle’s practice squad and gave the Seahawks three healthy QBs along with Smith and Jake Luton.
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