Geno Smith Oct 30, 2022; Seattle, Washington, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith (7) celebrates after throwing a touchdown pass against the New York Giants during the fourth quarter at Lumen Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

When longtime quarterback Russell Wilson left the Seattle Seahawks as part of a blockbuster trade that sent him to the Denver Broncos, there was a bit of a leadership void for the team. But it sure sounds like Geno Smith stepped up and filled that void last year when he became the starting quarterback.

During a recent appearance on Fubo Sports’ Getcha Popcorn Ready with T.O. & Hatch, DK Metcalf revealed that Geno Smith matured and stepped into a leadership role as he emerged as the team’s starting quarterback.

“Just going into training camp, he’s the first one out there and the first one at the facility,” Metcalf said on the podcast according to Pro Football Talk. “He’s watching film. He’s not talking. He just had his head down and he’s working. Week Eight, he gave us a pregame speech and you could just see everyone locked in on him because they had seen how much he had matured and changed. He wasn’t the same Geno. He was like, ‘This is my team now. Ya’ll are gonna listen. I’ve put in the work and I’ve put in the time to where I have stapled my name in Seattle.’ And everybody just started to respect him.”

This will now be Smith’s second season leading the team. We’ll have to see how he is able to lead the team after a year of experience under his belt.

[Pro Football Talk]