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Geno Smith | Quarterback

Team: New York Jets
Age / DOB:  (24) / 10/10/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 221
College: West Virginia
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CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora expects Geno Smith to get a "solid half season" to show he can maintain the Jets' quarterback job.
It's been widely speculated Smith might enter the season on a short leash after the Jets traded for Ryan Fitzpatrick this offseason. Beat writers in New York have suggested Geno's rope might only last four games, before the Jets' Week 5 bye. Still, most indications continue to point to the Jets having some level of commitment to Geno, who is a sleeper in two-QB leagues after the acquisitions of Brandon Marshall and rookie deep threat Devin Smith. Jul 27 - 1:21 PM
Source: CBS Sports

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ESPN's Ron Jaworski said he "like(s) the future of the Jets with Geno Smith at quarterback."

Geno has been the butt of jokes through two seasons, but he's played in a QB-unfriendly system with guys like Jeremy Kerley and Jeff Cumberland as primary targets. We saw a flicker of hope over last season's final four games as he completed 65.1 percent of his throws with a 6:2 TD-to-INT ration en route to a 105.3 passer rating. Now Smith has excellent weapons (Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker, Jace Amaro, Devin Smith) to fit the Chan Gailey spread scheme that's similar to the one Geno excelled in at West Virginia. We're not ruling out a big step forward.
Jun 30 - 8:14 AM

ESPN Jets reporter Rich Cimini expects Geno Smith to get at least four games as starter.

"I don't expect the coaching staff to have a quick hook," Cimini said. "One of the goals of the new regime is to find out, once and for all, if Smith can be the long-term answer." With a bye in Week 5, the Jets can give Smith the first four games to prove his worth. If he flops, they can use the bye week to transition to Ryan Fitzpatrick. It will be a make-or-break month for Geno.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 13 - 9:07 AM

CBS' Jason La Canfora expects Geno Smith to get at least a half a season as the starter.

La Canfora is reporting from Jets OTAs and acknowledges Smith is being outplayed by Ryan Fitzpatrick. But Geno is going to have some leash as he's just learning the playbook while Fitz knows the Chan Gailey scheme cold. "I can assure you Smith will be given ample time to show what he can do with the new weapons around him this season," La Canfora wrote. The additions of Brandon Marshall, Devin Smith and Gailey should make things easier on Geno. But it remains to be seen if he can avoid another turnover-laden faceplant.
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 11 - 12:22 PM

Geno Smith opened minicamp by throwing three interceptions on Tuesday.

Two of those picks came in the red zone. "Turnovers matter," said coach Todd Bowles. "The thing you don’t want to do is when you’re in red-zone drills, you don’t want to turn it over and give up the three points." Ryan Fitzpatrick and Bryce Petty also threw interceptions on Tuesday. The Jets improved in other areas this offseason, but quarterback remains an issue.
Jun 10 - 9:34 AM

Geno Smith completed just 52-of-102 passes last season following an interception, sack, lost fumble, or failed third-down conversion.

ESPN's Jeff Legwold created an index that grades quarterbacks on how they perform after "bad" plays. Not surprisingly, Smith was one of the worst in the league in that category. While some players are able to block out mistakes, it's clear Smith lets his miscues haunt him throughout the game. The third-year quarterback needs to develop a shorter memory if he wants to succeed.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 7 - 12:11 PM

Coach Todd Bowles made it clear on Wednesday that the Jets will indeed hold a quarterback competition in training camp.

One week after OC Chan Gailey threw support behind Geno Smith, Bowles scaled back the anointment, stating there will be an "open competition," but that the quarterback job is Geno's "to lose." For now, the plan is to give Smith the majority of first-team reps in training camp. Ryan Fitzpatrick could still make it a battle by outplaying Smith in preseason games.
May 27 - 4:09 PM

Jets OC Chan Gailey said there will be no quarterback competition heading into training camp, and Geno Smith will "probably" be the starter Week 1.

This comes as a big surprise. Gailey all but locked in Smith as his starter, basically saying Geno won't lose the job in training camp. Gailey went on to say Smith can "make every throw in the book." Smith's talent hasn't been his problem; turnovers in bunches have been the issue his first two seasons. It appears Ryan Fitzpatrick will open the summer as the clear No. 2.
May 20 - 2:55 PM

Geno Smith has worked on his mechanics with quarterback guru Tom House this offseason.

House has worked with players such as Tom Brady, Tim Tebow and Carson Palmer in the past. It's not particularly notable, other than the fact that Smith is obviously taking his quarterback competition with Ryan Fitzpatrick seriously. Fitz is the favorite to start Week 1.
Apr 6 - 2:15 PM

Coach Todd Bowles said Geno Smith will get the initial first-team reps at training camp.

This assumes the Jets don't select a quarterback high in the draft. It also could have something to do with Ryan Fitzpatrick's leg injury. Regardless, it's clear that Bowles is expecting a competition come camp. "I'm not saying he’s not going to be the quarterback or that he is going to be the quarterback," Bowles said about Geno.
Mar 24 - 11:09 AM

When asked about Oregon QB Marcus Mariota, Jets owner Woody Johnson said Geno Smith is "probably way ahead of him at this point."

It's important to note that Johnson is a businessman whose football IQ is average at best. Simply put, Smith's first two seasons were a disaster. He improved only marginally last season after finishing dead-last in passer rating as a rookie in 2013. Smith should fare better in Chan Gailey's spread scheme, but that doesn't mean the Jets shouldn't be trying to address the quarterback position. We suspect Ryan Fitzpatrick would beat out Geno in a camp battle.
Mar 24 - 9:34 AM

After attending the NFL Combine, ESPN New York's Rich Cimini gets the "preliminary sense" that the Jets won't be using the No. 6 overall pick on a quarterback.

Per Cimini, the "vibe close to the organization" is that new GM Mike Maccagnan isn't in "quarterback-or-bust mode." Smith finished 2014 strong and will be an intriguing match for new OC Chan Gailey's Pistol Spread offense, one similar to the system in which Geno played at West Virginia. Smith improved his completion rate, TD-to-INT ratio, and QB rating as a sophomore. His physical skills are superior to any free agent quarterback's.
Feb 22 - 6:47 PM

Geno Smith has not received a definitive answer on his status with the Jets.

Smith has spoken to new coach Todd Bowles by phone, but it is unsurprising Bowles is hesitant to commit to the 2013 second-round pick. Smith has shown few signs he can be a competent starter, and the Jets could be position to draft either Marcus Mariota or Jameis Winston with the No. 6 overall pick. There is still a chance Smith opens 2015 as the starter, but the new Jets' regime will likely do everything in its power to upgrade.
Jan 31 - 1:08 PM

Neither coach Todd Bowles nor GM Mike Maccagnan would commit to Geno Smith as the Jets' starting quarterback.

With good reason, obviously. Maccagnan avoided commenting on Smith altogether in his introductory press conference Wednesday, while Bowles simply called Geno a "great college quarterback" without offering any opinions on his NFL ability. With the No. 6 overall pick in the 2015 draft, the Jets will be in decent position to grab or trade up for Jameis Winston or Marcus Mariota.
Jan 21 - 11:50 AM

Geno Smith completed 20-of-25 passes for 358 yards and three touchdowns in the Jets' Week 17 win over the Dolphins.

He added 18 rushing yards in easily the best game of his career. For the second straight year, Geno finished the season playing reasonably well, posting a 6:2 TD-to-INT ratio across his final four games. Smith's ability is not lacking, but his lack of consistency may render him a long-term backup in the league. Still only 24 years old, Geno is due under $1 million in 2015 salary and bonuses. He's going to lose his primary supporter in GM John Idzik, who is expected to be fired on Monday. A new Jets regime will determine whether Geno will have any chance at being New York's 2015 starter. He's only worth holding in deeper Dynasty leagues as a QB3/4.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 05:17:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Geno Smith
2Ryan Fitzpatrick
3Bryce Petty
4Jake Heaps
RB1Chris Ivory
2Bilal Powell
3Stevan Ridley
4Zac Stacy
5Daryl Richardson
GLB1Chris Ivory
2Stevan Ridley
3RB1Bilal Powell
2Stevan Ridley
FB1Tommy Bohanon
2J.C. Copeland
WR11Brandon Marshall
2Jeremy Kerley
3Chris Owusu
4Shaq Evans
5Quincy Enunwa
WR21Eric Decker
2Devin Smith
3DeVier Posey
4T.J. Graham
5Saalim Hakim
WR31Jeremy Kerley
TE1Jace Amaro
2Jeff Cumberland
3Kellen Davis
4Steve Maneri
5Wes Saxton
K1Nick Folk