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Geno Smith | Quarterback

Team: New York Jets
Age / DOB:  (23) / 10/10/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 221
College: West Virginia
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The New York Daily News reiterates that the Jets' quarterback job is Geno Smith's to lose.
The Jets are calling it a competition between Smith and Michael Vick, but that's a case of semantics. The Daily News says the battle is really between "Good Geno and Bad Geno," with Vick an "innocent bystander." Smith is expected to get roughly 75 percent of the first-team reps as camp opens. "If he doesn't screw up in July and August, the job will belong to him," writes beat man Manish Mehta. Jul 24 - 9:02 AM

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Jets OC Marty Mornhinweg said Geno Smith will get 70-75 percent of the first-team quarterback reps when training camp opens next month.

Michael Vick has reportedly looked awful the past couple days at minicamp, and some question whether his heart is even in it. Smith, on the other hand, has been getting the bulk of the first-string snaps for much of the offseason. That's not going to change anytime soon. The Jets clearly want him to start Week 1.
Jun 18 - 4:38 PM

Geno Smith said he has turned his focus from learning the playbook to "perfecting" it.

Geno would do well to tackle competence before he sets his sights on perfection, but the sentiment of his comments has merit. Smith was woefully inconsistent last season, but he showed flashes of very good play, especially in New York's wins over Atlanta, Oakland, and Cleveland. It is not inconceivable that with another year in the system and better weapons around him Smith could put together a solid 2014 campaign.
Jun 15 - 6:41 PM

Geno Smith is working mostly with the first-stringers during OTAs.

Smith is also taking the reps in "critical moments," if that's a real thing during non-contact practices. Regardless, it's further confirmation Geno will enter camp with his nose in front of Michael Vick. If the battle is close at all, we'll likely see Smith under center when the Jets host the Raiders on Sept. 7.
Jun 5 - 9:12 AM

Jets OC Marty Mornhinweg admits the team's quarterback competition between Geno Smith and Michael Vick isn't a true 50-50.

"We're trying to continue the progression with Geno, and then have Mike ready to go," Mornhinweg said. "It's just that simple, and Mike knows the exact expectations and roles that he has, and Geno knows the exact expectations." It's been obvious all along that Smith has a leg up, but the coaching staff admitting so is probably designed to provide a confidence boost. The job is not being gift wrapped. Smith has to earn it in camp and preseason games.
May 29 - 3:27 PM

Geno Smith got the first rep with the starters at Wednesday's OTAs.

Michael Vick mixed in with the starters behind Smith as the two shared the first-team reps. It's exactly what was expected. The Jets are portraying this battle as Geno's job to lose, and it will stay that way through preseason games. Ultimately, both guys are good bets to make starts this season.
May 28 - 11:32 AM

Speaking in a Thursday radio interview, coach Rex Ryan said Geno Smith is "going to be hard to beat out" for the Jets' quarterback job.

"He knows the offense forward and backwards," Ryan said. The Jets are working hard to rebuild Smith's confidence after signing Michael Vick. Speaking late last month, OC Marty Mornhinweg said Smith would begin the offseason atop the depth chart. Smith is indeed the favorite to start Week 1, but has little room for error as he attempts to hold off Vick.
May 15 - 2:23 PM

Speaking Tuesday, Jets OC Marty Mornhinweg said Geno Smith will begin the offseason as the Jets' No. 1 quarterback.

"We’re going to structure it in a certain way," Mornhinweg said. "One thing I want to make sure of is nothing impedes (Smith's) progression." Mornhinweg went on to say that Smith progressed "beautifully" over the final quarter of his rookie season. Smith deserves a leg up on Michael Vick in the Jets' quarterback competition, but has little room for error.
Apr 29 - 4:10 PM

The Jets told newly signed RB Chris Johnson their quarterback position would be an open competition between Geno Smith and Michael Vick.

"They said those two will battle it out in camp and may the best man win," said Johnson. The Jets' best case scenario is Smith plays well in the preseason and wins the job outright, but they would not have brought in Vick unless there was some doubt about Smith's ability to develop into an NFL starter. Smith posted a 12-21 TD-to-interception ratio in 2013.
Apr 19 - 12:14 PM

ESPN New York's Rich Cimini expects Geno Smith to open the season as the Jets' starter.

"They want Geno to be the guy," Cimini told the Jets' official site. "He would have to have a really bad preseason to lose it [his starting job]." The Jets signed Michael Vick to a one-year deal to provide competition in training camp, but Cimini believes Geno remains the favorite to start. Smith was among the most turnover-prone quarterbacks in the league as a rookie and will be on a short leash if he manages to hold off Vick.
Apr 5 - 4:29 PM

Asked at the NFL meetings whether Geno Smith has a chance to win the Jets' Week 1 quarterback job, coach Rex Ryan replied "I would say yes."

"It's going to be interesting to see the competition, but Geno is going to be hard to beat out," Ryan insisted. Geno struggled in his first season of OC Marty Mornhinweg's system, and the Jets signed Michael Vick to a one-year, $5 million contract last week. Vick will enter camp as the favorite to start. Smith may have to blow away Jets brass in preseason games to make it competitive.
Mar 25 - 7:27 AM

According to TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline, the Jets intend to "lessen the load" on Geno Smith in his second NFL season, and hope to keep Smith "under 20 passes per game."

Pauline is mostly a draft guru, but gets a fair number of NFL team scoops. He says the Jets plan to re-implement "a more run oriented offense in 2014 in an attempt to exploit their strengths." They obviously don't consider Geno a strength. The Jets played this style of offense for years with Mark Sanchez at the helm, and qualified for two AFC Championship games. They'll attempt to "hide" their quarterback with a strong defense and higher-volume rushing attack.
Mar 9 - 4:53 PM

Jets coach Rex Ryan offered support for beleaguered second-year QB Geno Smith at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Rex stated he believes Geno is "going in the right direction," citing some late-season passer rating stats and the Jets' stretch-run won-loss record. Smith's rookie year was mostly a mega-disappointment, finishing with a 12:21 TD-to-INT ratio and pathetic 5.3 adjusted yards-per-attempt average. Jets GM John Idzik has been openly noncommittal on Smith as the team's 2014 starter.
Feb 20 - 5:29 PM

Geno Smith is working out with former NFL QB Chris Weinke this offseason.

Smith also worked out with Weinke in the run up to last year's Combine. Weinke tutored Cam Newton in 2011. It's only notable in that Smith appears to be taking every step in trying to improve on his shaky rookie campaign. It's possible the Jets will push Smith with a veteran free agent or draft pick, but he's the heavy favorite to be under center in Week 1.
Feb 18 - 6:42 PM

One longtime NFL personnel man told ESPN New York he thinks Geno Smith's body is "too soft," and questioned Smith's passion for football.

"Does he love football or does he like football?" the talent evaluator asked rhetorically. "I don't think you just hand him the job," CBS' Rich Gannon added. "I think you make it a competitive situation. They have to get better at that position. They need more depth and talent there, and I anticipate that will happen this offseason." GM John Idzik has declined to commit to Geno as his 2014 starter, which is telling after Idzik made Smith the 39th overall pick in his first ever draft. Expect the Jets to pursue veteran competition as Gannon suggested, perhaps free agent Michael Vick or Matt Schaub once he's cut by Houston.
Feb 2 - 2:17 PM