New York Jets: The Geno Smith Project Vol. II


Moving forward to Vol. II of JETSerious’ Geno Project, we’ll aim our focus towards reads and progressions. We’ll also take a look at Geno’s arm-strength, and his ball outside-the-numbers.

If you missed volume one, have a look by clicking here.

Smart with his reads, and can make all the throws.

When dissecting the game film on Geno Smith, he appears to have a calmness in the pocket. He is able to go through his progressions, assuming he is provided with the necessary time needed to take his 3, 5, or 7 step drops.

Geno also has the ability to throw a strike outside-the-numbers, something that Mark Sanchez has struggled to do throughout his career. If you recall, Sanchez is often late on his throws and ends up throwing a lot of his interceptions trying to hit the out-route. Geno is able to anticipate where the receiver will be, stemming from his time spent inside the film room. Let me take you through a play in which Geno Smith further demonstrates what I am referring to…

Notice how each picture represents his reads as he goes through his progressions. Geno does a great job of starting left, trying to get the ball to the primary receiver. Next, you’ll see him go to his next progression (in the middle of the field).

 

Once he does that, he will move to his final option… the deep out.

Geno plants his back foot nicely, and is in great position to make the difficult throw. That’s what you expect to see from a QB with good mechanics in the pocket.

Now, let’s focus on his delivery…

Smith is given a good amount of time to get rid of it, and displays his arm strength by throwing a bullet from one side of the field to another.

Now let’s focus on the ball placement and accuracy on this particular play…

What a throw!!

Geno delivered the pass in a spot, where only his guy can get to. He gives his receiver just enough room to get both feet in-bounds, and make the grab. This is just one of the many examples of the patience, arm-strength, and accuracy of new Jets QB Geno Smith.

Needs to improve…

Chemistry between a QB and WR is developed through time. Majority of the anticipated throws that Geno is able to make, is a credit to the timing and rhythm he has with his wideouts. With that said, Geno Smith is on a new team… The Jets… In the NFL. In other words, he has to start all over. He doesn’t have Tavon Austin or Stephon Bailey. He has Jeremy Kerley and Santonio Holmes. Building chemistry with these two, and the remaining receivers for that matter, will be crucial for Geno in his rookie year, Yeah, he can make all the throws, but timing between the QB/WR will be vital to Geno’s success at the next level. He can always improve, especially as a Rookie.

 

Thanks for reading!

Check back next week, when the Geno Project Vol. III will be published…. Stay tuned!

 

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  • Bennny K

    Rookie QB’s always have it tough but that’s life. If Geno starts do you feel that MM has the ability to develop Geno into a quality QB? What are the chances that MM stays if Rex goes? How will this hurt Geno as a QB for the future? Can’t stand the thought of ruining another QB.

    • TheJetPress

      Great questions Benny. I think MM has excellent abilities developing QBs, as does QB coach David Lee. The trouble is if Rex goes, it probably drops to 50/50 that the coordinator stays. New coaches like to bring in their own guys, and that certainly would be to the detriment of Geno.

      • Bennny K

        Crazy to think this is the first real OC the Jets have had since Charlie Weiss. I hope the Jets excel beyond expectations this year so we can keep our coaches. I really feel like MM can be a major step ahead of what we expect every year and we all know Rex is excellent with the D.

        Cheers.