A few weeks ago even I was skeptical as to whether or not Geno Smith could come off of a rough rookie year unscathed. But he’s been performing really well in the preseason this year.
I’ve been pleasantly surprised by his versatility and in his accuracy. Smith has a nice long ball and he throws well with the short ball.
I like that Smith, as a quarterback, doesn’t mind running the ball when he sees that nothing is open, similar to Michael Vick.
And Smith isn’t careless when he runs. He slides before he gets hit and he slides feet first so that he doesn’t injure his upper body.
Not to keep rehashing his rookie year, but if we face facts, his was incredibly similar both to Mark Sanchez’s and Eli Manning’s rookie years. But, I think this year we’ll see Smith come out guns blazing.
Smith has a pretty good offensive line this year to protect him from linebackers rushing him to sack him. They can keep defenders away and it reduces the pressure on him so he can find the best player to pass the ball to. And his receivers are all looking good because they can catch the ball, except for Stephen Hill.
This isn’t to say he doesn’t have things he still needs to work on. I think his red zone work needs to be polished up. But that’s also because we seem to rely on Zach Sudfeld to get the touchdown. Which, makes sense since he’s 6’7”, but Smith can’t seem to connect with him.
In Friday night’s game, Sudfeld was covered by someone who was around 6’ and he couldn’t catch the touchdown. He and Smith need to work on their chemistry and then things will really get going for the New York Jets.
Overall, Smith is looking much more comfortable this year. He’s more versatile, accurate with his throws and quicker in making his reads. I really believe Smith is going to play well this season and he’ll be a key player in bringing home those wins for the Jets.