It’s Official: Geno Smith Starts Saturday Night for the New York Jets

By Alan Schechter

Aug 17, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) drops back to pass during warmups before a preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Well the conspiracy theorists can finally take a break, at least for a few days.

Rex finally announced, following this morning’s practice session, that the Jets will start Geno Smith on Saturday night against the New York Giants. We all knew this was coming, as he hasn’t gotten much of a shot yet. As long as he was healthy enough to play, he was going to start this game against the Giants in the MetLife Bowl.

Coach Ryan wasn’t clear on what he needs to see from Geno in order to name him the start for week 1 against the Bucs. He said he doesn’t need to “…look like Phil Simms in the Super Bowl”. He went on to say that whomever wins this job is going to have to earn it.

You have to believe that if Geno plays well on Saturday night, it might be enough to unseat Mark Sanchez as the starting quarterback. That is just speculation, we shall see soon enough.

FYI, he also noted that Braylon Edwards is nursing a leg injury which is why he has been out of practice.