As the New York Jets begin their OTAs, quarterback Geno Smith has reportedly looked sharp and ready to finally silence his critics.
As yes everyone, it’s that time of year for fans of the New York Jets. As the warm weather finally arrives and summer is on the horizon, the team already started their organized team activities. Of course the hottest topic across OTAs so far is what exactly will go down at quarterback.
For starters, quarterback Geno Smith has done very well so far. Of course it’s still early but considering that reporters in attendance are saying he’s throwing well and accurately hitting receiving options in stride bodes well for his chances to once again be a starting quarterback.
At this point in time, contract negotiations between the Jets and quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick are still going nowhere. Fitzpatrick wants franchise quarterback kind of money but the Jets are wisely not going to overpay for a player that thrived thanks to being a part of a great system built around him.
Perhaps we got Smith all wrong from the start. Considering he was thrown to the wolves immediately upon arrival back in 2013 more than likely regressed his skill-set since he simply wasn’t ready to be a starting quarterback in the NFL.
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It’s safe to say that during his few years as the Jets’ starting quarterback, the team around him was flat out terrible.
His receiving corps was abysmal, he didn’t have adequate protection in the pocket and the leadership above him were so bad, well, it’s easy to see why they’re not even around anymore.
All this amounts to Smith having a huge chip on his shoulder to once and for all silence his critics.
If Fitzpatrick doesn’t return and it ends up being Smith that earns the starting quarterback spot on the Jets once again, expect an incredible turnaround to his young career.
Overall, with a much-improved wide receiver corps, a potent rushing attack and a flat out scary defense, Smith has everything he needs to thrive and finally put up numbers to prove that he can get the job done. Just like Fitzpatrick did last season with an incredible team built around him, Smith would do even better since he’s younger, has a better arm and knows this is his last chance to deliver.