With the New York Jets, the pressure is on Geno Smith to prove he is the answer for them at quarterback and he has a great situation to take advantage of this season.
Quarterback Geno Smith is entering his fourth NFL season with the New York Jets and for sure his career has been a rollercoaster. Smith has showed plenty of potential to be a franchise quarterback, but at the same time has shown why he may not ever be the answer for the Jets.
With free agent quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick still unsigned, Smith is the next in line to take over the starting job. Smith knows he has a lot to prove and is motivated to prove his doubters wrong and will.
It would be difficult to find a quarterback that would not want to enter a situation with an offensive skill group of Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker and Matt Forte. If Jace Amaro and Devin Smith can emerge, the potential of the Jets’ offense will be even higher than it already is.
Smith has never worked with offensive talent this good arguably since his West Virginia days. Smith reached 3,046 yards passing in his rookie season with a receiving corps that consisted of veteran journeymen David Nelson and Greg Salas.
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Smith passed for over 4,000 yards twice in his time at West Virginia.
Smith’s West Virginia days are clearly behind him and the Jets’ offense is clearly different from his college one, but it shows the potential for Smith is there when surrounded with talented play-makers.
Offensive coordinator Chan Gailey has worked wonders with the quarterbacks he’s had in his time coaching in the NFL.
Smith has not shown what he can potentially do in Gailey’s system and has the size and arm strength wanted in an NFL starting quarterback. Again, there is potential in Smith panning out in Gailey’s offensive system.
Smith had an entire season to analyze the game from the sideline and spent plenty of time in the film room breaking down the game. He is eager to get back into action and prove to his doubters he belongs as the starting quarterback of the Jets.
It is a tough pill for Jets fans to swallow to bet on all the potential of Smith based on his past play with the team. At his current price, it makes too much sense for the Jets to bet on this potential for at least one season with 2016 second-round draft pick Christian Hackenberg waiting in the wings. Smith is in a contract year as well and will want to prove he is worth another NFL contract.
This is the best situation Smith has been put in during his time with the Jets. It will be up to him to prove to everyone that he can be a franchise quarterback in the NFL and the opportunity is right in front of him to seize.