As the New York Jets await the start of training camp, quarterback Geno Smith gives them the very best chance to win considering the other options currently on the team.
Last year, quarterback Geno Smith was sidelined to start the season due to a broken jaw injury thanks to the hands of a teammate over an altercation involving money. Not only did he lose the starting job he earned during training camp that summer, he was mostly on the sideline throughout 2015.
The time away from the spotlight undoubtedly had an impact on not only his mindset but it enabled him to learn from the sideline while watching quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick break records on the field.
Being able to absorb a new offensive playbook by Chan Gailey also gave him a better understanding for this upcoming season. At this point in time, contract negotiations with Fitzpatrick are going nowhere and considering the other options the Jets have at quarterback, Smith actually gives them the best chance to win plenty of football games once the games that actually matter are here.
Quarterback Bryce Petty has done well so far learning in his rookie year in the NFL but he’s nowhere near ready to be a starter. Realistically, he’s about another year or two away before being in the conversation to even be considered a starting quarterback.
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While excitement is in the air for the potential that newly drafted quarterback Christian Hackenberg has, remember, he’s a developmental kind of player.
Hackenberg needs to be trained, developed and coached before he’s ready to handle life in the NFL.
Unlike Petty, Hackenberg realistically is two to three years away from being considered a starting option for the Jets. The potential is there but at this point in time, he’s not anywhere near ready to start in 2016.
The Jets don’t have the greatest salary cap situation and can’t exactly go out and acquire another veteran starting quarterback.
At the end of the day, Smith will finally be surrounded by top talent and a high quality coaching regime ready to put him in a position to succeed. He’s never had a supporting cast like this ever before in his pro career and well, he has the arm strength and skill-set to make sure the Jets continue their momentum from last year.
Overall, it’s best the Jets move on from this entire Fitzpatrick saga and focus on the task at hand. Besides their quarterback situation, the Jets have to finalize their roster during training camp and preseason football to ensure they field the best team possible. Except this time, the goal is a ticket to the NFL Playoffs and if everything falls into place, Smith will put up a memorable season and lead the charge.