The New York Jets might head into the regular season with four quarterbacks as rest assured, Geno Smith is not going anywhere.
In their preseason finale against the Philadelphia Eagles, quarterback Bryce Petty, unfortunately, suffered a shoulder injury that kept him out for the rest of the game. It remains to be seen what exactly is wrong as tests are underway but due to this injury, one better believe that quarterback Geno Smith is not going anywhere in the grand scheme of things.
For as much controversy that Smith brought to the table so far in his tenure with the Jets, at this point in time, he’s considered one of the best backups in the NFL. It’s hard to find a backup that has as much starting experience and well, Smith has shown he is capable of running the first-team offense.
Smith might have made a plethora of dumb decisions both on and off the field but at the end of the day, the Jets would be foolish to consider parting ways with him. It wouldn’t make sense to release or trade a player with the regular season on the horizon, especially with one of their developmental backups possibly sidelined due to an injury.
If something should happen to quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, whether injury or a decline in play, there is no one else ready to step in and take care of business besides Smith. Don’t let meaningless preseason football sway your judgement. Petty and rookie quarterback Christian Hackenberg are nowhere near ready to be starters.
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Smith was thrown to the wolves too soon and well, was never developed like how the Jets are doing now with Petty and Hackenberg.
One can only imagine what would have happened if Smith was developed the right way.
Regardless, Smith would play well with the top offensive talent around him and coaching guiding him along the way should his number be called.
Make no mistake about it, Smith isn’t going to be traded or cut anytime soon.
When it comes to the football side of things, it wouldn’t make sense to do so, especially with how the Jets’ quarterback situation dramatically changed after their preseason finale.
Overall, it’s time fans stop booing Smith and understand that he’s just one hit away from being the only option to help win football games. If Fitzpatrick doesn’t live up to expectations and is demoted, there is also no one else besides Smith that has the experience to execute. The Jets would be silly to part ways with him now, especially with this being a contract year for him in which he wants to prove his worth to the masses once and for all.