When Geno Smith was drafted in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft, New York Jets fans were filled with hope. After an uneven year from fourth year starter Mark Sanchez, many fans seemed ready for a change under center. Smith was rated by many pundits as the top quarterback in the draft.
Well, hindsight is 20/20 as 2013 turned out to be a historically bad quarterback class. Throughout his Jet career, the West Virginia product has been a mixed bag. Smith’s tenure has included some great moments, some awful moments and of course, an unpaid $600 plane ticket.
In four seasons with the Jets, Geno Smith has thrown for 28 touchdowns, 36 interceptions, 5,962 yards and a 57.9 completion percentage. This adds up to a well-below-average 72.4 passer rating.
What he did in 2016
Smith appeared in just two games in 2016. He entered the Jets’ 28-3 Monday night loss to Arizona and completed four passes on six attempts with an interception.
The next game against Baltimore, Geno got the start. He lasted four drives completing four of eight passes for 95 yards and a touchdown before taking a sack early in the second quarter. That sack proved to be a costly one for the Miami, Florida native. After much speculation, it was revealed the next day that Smith had torn his ACL, effectively ending his season.
What could be his role in 2017?
With Ryan Fitzpatrick’s Jet career ending, Geno Smith would be the most experienced quarterback on the Jets’ roster. If Gang Green doesn’t take a quarterback in the first round of this year’s draft, the Jets may represent one of Smith’s best chances to be a starting quarterback.
Granted, the Jets will still have project quarterbacks Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg on the roster. However, Petty was painfully unimpressive in the six games he appeared in and Hackenberg has yet to play a single down in the National Football League.
Therefore, assuming Smith has fully recovered from his ACL injury, he may actually be one of the Jets’ best options to start at quarterback. At the very least, he’d make a serviceable backup.
What’s he worth?
Geno Smith’s value is at an all time low. He hasn’t been the starting quarterback since 2014 and he’s coming off of a season ending injury.
In case you haven’t been keeping up, the Jets have been cleaning house. They’ve saved a lot of money by cutting former franchise cornerstones Darrelle Revis and Nick Mangold. They have also released Nick Folk and Breno Giacomini, saving millions of dollars in cap space. So the cap should not be an issue if the Jets do want to reunite with Smith.
Should he stay or should he go?
Geno still believes that he can be a starting NFL quarterback. Many teams think otherwise.
The Jets’ approach 2017 with nothing but uncertainty at the quarterback position. With weaknesses all over the field, the Jets may not be in the position to go after a franchise quarterback just yet.
With that being said, it wouldn’t hurt to take a flyer on Geno Smith. Even if the Jets don’t plan on starting him, the experienced signal caller can still serve as a solid insurance policy.
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