New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith fell out of the spotlight once Ryan Fitzpatrick ran away with the starting job due to Smith’s jaw incident. Smith made one appearance in a loss against the Oakland Raiders when Fitzpatrick left the game due to injury.
Smith has one year left on his rookie contract and the Jets can let him finish out his contract as the backup or try and trade Smith for a late round draft pick. Smith has a huge advantage to backup quarterback Bryce Petty, but Smith is not tied to this new regime like Petty.
General manager Mike Maccagnan is optimistic on Petty as a solid backup quarterback for the Jets. “We feel, ability-wise, he can definitely be a quality No. 2 (quarterback), The rest is kind of up to him. He has the physical ability to potentially be a starting-caliber quarterback, but he still has to do it on the field and in the preseason, so we can kind of see where he’s at. We’re excited to work with him,” stated Maccagnan.
Jets owner Woody Johnson has not given up hope on Smith’s prospects in the league. “Geno, I think, had a pretty good year,” Johnson said. “We will see in the summer how he (does) but I think the coaches are pretty optimistic about what he has learned and maturity. I think he has taken it to a new level and we will see how it plays out.”
The Jets should let Smith finish out his rookie deal with the team. He is a valuable backup with starting experience to Ryan Fitzpatrick who will likely be resigned by the team. If a quarterback needy team does comes calling about Smith and is willing to part with a late round draft pick, then the Jets must consider this option as well.