Geno Smith is expected to be the No. 2 quarterback for the Jets this season if he beats out rookie Christian Hackenberg for the job. Smith was the backup in 2015 after he lost the job to Ryan Fitzpatrick. He appeared in one game in Week 8 against the Raiders and was solid with 27 of 42 passing for 265 yards, two touchdowns and one interception and 34 rushing yards. We don't expect him to start barring an injury or unless Fitzpatrick doesn't return to New York, but the Jets do have a solid receiving corps led by Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker, which would help his outlook. He should not be drafted in any formats, but if he does get the chance to start then you can add him off waivers.
Smith will enter OTAs atop the quarterback depth chart, head coach Todd Bowles said Saturday. "Without [Ryan Fitzpatrick] being on the team right now, Geno's first-team and then we'll go from there," Bowles said. "Obviously we're still working on a deal if we can get Fitzpatrick back. So until that's addressed and we take care of that situation right now, Geno will go into OTAs as a starter." The Jets drafted quarterback Christian Hackenberg in the second round of the draft on Friday, and he'll likely compete for the backup job with Bryce Petty if the Jets are unable to bring Fitzpatrick back. Smith has failed to show any consistent production during his career, and the Jets are clearly still very much interested in bringing Fitzpatrick back, though the two sides continue to be very far apart on money. If Smith does somehow end up starting in Week 1, he'll at least have the best weapons of his career, with Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker on the outside, Matt Forte out of the backfield and a healthy Jace Amaro.
Smith appeared in one game in 2015 and completed 27-of-42 passes for 265 yards and two touchdowns along with an interception on November 1 against the Raiders. Smith was battling for the Jets starting quarterback job with Ryan Fitzpatrick before breaking his jaw during the preseason. Fitzpatrick went on to have the best season of his career, and Smith only saw the field when a thumb injury forced Fitzpatrick out of the game against the Raiders. Smith is entering the last year of his rookie deal, though his base salary is only $675,000, which should help him to finish out his deal with the Jets, likely as a backup.
Smith (shoulder) is active Sunday against the Jaguars. Smith came into last Sunday's game against the Raiders after Ryan Fitzpatrick suffered a left thumb injury, but Smith was later knocked out himself with the shoulder issue. With Fitzpatrick starting against the Jags, Smith will be holding the clipboard as long as the latter stays healthy.
Smith (shoulder) is probable for Sunday's game. Ryan Fitzpatrick (thumb) also earned a probable designation on the team's final injury report, so Smith will likely slot in as the No. 2 QB on the depth chart. The 25-year-old was excellent in relief of the aforementioned Fitzpatrick, throwing for 265 yards and two touchdowns in Week 8's contest against the Raiders, but he should continue to take a reserve role with the team as long as Fitzpatrick is healthy.
Smith (left shoulder) practiced fully Wednesday. As did fellow QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, who was already announced as the Jets' starter for Sunday's game against the Jaguars. Smith's full practice participation Wednesday does however set the stage for him to be available to serve as the team's No. 2 QB this weekend.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/25||@Kansas City Chiefs||6||18.00|
|10||11/13||Los Angeles Rams||10||18.56|
|12||11/28||New England Patriots||16||19.78|
|14||12/11||@San Francisco 49ers||7||18.06|
|16||12/24||@New England Patriots||16||19.78|
|3 Year Avg||57.7||1945||9||12||213||2||152|