After a somewhat lethargic few weeks for rookie signings, we've really seen things pick up as 2013 NFL training camps get under way -- the Jets are the latest team to make some noise on the signing front, having inked quarterback Geno Smith to a contract.
The team announced the signing Monday morning and it's a four-year deal worth about $5 million according to ESPN New York's Rich Cimini.
Smith was taken by the Jets in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft after a precipitous freefall out of the first round led to some draft-day awkwardness. (The Jets actually passed on him twice in the first round.)
And the rookie quarterback, who put up phenomenal stats under Dana Holgorsen at West Virginia, has been the subject of plenty of criticism since, including a stupid amount of over-scrutiny on Smith's offseason interaction with Mark Sanchez.
Despite all that, Smith believes he has a "great shot" to win the Jets starting quarterback job out of the gate.
"I feel like I have a great shot," Smith told the Charleston Gazette-Mail. "I did a pretty good job overall of just adapting to the [Jets'] system and playbook and felt very comfortable with it by the end of OTAs [organized team activities] and mandatory [mini-] camp [in May and June]."
I'm on record saying that the Jets shouldn't let Smith win the starting job, if only for the long-term success of his career. I agree with Pete Prisco's mantra of "play the young guy" just about 90 percent of the time, but with Sanchez locked down financially, Rex Ryan potentially on the hot seat and no real offensive weapons to speak of for Smith, I like the idea of letting Sanchez play the sacrificial lamb for 2013 while the rookie learns.
But that might not matter if Smith, signed ahead of first-round picks Dee Milliner and Sheldon Richardson and a lock to join New York for the start of their training camp on July 26, can come out strong during the Jets training camp and preseason.