Smith took a brutal shot to the knee from Chris Jones and was on the on the floor momentarily before jogging off the field. Michael Vick took over for one play before Smith returned to action early in the fourth quarter. He told reporters after the game he won't need a follow-up MRI exam on his knee, per Newsday.
Down only eight points, Smith bounced back with 10-yard touchdown strike to Jeff Cumberland. He was unable to hook up with his other tight end, Jace Amaro, for the game-tying two-point conversion with 2:31 remaining in the game. Down only two points, he got another chance and orchestrated an 8-play, 48-yard drive which led to a blocked 58-yard field goal as time expired.
Smith compiled 226 yards through the air, 153 of which came in the second half. He completed 20 of 34 pass attempts, adding one touchdown and no interceptions. He was sacked three times and rushed for 37 yards on seven carries in a 27-25 defeat. He has thrown for 1,365 yards with seven touchdowns and seven interceptions this season.
Smith will look to get his team back on track Week 8 at home against the Bills.
Smith completed 11 of 19 passes for 136 yards. He also rushed for 31 yards on six attempts before getting hurt. He'll try to play through the pain the rest of the way for the Jets.
Following another disappointing loss Sunday against the Broncos,
"Obviously, you can look at Mike to add different things," Ryan said, per NJ.com. "But I think Geno's the best way to go right now. That's why I'm comfortable saying he'll be our starter."
The Jets are 1-5 to begin the season and are dead last in passing offense, averaging 182.2 passing yards per game. Smith has thrown more interceptions (seven) than touchdowns (six) through six games.
Smith tossed a 2-yard touchdown pass to breakout tight end Jace Amaro with four minutes left in the first quarter to give his team its only lead of the game and added another 2-yard scoring strike midway through the fourth.
He started strong by hitting eight of his first nine passes, but finished the half just 11 of 18 for 88 yards. He finished 23 of 43 for 190 yards, two scores and a pick-six with 15 seconds remaining in the game that clinched defeat.
Smith and his team won't have much time to recover. They play at New England on Thursday night.
Before being benched Sunday against the Chargers for his poor performance,
On Monday, a Jets spokesman confirmed Smith missed team meetings Saturday, but called it an "honest mistake." The spokesman added Smith "got the times confused" and arrived 5-10 minutes after the meetings ended. He did cover the details of the meeting with with offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg and quarterbacks coach David Lee. The team also said this was the first time Smith missed a meeting.
It's unclear if the Jets punished Smith for missing the meeting. Despite being pulled Sunday, he has already been named the starting quarterback for Week 6 against the Broncos.
|9||11/2/14||@ KC||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 11|
|12||11/23/14||@ BUF||1:00 pm|
|14||12/7/14||@ MIN||1:00 pm|
|15||12/14/14||@ TEN||4:05 pm|
|17||12/28/14||@ MIA||1:00 pm|
|2013||New York Jets||16||16||443||247||55.8||3046||6.88||69||12||21||43/315||43||6||66.5|
|2014||New York Jets||7||7||225||129||57.3||1365||6.07||51||7||7||15/97||15||2||72.5|
|2013||New York Jets||16||16||72||366||5.1||32||6||1||23|
|2014||New York Jets||7||7||34||139||4.1||17||1||0||14|
|2013||New York Jets||16||16||1||13||13.0||13||0||0||0||1|
|2014||New York Jets||7||7||0||0||---||0||0||0||0||0|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
|2013||New York Jets||16||8||4||0||3||0||0||3||0|
|2014||New York Jets||7||6||2||0||4||0||0||4||0|