Smith is coming off a torn ACL suffered in Week 7 of last season, but after medical testing revealed no red flags with his condition, the former Jets quarterback has now officially switched his New York colors. According to Smith, he expects be ready by the time training camp rolls around, which bodes well for his chance of securing the Giants' No. 2 gig behind starter Eli Manning, who is yet to miss a single start in his 13-year career due to injury.
The Giants addressed the depth behind starting quarterback Eli Manning by inking journeyman Josh Johnson to a deal earlier in the day, but it now looks like Smith will be the leading contender for top backup duties. After a tumultuous four-year run with the Jets that included only three appearances over his final two seasons with the team while Ryan Fitzpatrick served as the team's primary signal-caller, Smith should face significantly less pressure to perform in joining New York's other team. Manning has been a picture of durability throughout his tenure with the Giants -- having not missed a start due to injury at any point in his career -- so it's likely that any action Smith gets this season will come in the second half of blowouts.
Smith (knee) visited with the Giants on Saturday, the New York Post reports.
A 2013 second-round selection, Smith struggled through the first two years of his rookie contract, and then spent the past two seasons mostly serving as Ryan Fitzpatrick's backup. Smith actually got a shot to replace Fitzpatrick as the starter in Week 7 last season, but the 26-year-old promptly suffered a torn ACL. Smith said he expects to be ready for training camp, with his recovery coming along as expected through five months. He hopes to find a shot to compete for a starting job, but he did admit that he may need to settle for a backup role. The Giants' No. 2 QB from last season, Ryan Nassib (elbow), is an unrestricted free agent who is also recovering from surgery.
Smith received an opportunity to start for the underwhelming Ryan Fitzpatrick in Week 7, only to sustain a torn ACL in the first half of that contest. Such injuries are accompanied by lengthy recoveries, so a September return is on the optimistic side, in most scenarios. Having said that, Smith thinks he'll be healthy by training camp and even stated a willingness to serve as a backup, which would open more doors as he embarks on unrestricted free agency this offseason. Whichever team provides Smith with his next opportunity, there's little doubt that his recovery will impact his potential to play in 2017.
No surprise here, as Smith suffered a torn ACL during the second quarter of the Jets' win over the Ravens in Week 7. With Smith done for the season, Ryan Fitzpatrick is back atop the team's QB depth chart, with Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg slotting in behind him.
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