Geno Smith, quarterback of the New York Jets, was booed heavily at MetLife Stadium on Saturday during the Green & White Scrimmage.
By Robby Sabo
Who ever said New York City sports fans have a short memory?
Instead, Smith was cascaded with constant boos from Jets faithful after a rocky start under the lights in East Rutherford, New Jersey. He lost a fumble on a strip-sack, threw a near interception, and missed a wide-open Brandon Marshall on an early down.
Smith, however, explained that this isn’t new territory for him, via Rich Cimini of ESPN New York:
“The camera should’ve zoomed in on me; I had a big smile on my face,” Smith said afterward. “You’d think we were on the road today.”
“In two years, I’ve developed some really thick skin,” he said. “I know how to handle it now.”
“That’s when I thrive, man,” Smith said. “That’s when I’m at my best. I’ve been through a lot in two years. Maybe my rookie year, I would’ve hung my head or it might have fazed me or it might have affected me negatively. But at this point, it rolls right off my back.”
This comes after a reported flawless performance by Geno up to this point in camp.
One of the guys who’s been raving about his new quarterback even weighed in on the New York crowd’s impatience.
“I heard about the New York crowd,” said Brandon Marshall, whom the Jets acquired in a trade with the Chicago Bears. “It’s a great crowd, but it can be a tough crowd. We have to do our job and keep them happy and I think we’ll have a chance this year to do that.”
Like we’ve previously mentioned here, none of his training camp or preseason performances will matter. It simply won’t wash away two years of inconsistencies. He’ll have to prove it in September and beyond.
As far as other highlights are concerned, there were plenty.
Marshall decided to beat Antonio Cromartie for this nice touchdown snag by the flag:
Ryan Fitzpatrick found speedster Walter Powell for this long connection:
— New York Jets (@nyjets) August 9, 2015
And last not but certainly not least, Darrelle Revis and Cromartie were announced for their homecoming:
Even New York Knicks first-round draft pick Kristaps Porzingis was in the house checking on some Jets football:
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