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New York Jets: Ranking The Best Case QB Scenarios For 2016

5. Geno Smith (QB-NYJ)

  • 25-years old, 6’3”, 218 lbs.
  • 39th overall selection, 2013 (NYJ)
  • NFL Career: 11-18 record, 5,836 yards, 27 TD, 35 INT
  • Contract: 1-year remaining, $1,597,146 cap hit in 2016

Starting us off is a guy some want to see get another shot behind center.

To say Geno Smith brings a wide variety of emotions to the Jets fan’s table would be the understatement of the decade. Despite his poor play on the field, he has split the fanbase into fans who are pro-Geno and anti-Geno.

The main reason for this comes courtesy of John Idzik.

Geno played with a cast of characters around him who were less than stellar. Actually, they were terrible. When Jeremy Kerley represents a No. 1 target on an offense, the young QB might struggle.


For our purposes today, Geno comes in at the No. 5 spot. He’s already on the roster and still on his rookie contract. His cap hit of $1,597,146 is simply peanuts in comparison to some of the other options.

However, money is meaningless if the production on the field isn’t there. While Geno does provide many positives by way of mobility and toughness – especially when standing the pocket and delivering a strike while a defender is bearing down on him – what’s between the ears is very questionable.

And let’s be honest: Geno didn’t exactly pay the organization back the right way after he was named the starter heading into the 2015 season. Avoiding the IK Enemkpali situation would have been a more fruitful path to head down.

Putting aside the questionable leadership abilities, his deplorable decision-making makes it impossible to put him higher than No. 5, despite how comfy it makes the cap.

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