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New York Jets: The Tempting Positives & Overwhelming Negatives Of Geno Smith

Geno Smith Positives


When thinking of Geno Smith, toughness is the first quality that comes to mind. This is not the norm for most people who start listing Geno qualities.

How about that hit he took last season in Oakland?

Though he got absolutely destroyed by David Amerson, Geno got right back up as if nothing had happened.

Moreover, the way Geno hangs tough in the pocket when a rusher is bearing down on him, is extremely valuable. Unlike most young QBs, he’s willing to take a hit to deliver a strike downfield.


Don’t be confused. Geno Smith isn’t a read-option quarterback. He’s not of the ilk that a Robert Griffin III or Colin Kaepernick are.

Smith is a classic pocket passer who has mobile attributes.

He’s speedy, shifty and has great ability in and around the pocket. It’s his awareness that leaves a lot to be desired.

Arm Strength:

Geno’s arm strength will never be confused with a Jeff George, but is most definitely above average.

From a raw ability standpoint, there isn’t a throw he can’t make.


At only 25-years old, having a Smith working well as a franchise QB can only be considered a positive.


He’s still working on his rookie contract. In 2016, Geno’s overall cap hit is just $1.597 million. This is a far better number to work with when compared to what Ryan Fitzpatrick is looking for.

Late Game Magic?

I understand it’s now a full two seasons ago, but don’t forget what this guy did during his rookie season.

In Week 1, his first start in the NFL, Smith took the Jets on a game-winning drive against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Sure, he was helped out by a nonsensical LaVonte David late-hit out-of-bounds, but he pulled one out of the fire in his very first taste of the NFL.


Then, just a few weeks later, he pulled off another game-winning drive in Atlanta against Matt Ryan and the Falcons on Monday Night Football:


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