There’s something to be said for a mobile QB who’s equipped with a pass-first mentality. It’s a rarity among college QBs who rack up the yardage in a collegiate spread offense.
This is what’s so swell about the idea of Geno Smith. He’s a mobile QB who doesn’t need to rely on his mobility. This is a far cry from what we saw in guys like Robert Griffin III and Colin Kaepernick a few seasons ago when the heavy read-option offenses were still taking NFL defenses by surprise.
Should Geno be the one touching Nick Mangold‘s backside in Week 1 this fall, the read-option can be sprinkled into the offense, and this can only be viewed as a plus. It’s always a tremendous deal to keep the defense honest and on its heels.
Be careful, though, as you should never confuse mobility with pocket awareness. Ryan Fitzpatrick’s sense of the pocket and oncoming rush is ions of levels ahead of Geno’s.
While Fitz is alright in the mobility category, Geno has him beat.
An example of his mobility dominance comes here. In Week 2 of 2014, Geno actually has his foot stepped on, yet is mobile enough to carry out the play-action, take one look in the end-zone, then sprint with high-end speed to the pylon for the first score of the game: