New York Jets second round pick Geno Smith finally had his chance to show what he could do during last night’s pre-season game against the Giants. What he showed was he isn’t ready to be the guy to lead this team right now.
Smith played like a true rookie throwing 3 interceptions and running out of the back of the end zone for a safety. Somewhere Dan Orlovsky is smiling.
At least Geno knew he messed up. Orlovsky kept running and had no clue for a good few seconds.
Geno’s first interception was thrown behind rookie receiver Ryan Spadola allowing Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara to get his hands on it.
The next two were worse. Smith’s 2nd interception came after he was being rushed hard by the Giants. Geno rushed his throw overthrowing Kellen Winslow and throwing the ball right to Giants safety Stevie Brown. Smith heard the footsteps and got rid of the ball faster than he should have, something that should improve over time (Cross your fingers).
The 3rd pick showed Smith’s difficulties reading opposing defenses. Giants defensive end Justin Tuck dropped into coverage, and Smith had no idea. On a pass intended for Jeff Cumberland, Smith ended up throwing the ball right to Tuck for an interception. He never even saw him.
Recognizing a defensive end dropping into coverage is another thing that should improve over time. (Again, cross your fingers)
Aside from the turnovers, Smith completed 16/30 passes (53% completion percentage) for 199 yards and a touchdown that came on his 2nd series of the game. He led a 2nd touchdown drive in the 3rd quarter capped off by a Bilal Powell 2-yard touchdown run. Smith’s rating for the game was a not too shabby 45.7.
Smith was way too mistake prone in this one to win the starting job, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing for his future. The Jets begin the season with 2 games in 5 days, and the team might be better off starting a veteran in that spot as opposed to a rookie.
That is also a problem because Rex Ryan made a decision to bring Mark Sanchez into the game following Geno Smith’s 3 plus quarters of work.
On Sanchez’s 2nd drive, he was hit hard by Giants defensive tackle Marvin Austin hurting his shoulder. Sanchez left the game and the severity of his injury is not yet known, he reportedly did tell teammates he was fine, but the team is still awaiting results of his MRI.
If Sanchez is out for an extended period, that would mean Geno Smith would likely be the guy to open the season as the starter. That’s a scary proposition because he showed in this one he clearly isn’t ready.
The most effective Jets quarterback of the game though was Matt Simms who came on in relief for Sanchez in the 4th quarter. Matt channelled his inner Phil throwing for 120 yards on 6/10 passing including a 22-yard dart of a touchdown pass to Ryan Spadola that gave the Jets the lead.
In overtime, he set the Jets up for a game winning field goal hitting Spadola again for a 70-yard completion. Billy Cundiff sent everyone home with a 39-yard game-winner.