Geno Smith’s Rookie Minicamp Grade Should Encourage New York Jets

By Nick Mamary
Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Rookies have begun their journey in the NFL. Recently rookie minicamps were underway. These players are either entering with high expectations or in the case of those who were not chosen are simply fighting for a spot on their teams. For a certain highly regarded prospect results should not deter him from what is to come.

New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith graded his first throwing session. The outcome was an “F” which definitely received some attention. As New York’s choice with the 39th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft there is a large burden to thrive. Doubters may look at this and think the franchise could have landed another disappointing quarterback. A grain of salt should be used when analyzing any significance. Reports indicate that Jets head coach Rex Ryan found Smith to be impressive. Accuracy was said to be on display as it was during his time at West Virginia with a completion percentage of 67.4. Focus became getting Smith under center. The Mountaineers use an attack that is mostly based on shotgun formation. Transitioning to the West Coast philosophy does offer a challenge. That is why a negative self-reflection speaks well of this young player.

Smith gained a reputation around the league as arrogant. By holding himself to such a high standard, he is showing a willingness to work hard. Although counterpart Mark Sanchez has struggled mightily as of late, his constant efforts to improve speak to his character. Competition for the starting job will heat up over the next few months. Even though these activities do not mean much in the big picture, Smith has cleared another obstacle on the road to winning the respect of his teammates.


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