It wasn’t perfect, but New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith played well enough in his regular season debut Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The rookie went 24-38 for 256 yards with a touchdown and an interception. His decision-making looked slightly uneven at first as Smith did not seem sure where to look. As action continued, he settled into rhythm.
Of course, it did not hurt that Kellen Winslow provided solid production. New York’s tight end collected seven receptions including a touchdown pass.
Even after this victory, Gang Green insists that this is an open quarterback competition. Everyone knows how Mark Sanchez missed Sunday’s game due an injured shoulder. Multiple reports state tremendous uncertainly surrounding his health. ESPN had earlier said that New York thought it could be a torn labrum. This would be considered serious.
If Sanchez is able to return by Week 3, more controversy would follow. Even though Smith looked confused during that pick, such mistakes will happen. When he fumbled, it appeared that anyone could have that happen to them. It was a hard hit from behind that led to this turnover.
Trailing with just over 30 seconds to go, Smith demonstrated poise in the pocket. Yes, Bucs linebacker Lavonte David helped by getting called for a late hit, but running towards the sideline proved to be smart. Smith probably would have started Thursday against the New England Patriots anyway, but this start showed that he deserves it.