There is, of course, a lot to like about New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith. You can see on display a big-time arm along with good enough speed to make plays with his feet. One glaring issue that became apparent during the first four games of his career is that his decision-making hurt this team.
His eight interceptions along with three fumbles caused concern among some experts. However, Monday night’s victory against the Atlanta Falcons showed a different perspective. Smith was efficient with 199 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. Jeff Cumberland helped show explosiveness from the tight end position as he caught a beautiful scoring strike.
Once again, Smith led New York down the field to victory as time drew to an end. Although his mistakes have hindered some of Gang Green’s offensive progression by giving away possessions, Smith took some strides on Monday night. Suddenly, he has become clutch to a degree, operating smoothly under pressure.
He looks comfortable in the pocket at times, while other instances proved differently as his throws were forced into double coverage.
A lot of hope has been placed in him, and at least he lived up to these expectations on Monday. Now, I do not think that he can deliver such production every game. However, a tremendous upside resides in him. His ball security must continue to improve like in this contest. His defense likely will keep the Jets close throughout most games. It is the signal-caller’s duty not to put them in bad field position if they get help from receivers.