New York Jets: Geno Smith Must Elevate Level of Play in Final 7 Games

By Nick Mamary
Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Flashes of brilliance have been demonstrated by New York Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith. He plays with great athleticism, using speed to break running plays. Arm strength also marks one of Smith’s strong suits that set him apart from previous starter Mark Sanchez. Smith can make every throw you could possibly look for in an offense.

Sadly, last season’s rookie class created unrealistic expectations that he would thrive right away. In this case, progression usually takes some time, unlike someone like Andrew Luck who was fantastic right away. Decision-making has sometimes gotten New York’s first-year signal caller in trouble at times when he tries to make too much happen. Truth be told, this practice really is admirable. Through nine games of 2013, Smith’s stat line stands at eight touchdowns along with 13 interceptions. These numbers are not exactly ideal and show that turnovers could be an issue. More scores need to happen as well because he is not averaging one touchdown per contest. A higher rate of throwing scores would elevate this offense to another level. Receiver health is about to improve as Santonio Holmes prepares for his return. Jeremy Kerley is also expected to return at some point. Skill level of these targets suddenly has a chance to be better than expected. New York potentially can hang around the AFC Playoff race but they need steady production from their signal caller. Head coach Rex Ryan counts on him while a decision about the future has yet to be made. .

Nick Mamary is a New York Jets writer for Follow him on Twitter @NickMamary1, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google

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