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New York Jets QB Geno Smith Comes Through vs. Cleveland Browns

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There has been so much scrutiny around New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith. It is forgotten sometimes that he is only a rookie. Issues with reading pass coverage and turnovers have created doubts as to whether Smith represents this franchises’ future. Well, simply going by today, there seems to be some progress. Completing 20 of 36 passes for 214 yards, and two touchdowns while running for another score, showed versatility. Given time in the pocket, which actually happened on Sunday he was able to make plays. Arm strength never was in question for Smith who throws with velocity.

Mobility also offers a tremendous physical tool. David Nelson helped him out by delivering two touchdowns. Santonio Holmes did nothing significant once again, so his best option has not come through. Jeremy Kerley opened the middle of the field. Playoffs are not an option for Gang Green, but there is something to be said for effort. Remaining atop New York’s depth chart entering 2014 is priority. Matt Simms and David Garrard don’t offer much of a threat, but general manager John Idzik will almost certainly add at least one signal caller. I’m not sure this happens in the first round of this year’s Draft, but something probably happens.

To be fair, Smith did not have a turnover on Sunday. This ball security does demonstrate improvement. If you want to be extra optimistic, he has posted two solid outings in three games. His entire body of work will be questioned, but the fact he didn’t give up is promising.

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