Discussions and debate have taken place as to whether Geno Smith can be the New York Jets‘ franchise quarterback. 2013’s No. 39 overall pick endured an uneven rookie season, registering only 12 touchdowns along with 21 interceptions in 16 starts. There are reasons for hope, though, as this 8-8 team won three of their last four games. Smith also led five fourth quarter game-winning drives which tied Russell Wilson and Tom Brady for most overall.
Given this positive information one would think that he is on a path to one solid career. Jets general manager John Idzik has declined to name him starting quarterback heading into next season. Idzik said the plan is to evaluate other options.
Before we get to that point the complete lack of explosive weapons hurt Smith’s development. Santonio Holmes likely will be released shortly. That leaves Jeremy Kerley, a solid slot guy, as his most talented wideout. David Nelson brings depth, but no elite offensive threat currently resides on this roster.
Jeff Cumberland and Kellen Winslow represent decent pass catching tight ends, however both are impending free agents.
Top wide receivers in 2014’s Draft are Sammy Watkins, Mike Evans and Marqise Lee. These first two names most likely will be gone when New York gets up at No.18. Lee’s availability is possible. Should another team take him, though, Gang Green must look for alternatives. North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron can block well, but when you break him down one comparison is Vernon Davis.
Ebron also possesses tremendous size and speed to get open in the middle. Solid catching ability makes him an extremely intriguing talent. Smith or whoever starts could benefit from him down the middle, and he might even line up outside at times. I feel wide receiver is a priority, though if all top targets are gone, Ebron should at least receive serious consideration.