During the offseason, Geno Smith wanted to make sure he improved many of his mechanics to prepare for his sophomore season. The New York Jets quarterback took part in many offseason programs to help bolster his speed, accuracy and most importantly his on-field decisions. He went to a quarterback camp a few weeks after the NFL season was over to ensure that this time around he wouldn’t be leading the league in interceptions thrown.
It’s a testament to the work ethic Smith embodies. Even though he’s usually calm, cool and collected on the field, he’s been incredibly focused on the bigger picture that’s in front of him. It’s not easy being a quarterback in the NFL, let alone one playing in the biggest sports market in the world. Despite being thrown to the wolves in his rookie season, Smith handled everything in stride. He learned a lot in his first season and can only improve as the years pass.
Before OTAs and minicamps started, many believed the Jets would have an open competition at quarterback between Smith and Michael Vick. The original plan was to have Vick come in and help develop Smith towards greatness. So far, Smith has exceeded expectations as he’s passing the ball with great precision and has been the vocal leader of the Jets’ offense. Smith has improved so much that he’s going to get about 75 percent of the first-team reps come training camp.
Could Smith have a breakout season with the Jets considering all the new offensive weapons the team acquired during the offseason?
The Jets made sure to surround Smith with plenty of talent to continue his progression since they will go back to a ground-and-pound offense like the one that worked extremely well many years ago. With this commitment of a true running game on offense, Smith will be put in a more conservative role to put him in a better position to succeed. Not to mention, the Jets made sure to dramatically upgrade the wide receiver corps through free agency and the 2014 NFL Draft.
Now with athletes on the Jets like Chris Johnson, Eric Decker, Jace Amaro and Jalen Saunders just to name a few, Smith now has the offensive upgrades needed to turn the team into a playoff contender. With Smith playing faster, stronger and above all smarter, he can only improve from last season. Expect to see a new and improved Smith, the likes of which can only bode well for the Jets and their hopes of bringing the team back into contention.