On Friday night against the New York Giants, Geno Smith showed why was named the team’s starting quarterback. The New York Jets never lost faith in their young QB, but anxious fans began to lose confidence in him after his up and down 2013 season. Following his solid Preseason Week 3 performance, it’s time to jump back on the Smith bandwagon.
Smith looked poised, confident and most of all, a leader in the Jets’ first half against the New York Giants’ first-team defense. Smith was in sync all night long and his favorite target seemed to be the newly-acquired Eric Decker. He looked his way often when they were both on the field and the two almost hooked up for a touchdown deep in the Giants’ end zone. Smith hit Decker with a pin-point pass, but the No. 1 receiver couldn’t bring in the ball all the way to the ground — it was almost a highlight play. Smith finished the first half with 9-of-14 passing, 137 yards and a touchdown to rookie TE Jace Amaro.
Smith should give a lot of credit to the running game and offensive line for his solid performance. Chris Johnson and Chris Ivory looked as if they were both in mid-season form and they ran hard all night long fighting for extra yards and making big plays. The Jets even mixed in a few screens for its top-two backs and both of them went for big gains. Having two running backs who are able to catch the ball out of the backfield will help out Smith if he ever gets in trouble. The Jets’ offensive line played well too, Smith was not sacked during the first half of the game and he had a lot of time to throw the ball and find his open receivers.
Fans have been clamoring for Michael Vick all preseason long, and they still are, but Smith had a little something to say about that on Friday night. Smith is not yet a top-10 or even 15 quarterback in the league, but the potential has always been there.
If Smith can play like hid did on Friday night over the course of a full season, Jets fans should thank GM John Idzik for giving Smith a second chance to prove himself.