After a 35-24 loss in the Snoopy Bowl to the New York Giants, the New York Jets finally made the announcement that everyone was expecting. Rex Ryan made it official that Geno Smith will be the Jets’ starting quarterback in Week 1 at home against the Oakland Raiders. Smith has had a good training camp and a good preseason so far, and with just one more game left before the regular season, the Jets were wise to finally make it official.
Smith had his best preseason game in Week 3 against the Giants. He threw for 137 yards on 9 for 14 passing with one touchdown pass. During his time in the game, Smith and the Jets were on top, as he led the team to two scoring drives in the first half. The first drive resulted in a chip shot field goal for Nick Folk, and then Smith’s touchdown pass came in the second quarter to Jace Amaro.
Michael Vick also played well against the Giants, going 4 for 5 with 35 passing yards and a touchdown pass to Eric Decker. Throughout the preseason and training camp, Vick has been an ideal signing for the Jets. Vick was brought in to help mentor, push, and be a solid backup for Geno Smith. He is doing all three of these things, which has resulted in a much different looking 2014 version of Smith.
Smith is a noticeably a much more confident QB and leader of this team in his second year, and with finally being officially announced the starter, it will only help that confidence. As the NFL turns more and more into a passing league, it will be very important for Smith to continue to grow and become the QB that the organization believes he can be. 2014 should be a much more exciting offense to watch for the Jets fans, as it certainly appears that they will be able to score some points and move the football. The Jets’ last preseason game will be against the Philadelphia Eagles, and as always the last preseason game will not see many of the starters for either team to avoid injuries.