New York Jets QB Geno Smith was named the team’s starting quarterback for the regular season a week ago. With this second chance, Smith has the opportunity to drastically improve his passer rating this season.
In his debut season in 2013, Smith didn’t look so hot. Twelve touchdowns and 21 interceptions led up to a passer rating of 66.5 percent by season’s end and disgruntled Jets fans (aren’t they always). You can chalk it up to rookie nerves or a lack of offensive weapons if you want. But one thing’s for sure: both of those factors are gone this year. Fellow teammates have been raving about Smith’s new-found confidence and poise when in the pocket and when calling plays. Quarterback coach David Lee also proclaimed that Smith’s ball security has greatly improved, saying, “That’s probably been the No. 1 most encouraging thing,” about Smith’s offseason progression (nj.com).
In addition to all of that soul-searching and self-improvement, it’s undeniable that Smith has more to work with this season. WR Eric Decker is an experienced and reliable receiver. Last year with the Denver Broncos, he’s racked up 11 touchdowns and 1,288 receiving yards, 12th in the NFL. The next Jets player on that list was WR Jeremy Kerley…ranked in 86th place. Next, Smith has RB Chris Johnson, who will prove to be a great backfield weapon. Johnson had 1,077 rushing yards last season, ranked 11th in the NFL. RB Chris Ivory wasn’t too far off with 833 yards and a 19th place medal. With both of those guys are running options, the Jets’ offense should be alright. Smith can drop a pass off to either of them on a third-and-short play. Lastly, Smith’s got big tight ends at his disposal. Rookie TE Jace Amaro has been making waves this preseason and will be nice to have in the slot. TE Zach Sudfeld is also a huge body and will help with blocking.
Geno’s got a solid entourage this season. His passer rating can only go up if he’s able to give these guys the ball.