Geno Smith QB NYJ 2 weeks ago

New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith is expected to miss the first four games of the regular season as he continues to recover from a jaw injury, according to ESPN. Smith underwent surgery to repair a broken jaw following a locker room fight earlier this month and was given a recovery timetable of 6-to-10 weeks. Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan stated that there is a chance the 24-year-old could be placed on short-term injured reserve, which would keep him out until Week 8 of the regular-season. Veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick is expected to step in as the starter for as long as Smith is sidelined, and his play could factor into how quickly the team is willing to bring the latter back. The relatively inexperienced duo of Bryce Petty and Jake Heaps will back Fitzpatrick up for the time being, while the team is also working out free-agent quarterback Matt Flynn.

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New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith underwent jaw surgery Thursday after he was injured in a fight with a teammate earlier this week, according to Newsday. Smith's jaw was broken Tuesday when linebacker IK Enemkpali punched him in a locker room altercation. Smith is expected to be out six to 10 weeks. The 24-year-old elected to have plates and screws inserted to complete the procedure, which generally results in a speedier recovery, rather than having his jaw wired shut. Veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick is expected to step in as the team's starting quarterback after Smith took most of the first-team reps early in training camp. Rookie Bryce Petty will back up Fitzgerald unless another quarterback is brought in for the short term. The earliest Smith return is Week 3, but head coach Todd Bowles said he will not necessarily return to the starting job once healthy.

Geno Smith QB NYJ 3 weeks ago15 Comments

New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith suffered a broken jaw on Tuesday and is expected to be out 6-to-10 weeks, according to ESPN. Smith sustained the injury when he was sucker-punched in the locker room by linebacker Ikemefuna Enemkpali, who was immediately released by the team. The 24-year-old was the front-runner to begin the season as the team's starting quarterback ahead of veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick and rookie Bryce Petty, but he will now miss the remainder of training camp and the early part of the regular season. Fitzpatrick will now step in as the starter after throwing for 2,483 yards, 17 touchdowns and eight interceptions in 12 starts with the Houston Texans last season. Smith increased his touchdown total by one and threw eight fewer interceptions last year than he did during his rookie season, but his development could be hindered by Tuesday's incident.

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Smith will likely get at least half of the 2015 season to prove his worth as the Jets' starting quarterback, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports.

Head coach Todd Bowles established at the start of OTAs that Smith was going to be the team's first-team quarterback heading into training camp, but veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick has been impressive in the early goings. Nevertheless, the Jets will still give Smith the opportunity to impress, especially since he now has Brandon Marshall at his disposal to go along with Eric Decker this season.

Geno Smith QB NYJ 3 months ago

Coach Todd Bowles confirmed that Smith will head into training camp as the Jets' first-team quarterback and will receive the majority of the team's practice reps, ESPN.com reports.

While Bowles introduced the notion that Ryan Fitzpatrick, Matt Simms and rookie Bryce Petty will compete against Smith for the team's top QB job this summer, as it stands, the assignment is Smith's "to lose."

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Offensive coordinator Chan Gailey relayed Wednesday that Smith is on track to remain the Jets' starting quarterback, ESPN's Rich Cimini reports.

Per the report, Gailey notes that it was "never a thought" for the team to have a quarterback competition between Smith and veteran addition Ryan Fitzpatrick in training camp. In any case, despite throwing 34 interceptions over his first two pro seasons, Smith will remain the Jets' presumed top QB in the absence of an injury. In an effort to provide Smith with added pass-catching weapons this coming season, the Jets traded for veteran wideout Brandon Marshall and drafted the speedy Devin Smith in the second round of the NFL draft. The newcomers will bolster a pass-catching corps that returns wideouts Eric Decker and Jeremy Kerley, as well as a pair of capable tight ends in Jeff Cumberland and Jace Amaro.

Geno Smith QB NYJ 5 months ago

Jets head coach Todd Bowles said Smith will get the first-team reps at the start of training camp, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.

Bowles said it will be up to Smith to keep the job, which in this case means fending off Ryan Fitzpatrick (leg). Smith had a huge game against the Dolphins to close out the 2014 campaign, but Fitzpatrick had the better overall season, despite being benched by the Texans. The veteran should have plenty of time to recover from the fractured leg he suffered in December.

Geno Smith QB NYJ 8 months ago

Smith completed 20-of-25 passes for 358 yards and three touchdowns during Sunday's 37-24 win over the Dolphins. He also added 18 rushing yards on five carries but lost a fumble.

Smith connected with eight different receivers, throwing touchdowns passes to Chris Ivory, Jeff Cumberland and Eric Decker, the latter of whom was on the receiving end of Smith's longest touchdown pass of his career (74 yards). It's tough to read too much into the performance with regard to Smith's future in New York, though he did carve up a Dolphins defense that was allowing the third-fewest passing yards per game this season. Smith's season ends with 2,167 yards, 10 touchdowns and 13 interceptions in 13 games, and he will most likely have to battle for the starting job next season, regardless of whether the Jets bring in someone new to compete with him.

Geno Smith QB NYJ 8 months ago

Smith completed 17-of-27 passes for 210 yards, with one touchdown and one interception during Sunday's loss to the Patriots.

Smith connected with eight different receivers, though none of them finished with even 55 yards. He threw his lone touchdown pass to tight end Jeff Cumberland, marking the third game in a row he's thrown exactly one score. In fact, Smith has just one game all season with multiple passing touchdowns (Week 6 against the Broncos), and he's thrown for at least 255 yards just once (Week 3 against the Bears). He'll get the start in the season-finale against the Dolphins, though a breakout is unlikely against a defense allowing the third-fewest passing yards per game this season.

Geno Smith QB NYJ 9 months ago

Smith completed 16-of-28 passes for 179 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's wild 16-11 win at Tennessee. He also ran four times for 16 yards.

Smith took a funky-looking safety in the second quarter, but didn't play too badly, not committing a turnover, while taking three sacks. His lone touchdown pass was to fullback John Conner on fourth down late in the third quarter. It was poetic justice for Smith, as it had appeared that he threw a long touchdown to Eric Decker on the same drive in which Conner scored (Decker's TD was overturned because he stepped out of bounds). The young QB hasn't looked terrible in two games since the Jets took the handcuffs off him, after an embarrassing home loss to the Dolphins in Week 13. Next week, Smith will face the Patriots, who he had success against in a 27-25 loss on Oct. 16.