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Geno Smith | QB | New York Jets
Posted: 3/25/2014 2:04pm et
New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan indicated that QB Geno Smith will enter offseason practices in the early lead in the quarterback competition between QB Michael Vick, and Smith will work with the first team when practices start next month. However, Ryan isn't ruling out Vick as the Week 1 starter when the season comes. 'It's going to be really interesting to watch that competition unfold. I've said this before -- Geno Smith is going to be hard to beat out,' Ryan said. Ryan also said the team may have personnel packages that include both quarterbacks.
Huddle Up: Another offseason, another QB tussle in Jets camp. To win the job, Smith is going to have to improve, most specifically reducing his AFC QB-high 26 turnovers from last season. At the same time, he only had one 300-yard passing game.

Posted: 2/20/2014 10:11pm et
New York Jets general manager John Idzik said the team would not be opposed to having another quarterback competition this summer between QB Geno Smith and QB Mark Sanchez.
Huddle Up: Cue the circus music -- we could have Smith-Sanchez II playing in the Big Apple's big tent again this training camp. Before that happens though, Sanchez would likely have to take a pay cut as he's scheduled to count $13.1 million against the cap this coming season.

Posted: 1/18/2014 3:00pm et
New York Jets QB Geno Smith was asked to leave an airplane after he did not take off his headphones when he was told to do so by a flight attendant and was considered a threat. It is believed Smith did not take off his headphones initially because he did not hear the request. Smith was questioned by airport police at the gate but was not arrested and no incident report was filed.
Huddle Up: Sounds like much ado about nothing, but because it's Geno Smith it makes the news. Unless Roger Goodell uses this incident to crack down on Beats by Dre, this is a non-story.

Posted: 12/31/2013 6:34pm et
New York Jets general manager John Idzik said the team plans to look at quarterbacks in the offseason even though QB Geno Smith started every game this year and improved late in the season. Head coach Rex Ryan stopped short of saying Smith would be the starter heading into training camp next year. 'We're all excited about having Geno as part of the New York Jets,' Idzik said, 'but we will always look to improve any position.' Smith said he has a 'bright future' with the team despite finishing with a league-low passer rating of 66.5 in his rookie season.
Huddle Up: Smith's passing numbers definitely need some work, and maybe putting some better pass-catching talent around him will make the most difference. Smith, though, belongs on fantasy-draft radars because of his rushing ability as he finished eighth among QBs with 366 rushing yards in 2013 and matched Cam Newton with a QB league-high 6 rushing TDs.

Posted: 12/2/2013 10:55am et
New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan benched QB Geno Smith after the first half of the Week 13 game against the Miami Dolphins. Smith completed just four of his 10 passes for 29 yards, no touchdowns and one interception. QB Matt Simms replaced him, completing nine of his 18 pass attempts for 79 yards, no touchdowns and a pick.
Huddle Up: After struggling throughout November, December was just as rough for Smith. Simms wasn't much better, and it remains to be seen what the Jets' plan is going forward.

Posted: 11/25/2013 5:39pm et
New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan said QB Geno Smith will be the starting quarterback Week 13.
Huddle Up: We're not sure if this is a good or bad thing for that offense. The way things have gone in recent weeks, we're thinking "bad."

Posted: 11/25/2013 4:29pm et
New York Jets QB Geno Smith said he expects to start Week 13 but has not been told by the coaches that he will get the start.

Posted: 11/25/2013 1:01am et
New York Jets QB Geno Smith managed just four completions for 42 yards in the Week 12 game against the Baltimore Ravens. He also threw two interceptions, giving him 18 for the season. After posting a 10.1 passer rating last week, he posted a 14.7 passer rating against the Ravens. Head coach Rex Ryan would not commit to Smith as his starter after the game.
Huddle Up: This is becoming a trend for Smith, who has not played well for several weeks. This is going to affect all the fantasy players in that offense.

Posted: 11/17/2013 9:04pm et
New York Jets QB Geno Smith struggled in Week 11 against the Buffalo Bills, completing just eight of his 23 pass attempts for 103 yards, no touchdowns and three interceptions. One of the interceptions was returned for a score. Smith has combined for just 377 passing yards with no touchdowns and five interceptions over the past three games. 'With that protection, you could've had Joe Namath back there and I don't think it would've mattered today,' head coach Rex Ryan said Sunday, Nov. 17. 'Obviously, when you turn the ball over four times, that's a poor performance.'
Huddle Up: Ryan is going to stick with Smith, which could be a bit of a drag on the rest of the skill players.

Posted: 10/24/2013 4:13pm et
New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan continues to say that QB Geno Smith is the team's starting quarterback on a week-to-week basis despite raving about his improved play and the fact that he can 'make all the throws.' 'I'm definitely ready to say he's our starting quarterback this week against Cincinnati,' the coach said playfully. Smith currently has more wins than New York Giants QB Eli Manning, a higher completion percentage than New England Patriots QB Tom Brady and more 40-plus-yard passes than New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees and Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck. However, he's also third in the league in interceptions with 11.
Huddle Up: In overall points (Huddle Performance scoring), Smith ranks a respectable 11th among fantasy QBs, and his owners will have to be content to ride out the ups and downs with the rookie.

Posted: 10/8/2013 12:20am et
New York Jets QB Geno Smith completed 16 of his 20 pass attempts for 199 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions in the 30-28 Week 5 win against the host Atlanta Falcons Monday, Oct. 7. He also ran three times for 21 yards.
Huddle Up: The rookie entered the game with a league-high 11 turnovers (8 interceptions, 3 fumbles) and 4 TD passes, but had the trio of scoring passes while failing to commit a turnover. He capped the night by deftly driving the Jets 55 yards in 8 plays over the final 1:54 for the winning FG. With the Jets at 3-2, Smith and the team most certainly aren't the disasters they were predicted to be.

Posted: 9/24/2013 6:52pm et
New York Jets QB Geno Smith had four 40-plus-yard completions in Week 3. The team had nine 40-plus-yard completions combined in 2011 and 2012.
Huddle Up: It all helped Smith become the first Jets rookie QB to 300 yards in a game (331) and has made WRs Santonio Holmes and Stephen Hill hot waiver-wire pickups this week. The schedule does toughen up again though for Smith this week as he he faces his third top-10 defense, in terms of fewest points allowed to opposing QBs, in 4 weeks after getting a breather vs. the Bills (No. 23) last week.

Posted: 9/14/2013 8:12pm et
New York Jets general manager John Idzik said QB Geno Smith will be the team's starting quarterback Week 3 but is not ready to name Smith as the starter for the rest of the season.
Huddle Up: You never know what's going to happen when it comes to the Jets' quarterback situation but if Smith gets benched in favor of Brady Quinn or Matt Simms, it's not a great vote of confidence from the organization.

Posted: 9/13/2013 12:39am et
New York Jets QB Geno Smith completed 15-of-35 passes for 214 yards, no TDs and three interceptions Thursday, Sept. 12 in a 13-10 loss to the New England Patriots.
Huddle Up: Up against Bill Belichick and the Pats' defense on a short week in New England's home opener, the rookie was between a rock and a hard place in his 2nd career start and his stats reflected that even though he passed for more yards than counterpart Tom Brady. Particularly damaging were the off-target throws in the fourth quarter that resulted in easy Patriot picks.

Posted: 9/5/2013 8:53pm et
New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan is confident that QB Geno Smith has a good grasp of the offense as they head into Week 1 to face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 'This is his offense now,' Ryan said. Ryan also said that Smith is moving around well after rolling his ankle in the team's first preseason game. Ryan downplayed the idea that the team could use more shotgun packages to help Smith in his NFL debut.
Huddle Up: Ryan has no choice but to express public confidence in the rookie with Mark Sanchez out. Smith will have his moments, but the Bucs' defense is a solid play Sunday vs. the rookie and the reconfigured offense.

Posted: 9/4/2013 8:40pm et
The New York Jets have named QB Geno Smith their Week 1 starting quarterback, but they're not committing to him beyond the season opener. 'We're having a competition between quarterbacks, and that competition isn't finished,' owner Woody Johnson said. Smith is starting over the injured Mark Sanchez (shoulder), and he's expected to miss a few weeks. The team isn't considering placing Sanchez on the Injured Reserve or releasing him at this time. 'We're very comfortable with Geno,' head coach Rex Ryan said. 'As an organization, we're confident Geno will help us get the job done.'
Huddle Up: How many Jets were selected in the first 10 rounds of your fantasy draft? That's how much relevance Gang Green players have in the fantasy world right now. Perhaps Smith lights it up and changes all of that Sunday. If he doesn't, it will be another long season for offensive players wearing green in New York.

Posted: 8/30/2013 7:58pm et
New York Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg is in favor of QB Geno Smith being the team's starting quarterback even if QB Mark Sanchez is healthy.
Huddle Up: It sounds like a lot of people making decisions in New York want Geno Smith to be the Jets' starting quarterback. Whether or not he's ready is another story. Other than maybe Chris Ivory, fantasy owners shouldn't have any Jets offensive players in their starting fantasy lineups for Week 1.

Posted: 8/28/2013 1:41pm et
The New York Jets have decided not to play QB Geno Smith in the final preseason game.
Huddle Up: Apparently the Jets don't think Smith needs any more preseason seasoning before throwing him into the fire? Unless Mark Sanchez is ready, Smith might be in for a baptism by fire come Week 1.

Posted: 8/21/2013 9:32am et
New York Jets QB Geno Smith could win the starting quarterback job this weekend with if he's able to avoid turnovers in the third preseason game.
Huddle Up: Seems like a pretty simple task, but this is the Jets we're talking about. If Smith plays well, it could mark the beginning of the end for Mark Sanchez; if not, more training camp battle.

Posted: 8/20/2013 11:16pm et
New York Jets QB Geno Smith (ankle) will start the team's third preseason game if his ankle is healthy enough to play.
Huddle Up: Smith needs to make the most of the opportunity after sitting out the Jets' 2nd preseason contest while recovering from an ankle sprain. Smith was 6-of-7 for 47 yards in the Jets' exhibition opener.

Posted: 8/17/2013 1:02pm et
New York Jets QB Mark Sanchez likely will be the starting quarterback Week 1 even though it appears general manager John Idzik would like QB Geno Smith to win the job.
Huddle Up: There's still a ways to go before anything official is decided but it appears the Jets are leaning towards Sanchez to start the season. Other than Chris Ivory, there isn't another Jets' offensive player with much fantasy value at the moment.

Posted: 8/14/2013 6:53pm et
New York Jets QB Geno Smith (ankle) threw three interceptions during practice Wednesday, Aug. 14, and head coach Rex Ryan said 'it was brutal.' Ryan still thinks Smith is being bothered by an ankle injury. The team has yet to name a starting quarterback heading into their second preseason game, but after today's performance, QB Mark Sanchez looks like he'll start for the second straight week. Smith is dealing with a mild ankle sprain and hasn't missed a day of practice, but the injury clearly affected his performance Wednesday. There's a possibility that Smith won't play at all Saturday, Aug. 17. As a result, the quarterback competition might extend another week. Smith declines to admit that his ankle was the reason for his poor performance. 'You see it out there; he's not able to move like he normally does,' Ryan said. 'He's not able to drive the ball like he normally does.'
Huddle Up: It's the double-edge sword for a player. Smith is playing at less than 100% because he's trying to win the starting job, yet his performance is suffering due to his bad ankle. Sanchez appears to have the lead on Smith right now and that's not great news for the Jets or fantasy owners.

Posted: 8/12/2013 4:53pm et
New York Jets QB Geno Smith (ankle) participated in practice Monday, Aug. 12, but was limping noticeably during practice. QB Mark Sanchez received a majority of the snaps with the first-team practice. Head coach Rex Ryan has not announced the starting quarterback for the team's second preseason game.
Huddle Up: How telling is it that the Jets are risking further injury to Smith by putting him in practice? Moreover, Rex Ryan hasn't named a starter for this week? The bells have begun tolling for thee, Mark Sanchez.

Posted: 8/10/2013 2:15pm et
New York Jets QB Geno Smith (ankle) wants to participate in practice Monday, Aug. 12, even though he suffered an ankle injury during the team's preseason game Friday, Aug. 9. The X-rays on the ankle were negative.
Huddle Up: Smith said he was just a little sore on Saturday and he'll be ready to practice next week. If he's healthy enough Smith will likely start the Jets' second preseason game. He finished 6-of-7 for 47 yards Friday against Detroit before leaving with the ankle injury. Mark Sanchez played well but Smith still has a chance to be the Jets' opening day starter if he outperforms Sanchez the rest of the preseason.

Posted: 8/9/2013 10:09pm et
New York Jets QB Geno Smith (ankle) was forced out of the preseason opener Friday, Aug. 9, against the Detroit Lions due to a twisted ankle. Smith limped off the field.
Huddle Up: The extent of the injury isn't known but any lost practice time could cost Smith a chance to win the starting job. Before exiting Smith completed 6-of-7 passes for 47 yards. After throwing a terrible interception on the Jets' first offensive series, Sanchez rallied to go 10-of-13 for 125 yards and a touchdown. Smith will need to remain healthy, as it looks like Sanchez has gotten out to a bit of a lead in the Jets' QB competition.

Posted: 8/8/2013 10:24am et
New York Jets general manager John Idzik is hoping QB Geno Smith wins the starting quarterback job.
Huddle Up: That has to make Mark Sanchez feel all warm and fuzzy, but the fact is you expect a second-round pick to move into the starting lineup quickly. Again, this will be the most-scrutenized yet least fantasy-impactful position battle of the preseason.

Posted: 8/6/2013 9:27am et
The New York Jets released their first official depth chart of the preseason Monday, Aug. 5, and QBs Mark Sanchez and Geno Smith are each listed as co-starters.
Huddle Up: Cute. Sounds like Sanchez won the latest round, but smart money favors the rookie Smith claiming the gig sooner rather than later. However, neither looks to be a fantasy factor this season.

Posted: 8/3/2013 9:03pm et
New York Jets QB Mark Sanchez went 6-for-11 for 93 yards one touchdown and one interception in the team's scrimmage Saturday, Aug. 3, while QB Geno Smith went 9-for-16 for 77 yards.
Huddle Up: After Saturday's scrimmage the race remains even between Smith and Sanchez. This battle won't be decided until both quarterbacks face preseason action. Don't expect the Jets to name a starter until after the third preseason game at the earliest.

Posted: 8/2/2013 8:55pm et
New York Jets QB Geno Smith has outperformed QB Mark Sanchez during the first week of training camp but the competition is believed to be fairly even because of Sanchez's experience. Smith and Sanchez are expected to split reps evenly with the first-team offense during the team's scrimmage Saturday, Aug. 3. Smith said he believes the scrimmage will give him a chance to show the coaches what he can do.
Huddle Up: It's not good news for Sanchez that the competition is close. It also isn't good news that through eight practices of live action, Smith has yet to throw an interception. This is a battle that will continue through the preseason but if it's tight, the Jets may decide to turn the page from Sanchez and hand the offense over to the rookie. Smith is worth an investment in dynasty leagues but he has little value in re-draft formats with all the question marks New York has at receiver at tight end entering the season.

Posted: 7/31/2013 6:35pm et
New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan said he would like to use QB Geno Smith on read-option plays because he believes Smith can be a weapon on offense. Ryan is intrigued by Smith's running ability.
Huddle Up: Smith is still in competition with Mark Sanchez to be the Jets' starter but the read-option stuff makes little sense since he was a classic drop-back quarterback in college. While at West Virginia coaches actually asked Smith to run more but he prefers to stay in the pocket. If the Jets want someone to run the read-option they should have kept Tim Tebow.

Posted: 7/28/2013 2:17pm et
New York Jets general manager John Idzik said he will have a pretty big role in deciding whether QB Mark Sanchez or QB Geno Smith will be the starting quarterback Week 1.
Huddle Up: It seems everyone in New York will weigh in on the matter, but shouldn't this be Rex Ryan's call? That is unless the writing already is on the wall . . .

Posted: 7/22/2013 12:08pm et
The New York Jets signed second-round pick QB Geno Smith to a four-year deal worth about $5 million.
Huddle Up: Smith will compete with Mark Sanchez for the Jets' starting quarterback gig in a training camp battle that will receive plenty of media attention but holds little fantasy value.

Posted: 7/16/2013 11:57pm et
New York Jets QB Geno Smith told the OchoCinco News Network that there is no problem between QB Mark Sanchez and him. 'Me and Mark are cool. There's no hard feelings or anything.' Smith said that he has been getting work in and implied that he was scheduled to work out with some teammates, just as Sanchez had been doing. He added that he continues to prepare to be the starter and is looking forward to the competition in training camp.
Huddle Up: It's an interesting, N.Y. media-fueled drama to follow, but there's certainly more smoke here than fantasy fire as the Jets' offense isn't expected to do much of anything, no matter who's starting under center.

Posted: 7/15/2013 10:40am et
The New York Jets are toying with the idea of using QB Geno Smith as a change-of-pace quarterback if he loses the battle to QB Mark Sanchez. Smith would have a package of plays, mainly read-option runs that could exploit his speed.
Huddle Up: The Jets already had a change-of-pace quarterback in Tim Tebow and they barely used him; tough to see them following that same plan with Smith. The more likely scenario, if Smith doesn't beat out Sanchez in the preseason, is for Smith to take over fully once Sanchez plays his way out of the starting job.

Posted: 7/12/2013 2:13am et
New York Jets QB Geno Smith will not attend "Jets West" an offseason training program in Southern California organized by QB Mark Sanchez. Instead, Smith will work out in Florida.
Huddle Up: "Jets West" is a Sanchez production, but it's still an interesting move as the rookie certainly isn't going to build any rapport with his new teammates a continent away in Florida.

Posted: 6/18/2013 3:35am et
New York Jets quarterbacks coach David Lee said QB Geno Smith has had some trouble adjusting to the West Coast offense during offseason workouts because it is nothing like what he did at West Virginia. Head coach Rex Ryan said he believes Smith will show improvement once training camp starts. "His steps - dropbacks - his mechanics footwork wise weren't dialed in the way they'll have to be at this level. I think some of that is your five and seven step drops, it's all new to him. But sometimes you can't even notice it. Because when he's on, the guy is absolutely terrific. We knew that it's not an easy process but it's one that I have confidence that when we get to Cortland, I think when the thing goes I think you're going to see the guy keep improving and improving and improving," Ryan said.
Huddle Up: Smith's accuracy in college suggests he has the skills to adapt to the West Coast offense, but it will be an adjustment. Should be an interesting competition between Smith and Mark Sanchez, though neither projects to offer much of a fantasy payoff this season.

Posted: 6/12/2013 1:08pm et
New York Jets QB Geno Smith will take the majority of first-team reps Wednesday, June 12.
Huddle Up: And the battle to unseat Mark Sanchez begins. Too bad there's not more fantasy value hanging in the balance, because we're bound to hear every minute detail of this quarterback competition each (mis)step of the way.

Posted: 5/22/2013 12:54am et
New York Jets QBs Mark Sanchez and Geno Smith are expected to compete for the starting quarterback job this offseason, but the quarterback competition could be settled well before the team even heads to training camp in July. Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg wants one of the two QBs to separate himself from the other, and if that happens this week, the team isn't against naming their starter early. 'Common sense tells you that you hope it's quick, but this is going to be a full blown competition. Period,' Mornhinweg said. Sanchez, because of his experience, has the advantage to take control of the early competition. Smith, who spent much of his college days in shotgun, is spending a ton of time taking snaps from under center during OTAs with quarterbacks coach David Lee. Mornhinweg knows that the longer their QB competition lasts, the less time the winner will have to work with the first-team offense. The team also won't just name a starter to name a starter; it want a clear winner in the competition.
Huddle Up: If the Jets do name an early starter, it almost certainly will be Sanchez, who has 62 NFL starts in 4 years under his belt. No matter who's the starter, though, it promises to be anything but a season of smooth sailing which, of course, means plenty of fans and media types calling for the backup.

Posted: 5/13/2013 11:19am et
The New York Jets are "smitten" with rookie QB Geno Smith, and it's beginning to look more likely that the starting job is his to lose.
Huddle Up: The Jets aren't exactly stacked at quarterback, so for their second-round selection to make a push for the starting job shouldn't be unexpected. Adjust your fantasy rankings of Smith and Mark Sanchez accordingly, assuming your board goes that deep.

Posted: 5/5/2013 2:55pm et
According to a league source, at least one quarterback-needy team in the top 10 of the 2013 NFL Draft passed on New York Jets QB Geno Smith because of the diva attitude he displayed during a pre-draft visit. 'He's going to have a tough time in New York,' an anonymous NFC scout said Friday, May 3. 'Right now, he's coming off as a spoiled, pampered brat.'
Huddle Up: After the slide into the second round and hearing all the doubters weigh in, Smith will take the first step toward proving the naysayers wrong in the Jets' 5-quarterback derby.