New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith will hope to forget about his first NFL start after a horrendous performance Saturday night against the New York Giants.
Smith, who has battled an ankle injury since week one of the preseason, was named the starter against the Giants for the Jets’ third preseason game. Smith was 16 of 30 for 199 yards and a touchdown. However, Smith threw three interceptions and ran out of the back of the end zone for a safety.
It’s unlikely, after Smith’s performance Saturday night, that he will be named the starter. Smith’s turnovers are a clear sign that he is not ready to start week one. Smith has struggled as of late turning the ball over in practice and in the preseason games. Smith only threw six interceptions all season last year at West Virginia.
What left many people scratching their head was Rex Ryan’s decision to play Mark Sanchez late in the game against the second team. Sanchez was 5 of 6 for 72 yards, but left the game with a shoulder injury. Ryan was very defensive in his post game press conference when asked questions about playing Sanchez and when he will name the starting quarterback. After Smith’s performance, it was shocking to see Sanchez go in especially since he will most likely be the starter. Ryan put Sanchez in a tough spot and it ended up with Sanchez getting injured.
If Sanchez is healthy it is clear he will be the starter over Smith. Sanchez hasn’t looked great but has been better than Smith in practice and in the preseason games. Either way, the Jets’ offense will be anemic this year and with four tough games to start the season, it wouldn’t be a surprise if Smith is the starter by week five anyway.
Sanchez left with a shoulder injury and is having x-rays on it today. Rookie Dee Milliner did not play last night due to a calf strain. Antonio Cromartie left the game in the first quarter with soreness in his hip and did not return. Kyle Wilson who stepped in for both Milliner and Cromartie struggled immensely. Wilson was called for three pass interference penalties on the night.
Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes was running routes on the field Saturday before the game. The Jets desperately need Holmes to return to the field as quickly as possible.