Same state, same city, different jersey: Geno Smith signs with Giants.
New York Jets former second round NFL draft pick Smith has now signed with interstate rival Giants after the expiring of his rookie contract. Smith’s change in scenery comes after a wild four year stint with Jets.
Under the Jets he started his rookie season after starting quarterback Mark Sanchez was thrown in and injured in third quarter of preseason game. During his third season, first with Todd Bowles as head coach, a locker room beef with IK Enemkpali cost him his starting job as the defender socked Smith in the jaw and broke it. For the rest of that 2015 season he never regained his job. Planning to start last season he was benched when Jets decided to sign back Ryan Fitzpatrick a day before training camp. When he finally got his chance to start last season after Fitzpatrick’s struggles he went down with an ACL injury that he’s still recovering from.
With his contract expired the former Jet jettisoned out of there to sign a one-year $2 million deal with Giants.
“Great opportunity,” Smith said in an interview on Giants.com. “Everything I was looking for in a team presented itself here.”
Signed to backup two-time Super Bowl champion Eli Manning Smith is hoping to pick up a few things.
“My ultimate goal is to win a Super Bowl and to learn from a guy like Eli who’s done it twice, who is definitely who I think is one of the Hall of Fame quarterbacks still left in this league and a guy who I can learn a ton from,” Smith said.
Having a quick release and athleticism to extend plays are traits Smith possess. Those are also traits that “intrigued” the team’s coaches, Smith said.
Joining the Giants, Smith will be tagging along with a fellow Jet teammate who signed with the Giants earlier this offseason, Brandon Marshall. A player who did a good job of leading by example with the Jets, Smith said.
“You can expect Brandon to come out there and compete his butt off every single practice, every single game in order to get victories,” Smith said. “I think he’s going to bring that over to this team…to have a guy like Brandon I think will help this team tremendously.”
The main priory is getting healthy and ready for training camp, Smith said. While Manning hasn’t missed a game since 2004, starting 211 consecutive games, Smith is not expected to see much playing time. Then again, he once started his entire rookie season after Sanchez went down with a shoulder injury in the preseason at MetLife Stadium.
If Smith’s career isn’t already an indication, anything can happen.
By Gino Terrell
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