TOJ Jets Roster Preview – The Question, The Insurance, The Draft Pick

Joe Caporoso previews the New York Jets quarterbacks for the 2014 season…

We continue to roll along with our New York Jets roster preview with a look at the quarterbacks. In case you missed any, here are the other positions we have covered. Let us know what you expect from Geno, Vick and company down below…

Geno Smith #7 – 985 offensive snaps (94 percent) – 247/443 (55.8 completion percentage), 3,046 yards, 12 touchdowns, 21 interceptions, 366 rushing yards, 6 touchdowns

The biggest x-factor for the New York Jets. Can Geno Smith build on his strong finish to last season, benefit from an improved supporting cast and another year in the same offense? If Smith can be a slightly improved version of what he was the final four games in 2013, the Jets are going to be squarely in the mix for a playoff spot. Smith must find more consistency and protect the football on a week to week basis. The Jets are going to be relatively run heavy most games but Smith will get to take his shots down the field and can’t be hesitant to utilize his legs. Unless he gets injured or has an awful training camp, Smith is going to start week 1. He will have a much quicker hook than he did in 2013 due to the addition of Mike Vick though.

Mike Vick #1 – 325 offensive snaps (for the Philadelphia Eagles) – 77/141 (54.6 completion percentage), 1,215 yards, 5 touchdowns, 3 interceptions,. 306 rushing yards, 2 touchdowns

Vick was a needed upgrade to Matt Simms and/or Mark Sanchez as the Jets backup option behind Geno Smith. He will allow them to have a credible option off the bench if Smith begins struggling again. Vick is also familiar with Marty Mornhinweg’s offense and should prove to be a good mentor for Smith throughout the year. Many seem to think that Vick will open the season under center but with Smith taking 75% of the first team reps in training camp, that isn’t likely. However, it wouldn’t be surprising if Vick does see some meaningful action at some point in 2014. Vick turns the football over too much and has struggled in recent years with consistency but can still be a strong option off the bench and as a spot starter.

Tahj Boyd #3 – Rookie 

The Jets 6th round pick from this past season. Boyd was targeted early in the draft process and the coaching staff is high on him as a developmental prospect behind Smith. Many thought Boyd would be a first round pick heading into last year but a disappointing season led to his drop down draft boards. As long as he shows some promise, Boyd should stick as the team’s third quarterback. He has intriguing athletic ability but needs to improve his accuracy and show more of a regular ability to competently read a defense.

Matt Simms #5 – 66 offensive snaps – 16/31, 156 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interception, 37 rushing yards 

Simms was the team’s backup quarterback in 2013 and the team entered the offseason determined to upgrade the position. He will be battling Boyd for the third spot and is probably a slight underdog, as the Jets aren’t going to be in a rush to immediately cut a draft pick. Simms may be able to catch on elsewhere as a third quarterback and eventually compete for a backup job.

SCALDING HOT 2014 QUARTERBACK TAKE – Smith will start and finish the season as the team’s starting quarterback. However, Vick will see meaningful snaps at some point during the season. Smith will finish with 5-8 less turnovers than he did in 2013 and 4-5 more total touchdowns. Boyd will beat out Simms for the third job.

Author: Joe Caporoso

Joe Caporoso is the Owner and EIC of Turn On The Jets. His writing has been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, MMQB and AdWeek. Caporoso played football his entire life, including four years at Muhlenberg as a wide receiver, where he was arguably the slowest receiver to ever start in school history. He is the VP of Social Media at Whistle Sports

  • JetOrange

    I have done a 180 on the Simms/Boyd competition. If you watch Matt in practice, you have to fall in love with his big arm, he can make all the throws. when Simms replaced Geno last year wasn’t very impressive, so you have to question overall upside. Boyd cannot make all the the throws, but he has mor collegiate starting expierance, shown leadership, and can run the ball. Taj Boyd’s quarterback style is more consistent with Smith’s & Vicks style than Simms.

  • Dan in RI

    Right now, this is Geno’s team. If he shows real growth, cuts his turnovers in half, and increases his TDs, we should have not trouble making the playoffs,and Michael Vick should not see the field (barring an injury to Smith). I don’t think that is unreasonable–though it is hardly a slam-dunk. Geno certainly has plenty of doubters. Brom my perspective, he showed so much improvement over the last 4 games last season that I am very bullish on his continued growth. Along with the CB question, this is the main question facing the team.

  • KAsh

    Other than injury, I cannot imagine a scenario under which Vick gets substituted in for Geno in a meaningful game and Geno still finishes the season. If the game is within reach, and the coaches opt for Vick instead of Geno, it would only be from a total collapse of their trust in Geno. After Geno gets 70-75% of the reps with the starters, and the Jets customized their competition to give Geno the biggest edge possible to start over a future HoF veteran, to pull Geno out of a game in favor of that same veteran means that the Jets would rather go with the known quantity and that Geno’s ups are not making up for his downs. This is not last year, where Simms was also an unknown and could not guarantee a level of performance. You only send in Vick because Geno is not cutting it, and if Geno is not cutting it one week, there are no guarantees he will cut it next week or next month.

  • I agree that Geno will begin and end the season as the Jets’ QB. I also believe that his play will have improved to the point that Vick will not see any meaningful snaps in 2014. That is not to suggest that Geno will play flawlwss football–he is still learning and developing after all. However, I expect him to continue to trend in the right direction and get better with each passing week.