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.