Geno Smith is the starter entering New York Jets training camp. For this week’s #PickSix. here is a review of his top six NFL starts. It is these games that provide some hope for 2015…let’s get into it.
6. September 8th, 2013 vs Tampa Bay
Stats: 24/38, 63.2%, 256 YDS, 6.7 YPC, 1 TD, 1 INT, 6 carries, 47 yards, 80.6 QB Rating.
Analysis: In his first NFL start, Geno Smith took on Darrelle Revis and a pre-season favorite of many NFL prognosticators. He completed over 60% of his passes, threw for 250+ yards, and engineered a game winning drive to give the Jets a week one victory. He did throw an interception but also completed a rocket to Kellen Winslow for his first passing TD.
5. December 29th, 2013 at Miami
Stats: 17/27, 63.0%, 190 YDS, 7.0 YPA, 83.9 QB Rating, 10 carries, 44 yards, 1 TD
Analysis: Geno ended an inconsistent rookie year with one of his better performances. He did not turn the ball over and was assertive with his decisions. He used his legs effectively and put in a performance that looked like it would be a good springboard to build on for 2014.
4. December 21st, 2014 vs New England
Stats: 17/27, 63.0%, 210 YDS, 7.8 YPA, 1 TD, 1 INT, 83.9 QB Rating, 3 Carries, 9 yards
Analysis: Smith completed over 60% of his passes, did not make many mistakes, and played the kind of football the Jets need from him going forward if they want to be a playoff team. He didn’t use his legs as much but played from the pocket and made accurate throws. His completion percentage would be even higher if he wasn’t victimized by five drops from Jets receivers.
3. October 16th, 2014 at New England
Stats: 20/34, 58.8%, 226 YDS, 6.6 YPA, 1 TD, 0 INT, 88.6 QB Rating, 7 Carries, 37 Yards
Analysis: In his first 2014 match-up against the Patriots after two uneven showings in his rookie year, Geno played mistake free football in New England and was a Nick Folk blocked field goal away from pulling out a game winning drive. Geno was, once again, victimized by multiple drops but used his legs to pick up key first downs and made some very impressive throws including a beauty over Darrelle Revis to Eric Decker.
2. December 28th, 2014 at Miami
Stats: 20/25, 80.0%, 358 YDS, 14.3 YPA, 3 TDs, 0 INT, 158.3 QB Rating, 5 Carries, 18 Yards
Analysis: You could make the case that this is Geno Smith’s best game as a professional quarterback. He returned to Miami almost a year after ending his rookie year on a high note and absolutely shredded a quality Dolphins defense. Geno used his legs sparingly, but he was moving the ball through the air at almost 15 yards a clip. This game will be known as the game that Eric Decker destroyed Brent Grimes, but if Geno takes the next step this season this will be looked at as the game that started his take off.
1. October 7th, 2013 at Atlanta
Stats: 16/20, 80.0%, 199 YDS, 10.0 YPA, 3 TDs, 0 INT, 147.7 QB Rating, 3 Carries, 21 Yards
Analysis: In just his 5th start, on the road, against a team expected to make the playoffs…this was Geno’s best game. He bounced back from a terrible performance against Tennessee the week before and went into the Georgia Dome and played lights out. His throw to Jeff Cumberland up the seam was a thing of beauty, and for a rookie quarterback to play this well, watch his defense blow the lead he gave them, and then engineer a game winning drive on the road was immensely impressive.