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Geno to Start vs. Colts

Posted Aug 4, 2014

Smith Will Be the First Signalcaller to Lead the Offense in Preseason Opener

When the Jets' preseason schedule commences Thursday night vs. the Indianapolis Colts, Geno Smith will be the first signalcaller to lead the offense.

“Geno will start. I’ve been happy with the way he’s looked, his command of things, so he will start the game on Thursday,” said head coach Rex Ryan. “I’ll get with Marty [Mornhinweg] and we’ll discuss exactly what the play time will be and things like that.”

Smith, who has received the majority of first-team reps here at SUNY Cortland, wasn’t able to help the Jets find the end zone Saturday night at their annual Green & White practice.  Smith, who unofficially completed seven of 14 passes for 84 yards and was nearly intercepted twice in five series of work, lamented that the offense produced only two field goals in 12 series.

“After tonight’s scrimmage, we talked about putting up more points,” Smith told me Saturday night. “We got down to the red zone a few times and we didn’t capitalize. Hopefully we continue to work on that and progress on that and get better, so that when we get down there — we’re scoring touchdowns and we’re getting points and helping our defense out.”

Last season, Smith became the 13th rookie QB in NFL history to throw for 3,000 yards (3,046) and his six rush TDs tied for the second-best QB total in franchise history. Over the season’s final quarter, he led the Jets to a 3-1 mark while averaging 46 yards on the ground.

“I’ve gotten faster and I’m also more confident with running the ball,” Smith told me. “A lot of that has to do with just my confidence and my reads and knowing when to pull it down and run to get us some extra yards. I realized the longer we can keep our defense on the sideline and give 'em time to rest, the better they’ll play. Towards the end of the season last year, down the stretch, we got to see that happen. We really want to put emphasis on getting the ball out on time and being sharp and on time with our throws, but if it’s not there — use that extra asset that we have as runners.”

Injury Front: The following players did not practice: WR Shaq Evans (shoulder), CB Ellis Lankster (back), CB Johnny Patrick (left hamstring), RB Bilal Powell (hamstring) and T Marcus Zusevics (knee). Rookie T Brent Qvale (head) did not finish practice. RB Alex Green (chest), CB Dexter McDougle (groin), CB Dimitri Patterson (calf), CB Jeremy Reeves (hamstring) and DL Zack Thompson (shoulder) were all limited. 




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