Jets pick their starting QB for the regular season (it's Geno)
AUG 22, 2014 11:47p ET
Raise your hand if you didn't see this coming. Nobody? Good.
The New York Jets ended the mystery on Friday night as head coach Rex Ryan declared second-year quarterback Geno Smith for Week 1 of the regular season.
"[Geno] has done everything that we have asked," Ryan said. "And again, this is no slight to Mike Vick. Because believe me like I said, I wanted to come out of this knowing that we have two really good quarterbacks and we think we can win games with. And in my heart I fel that we have two that we can win with."
Despite bringing in veteran Michael Vick this offseason, the Jets had pretty much handed the starting job to Smith, barring some unforeseen meltdown which never came. Smith enjoyed his finest outing of the preseason against the Giants on Friday, completing 9 of 14 passes for 127 yards nad a touchdown toss to rookie tight end Jace Amaro.
It's doubtful that Smith will see much -- if any -- playing time in the Jets' preseason finale next week. Over three games of work, he's completed 23 of 33 throws for 258 yards and an interception to go along with his touchdown pass. Smith looks primed to improve on his rookie campaign, when he was the lowest-rated passer in the league.
It seems at least one of his teammates has confidence in him.
(H/T to NFL.com for the story)