Tentatively slated to battle the rusty David Garrard and abysmal Mark Sanchez for the starting job, New York Jets general manager John Idzik insists the team won’t rush rookie quarterback Geno Smith into the huddle this autumn.
The 22-year-old Smith, once projected as a top-10 prize by many insiders, was chosen with the 39th pick out of West Virginia University by the Jets on Friday.
“We don’t feel like there’s any pressure to get him in there right away, especially with the cast of quarterbacks we have in the competition,” Idzik said in a Wednesday radio interview.
The 6-foot-2, 218 pound Smith, a 2011 First Team All-Big East and 2012 Second Team All-Big 12 selection, tossed 98 touchdowns, in comparison to 21 interceptions, for 11,662 yards in 44 games as a Mountaineer.
More importantly, the greatest quality a signal caller can possess is accuracy and Smith completed an extremely impressive 67.4 percent of his throws as a three-year starter for West Virginia.
Regardless, despite not playing since 2010, the 35-year-old Gerrard could be an ideal Band-Aid for Gang Green.
A 2009 Pro Bowler, the 6-foot-1, 235 pound Gerrard has thrown 89 scores, against 54 picks, for 16,003 yards since debuting with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2002.
With a potentially standout defensive front seven, a veteran passer who is responsible handling the pigskin makes sense for this rebuilding version of the Jets.
Smith is clearly New York’s future and there’s no reason to predict the former Mountaineer can’t fly as a Jet in the swamps of Jersey.
Nevertheless, after tossing Sanchez like a used Trojan, David Garrard should become the most important employee off Exit 16W for the New York Jets in 2013.by