Smith Says Receiver Depth Not Needed
The Jets went out and signed Eric Decker this off-season. If you ask Geno Smith, he’ll tell you it’s because he sucked. Well, kinda.
“The guys that we had last year were more than viable options,” said Smith, when talking to the media on Monday. “I think it all came down to me honestly. If I had done a lot of things better, I think we would have done better as an offense and it showed later on in the year.”
In his rookie season, Smith started all 16 regular season games for the Jets. Despite a surprising 8-8 record, the West Virginia product had an inconsistent year with 21 interceptions compared to 12 touchdowns thrown.
Over the off-season, the Jets 2013 second round draft pick spent a lot of time in the film room.
“I just watched the film and studied it,” said Smith. “I watched them over and over and over again, as painful as it is. It makes me realize, quite honestly, that I haven’t, up until this point in my career, had a problem with turnovers, but protecting the ball is vital to any player, any quarterback, at any level, in any system.”
What did Smith takeaway more than anything? Reduce takeaways.
“My main priority is to take care of that ball.”
The Jets signed former Eagles quarterback Michael Vick a few weeks ago but Smith believes that he will be the starter again this fall.
Wide receiver still remains one of the top needs for Gang Green in the 2014 draft, along with tight end and cornerback.