Is Geno Smith the next Steph Curry? Well, obviously not. But this over-the-fence three-pointer was pretty Curry-esque.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BDjMfyKlBaf/?taken-by=genosmith7 (Click here to watch)
“Not quite the Chef but today’s work ended like this,” said Smith’s caption, referring to Curry.
Former WVU and current NY Jets quarterback Geno Smith has been doing a whole lot more than playing hoops this offseason. Per his Instagram account, the WVU alum has been spending quite a lot of time in the gym, which is a necessity considering he’s back in the saddle competing for the Gang Green starting QB role presumably alongside Ryan Fitzpatrick (who has yet to re-sign with the team), and young gun Bryce Petty.
Though Smith was the center of a ridiculed locker room fight with then-teammate Ike Enemkpali that cost him his starting job and rendered him a broken jaw, Jets head coach Todd Bowles is still confident in the fourth-year QB’s ability to prosper into a much-needed leader.
“We thought Geno (Smith) matured last year,” Bowles said. “It’s something you couldn’t see because he didn’t play as much, but you saw it in practice and you saw it in his demeanor in off-the-field stuff. Geno is still our quarterback; he’s still on our team.”
“You learn from your mistakes,” Bowles continued. “He went on and learned a valuable lesson. He was mature and he applied himself and he moved on from it, which was big. It was big to see that from him. That could destroy your team after going through something like that, but he’s a team player. I respect him for that.”
Through the past few weeks, Smith has received lots of criticism, especially with the chances of Fitzpatrick (who had a relatively good season in 2015 after taking over Smith’s starting job) making a return to the Jets looking slimmer everyday. But, he’s also received a lot of support, including that of teammate Calvin Pryor III via Twitter.
With training camp still months away, the NY Jets have plenty of time to decide who gets to head their growing offense. It could very well be Geno Smith.
Quotes in this article courtesy Rich Cimini, ESPN