For Geno Smith, life in the NFL has not been easy.
It hasn’t been at all like life on HBO’s Ballers nor has it been a complete letdown. Life in the NFL for Smith has been full of uncertainty, especially in the last year, and that uncertainty does not seem to be going away the week before the regular season.
At one point this offseason, Smith was in line to start prior to free-agent Ryan Fitzpatrick signing his one-year contract. Now, however, the question is whether or not Smith will still be on the Jets roster next week.
Smith has had his fair share of highs and lows with the Jets, but it is safe to say the Jets fans only look at the lows right now. In every preseason game this summer, Smith has been booed by the Jets fans before he has even taken a single snap in games.
On Tuesday afternoon, head coach Todd Bowles declared that Smith will not be playing in the Jets’ final preseason game against the Eagles.
We already knew that Ryan Fitzpatrick would not play, so now on Thursday the quarterback position would be split between Bryce Petty and rookie Christian Hackenberg, leaving one could assume that Smith has now secured that backup position behind Fitzpatrick. On the other hand, they may want to keep Smith healthy in case a viable trading partner surfaces.
If Geno is the number two man on the team, what would that mean for the remaining quarterbacks? Coach Bowles hinted at the idea of keeping all four quarterbacks when speaking on Tuesday. In the current NFL with every spot on the 53-man Regular Season roster being so valuable, having four signal callers is a rarity.
Over the weekend, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reported that the Jets have fielded calls about Smith’s availability via trade.
On Tuesday afternoon, Tony Romo of the Cowboys was joined on the injured quarterback list by Minnesota’s Teddy Bridgewater, going down at the start of practice with a non-contact injury to his leg. If Bridgewater’s injury is as bad as it potentially seems, then the Vikings could reach out to Bowles and the Jets to talk trade.
The deadline for teams to get down to 53 men for the 2016 season is this Saturday around the time WVU finishes the season opener against Missouri. As the clock ticks on the roster deadline, coaches will be refining their rosters.
Is Smith now on the Vikings’ radar? In 2013, Minnesota drafted Bridgewater over Smith. They did their due diligence on the WVU product before the draft, so they have a good idea of what they might be getting in Smith.
If Bridgewater’s injury is this serious, and Smith needs to step in for the Vikings, would it work? We’ll explore this topic next.