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Quick Hit: Jets Name Geno Smith Starting Quarterback

Former Mountaineer signal caller Geno Smith came into the 2016 NFL season the starting QB for the New York Jets. However, after a last second deal was reached with Ryan Fitzpatrick Smith was delegated back to the bench. Fitzpatrick had a record setting season in 2015 but had held out in the off season for a more lucrative contract. Minutes before the deadline Fitzpatrick signed with the Jets essentially ending Smith’s chances as returning to the starting spot.

Smith saw his first action of the season Monday night in the Jets 28-3 loss to the Arizona Cardinals. Smith went 4/6 with an interception late in the 4th quarter. After the game Bowles referred to Smith as a “bullpen” quarterback stating there was not quarterback controversy and Fitzpatrick would remain the starter.

After a 1-5 start to the Jets season and continued disappointing performances by Fitzpatrick head coach Todd Bowles announce Wednesday that Smith would take over the reigns.  Fitzpatrick currently leads the NFL in interceptions with 11.

Smith will see his first start since 2014 this weekend when the Jets host the Baltimore Ravens.  Despite the disappointment of losing the starting job at the 11th hour Geno is back at the helm.

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Jeremy Simon
Founder and publisher of, Jeremy is also a contributor to USA Today as well as covers the Mountaineers for Athlon Sports. Follow on Twitter @JSi07
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