New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan told reporters after the team's 43-23 loss to the Buffalo Bills that he believes quarterback Geno Smith "has the ability" to be a good NFL quarterback, and that "time will tell" if that is the case.
Smith was benched in the first quarter of the Jets' loss after completing just two of his eight passes for five yards. He threw three interceptions.
Smith was replaced by veteran Michael Vick at quarterback. He finished the afternoon 18-of-36 for 153 yards, and an interception. He also lost two fumbles.
Ryan also told reporters that Smith "seemed off," has said that he has "no idea" who will start next week against the Kansas City Chiefs. Smith also told reporters that he has not been told if he will start in Kansas City, and Vick said he "would love to start" next Sunday.
The Jets announced after the game that Smith had an X-ray on his right shoulder.
This season, Smith has completed 57.3 percent of his passes for 1,365 yards. He has thrown seven touchdowns and seven interceptions.
The Jets are 1-7, and have not won a game since the team's season opener against the Oakland Raiders. The Bills (5-3) are in second place in the AFC East. The Jets are in last place in the division.
- Sarah Barshop