New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith said he has "shown flashes of being a Pro Bowl-caliber quarterback" during his first two seasons. Smith, the team's second-round pick in 2013, started the first 24 games of his NFL career before he was benched in Week 8 after he threw three interceptions on consecutive possessions.
Smith, the team's second-round pick in 2013, started the first 24 games of his NFL career before he was benched in Week 8 after he threw three interceptions on consecutive possessions. Smith then replaced Michael Vick in Week 12 against the Buffalo Bills and has started New York's last two games.
In 11 games this season, Smith has completed 57.8 percent of his passes for 1,778 yards, eight touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He said his goal is to become a more "consistent" quarterback moving forward.
"I've shown flashes of being a Pro Bowl-caliber quarterback, but what we're looking for here is consistency. The best teams have consistent quarterback play and I realize that and that's truly what I want to show to the fans and everyone outside the building," Smith said Tuesday in Manhattan, as he distributed coats at a New York Cares coat drive in conjunction with the Coalition for the Homeless.
New York's passing offense has been anemic this season, whether Smith or Vick is playing quarterback. The Jets are last in the league in passing yards and are second-to-last in passing touchdowns.
Last week, Vick said he doesn't think the team "benched" him, but is instead evaluating its options at the position.
The Jets are 2-11 and in last place in the AFC East. They play at the Tennessee Titans on Sunday at 4:05 p.m. ET.
- Paul Palladino