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Geno Smith Responds To Ryan Fitzpatrick Signing

In a lot of ways I feel sorry for Geno, but how he handles on the next 12 months will go a long way to determining his career.

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I was ready to run with Geno. I was ready to believe that Geno could be vastly improved by a year on the sidelines. However with the signing of Ryan Fitzpatrick, we may never get to see Geno Smith throw a meaningful pass in a Jets uniform again. To some people that may be music to their ears, but I'm still intrigued enough to want to see Geno given another chance. He won't get it in New York barring an injury, and rightfully so. However he will be auditioning for every other team in the NFL, if he's given a chance to step foot on the field.

Speaking in the locker room yesterday, Geno commented:

"I'm not disappointed. I'm kind of pissed off, but it's not a detrimental thing," he said. "It's not something where I'm pissed off at anyone, because we all want to be in there. ... This just adds fuel to the fire, but not in a negative way.

"I don't want to be a headline because it's not what I'm trying to say. It's more as a competitor, as a quarterback, knowing what I'm capable of and really believing in myself, knowing the work I put in. You want to be out there, but you have to play with the cards you're dealt."

Of course Geno is going to be disappointed. He's a competitor first and foremost, he's a guy who wants to be out on the field leading the team. Say what you will about his NFL career to date, which has been extremely disappointing...but he's only 25 years old. He still has a lot of time to develop in this league, and he's going to have to be prepared every single Sunday, just in case.

He could allow his head to drop, he could ask to be released, he could do a number of things. However the best thing he can do is be a good teammate and show that he's prepared and available. Who knows what will happen through the rest of training camp, there could be injuries, there could be trades, but every time Geno throws a pass in pre-season he's doing it for all 32 teams.

As John mentioned last night, the QB depth chart is clearly defined. Ryan at #1, Geno at #2, Bryce at #3 and Christian at #4. A betting man would expect Geno to be playing elsewhere in 2017, and if given the chance with plenty of development time already under his belt, he could still prove to be a good NFL QB.

"As a competitor, I would be crushed, because I want to be on the field," Brandon Marshall said. "I love Geno. When this kid gets an opportunity, he's not going to look back and he's not going to let it go."