New York Jets rumors point to quarterback Geno Smith improving quite a bit during the offseason. Smith, likely the Jets starting quarterback to open the 2014 NFL season, could be an interesting acquisition for fantasy football owners if he has indeed turned that corner. According to a report from ESPN on Tuesday (Aug. 5), presumed backup quarterback Michael Vick had a lot of positive comments to make about his new teammate.
Speaking about Smith, Vick stated that, "He's going to be great. He's going to be 10 times better than where he was last year, and I'm looking forward to it." It's certainly a glowing recommendation from a guy that wants to take his job away, but it's also something that football fans will want to pay attention to. The raw skills have always been there for Smith, but he has had trouble translating that into success or consistency when game day comes around each week.
Last season with the Jets, Smith completed 247-of-443 passes for 3,046 yards. He had 12 touchdowns, 21 interceptions, and seven fumbles against him. Even a novice fantasy football owner would know that these are numbers to steer away from if the intent is to either win a league or make it into the postseason. What he did have was 366 rushing yards and another six touchdowns on the ground that showed he could be a really good weapon if the team just got to the red zone more often.
While there are certainly some New York Jets rumors out there about Geno Smith needing to show improvement to even keep his job this preseason, the prevailing winds state that the coaches will give him a lot of leeway. Currently he isn't even a top 20 quarterback when it comes to fantasy football, but the opportunity could be there for him to turn it around. What he might be is the perfect player to take in a late round as either a second quarterback or backup that might pay dividends later.