New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – New York Jets’ Geno Smith is aiming to be a top-five starting quarterback in the NFL in a year or two after a survey revealed he was the league’s worst.
A group of 26 anonymous NFL coaches and personnel executives were asked to produce a 1-32 ranking.
“The thing about it is, you have to climb up,” said Smith, who compiled a league-low passer rating of 66.5.
Smith emphasized that he’s been watching football all his life and knows that players improve all the time.
“I’ve seen Peyton Manning grow up in this league. I’ve seen Tom Brady grow up in this league. I’ve seen Drew Brees,” Smith noted. “The main thing with all those guys, they’re hard workers and diligent. Those are the things I try to do, too.”
Smith emerged from a terrible slump to play well over the final four games last season.
He also reported to training camp with a greater sense of confidence and made huge strides in the offseason, according to coaches and teammates.
The Jets haven’t named him the starter yet and he’s competing against Michael Vick. But Smith received the majority of the first-team reps and is clearly ahead.