Quarterback Geno Smith is clearly ahead of both rookie Christian Hackenberg and second-year QB Bryce Petty in the competition to be the New York Jets’ No.2 quarterback according to Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports.
As he should be considering that Smith has 29 NFL starts under his belt in three-year career with the Jets as opposed to a raw rookie and a sophomore with exactly zero NFL snaps under his belt. The news is important, however, considering the dynamics of the Jets quarterbacking situation. Without question, veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick is the Jets starter in 2016 now that the long contract impasse between his agents and the front office has ended but he is on a one-year deal. Smith is in the last year of his rookie contract and it is clear he wants to get a fresh start elsewhere-and the Jets would love to make that happen.
If Hackenberg or Petty could show enough in camp to earn the No. 2 job, the Jets would be able to move on from Smith instead of potentially cutting one of their young projects. With neither making up any ground, however, the Jets will either have to keep four quarterbacks or cut Petty at the end of camp. Neither scenario is particularly attractive as the team could end up with only Hackenberg under contract in 2017-and few observers believe he will be ready to lead a playoff-caliber NFL team that soon.