Professor Eli, meet Geno, the fervent pupil.
That’s how ex-Jet quarterback Geno Smith explained his Monday signing with the Giants on a reported one-year, $2 million understanding after flitting a weekend physical: a “perfect scenario” with an event to learn from “a Hall of Fame quarterback” in Eli Manning.
“I wish to lift my notepad around and whatever we see Eli doing, either it’s in the classroom, on the margin or off the field, we wish to write it down,” Smith pronounced in a Giants release. “Because he’s a man you can indication yourself after.”
Smith, 26, who is recuperating from a ripped ACL in his right knee suffered last October, also called his signing “an event to be on a genuine good team, a winning team, (and to) get healthy.” He sounds vehement about the intensity for fortitude personification in East Rutherford, and he pronounced his knee is “doing great.”
“We’re being cautious,” Smith said. “I’m at that theatre where I’m feeling healthy adequate that we can pull it. But we have to be smart about it and not do anything that will means me setbacks.”
Of course, Smith’s signing with the Giants, where he is competing for a backup pursuit at best, no doubt indicates how low the Jets’ 2013 second-round pick’s batch has dropped. Especially coming off an injury, Smith was not going to find an NFL group peaceful to bring him in to start.
But clearly Smith is trying to spin this into a positive: If he can’t start, he’ll try and find a fresh start.
“Geno has a great, certain attitude,” GM Jerry Reese pronounced in the Giants’ release. “And he’s looking brazen to training and competing in the QB room.”
The Giants now have maestro Josh Johnson, whom they re-signed Friday to a two-year deal, and Smith as the primary foe for the backup pursuit behind Manning. Reese could breeze a quarterback, too, given he admittedly is looking for Manning’s successor. And Keith Wenning, a 2014 Ravens sixth-round collect with no unchanging deteriorate experience, is on the use squad.
The Giants’ best-case unfolding is for Manning to play every snap, and that’s customarily how this plays out: Manning has started 211 uninterrupted games, including both unchanging deteriorate and playoffs. Smith concurred the reality he likely won’t see the field.
“We design that to continue,” Smith pronounced of Manning’s durability. “I’m not coming aboard awaiting anything else. This is really an event for me to learn and to get better.”
So what this really seems to be about is a possibility for Smith to reconstruct himself physically and mentally in a new, enlivening sourroundings with a new story of success. Smith cited the event to learn from Giants QBs manager Frank Cignetti, conduct manager Ben McAdoo and Manning as outrageous reasons for his decision.
“I consider it will work out tremendously for me,” he said.
The question, though, will be if Smith can leave all of his play and bad football from Florham Park behind and strew the picture of being a unsuccessful 2013 second-round breeze collect of the Jets.
Smith’s off-field function was distant from indication in 4 seasons as a Jet: In Jan 2014, he was kicked off a craft at LAX for refusing to get off his dungeon phone. In tumble 2014, he accursed out a fan after a home detriment and then missed group meetings in San Diego, blaming the three-hour time change. Then in Aug 2015, Smith had his jaw broken by former teammate IK Enemkpali, who sucker-punched Smith in the locker room over a $600 debt.
Smith’s disaster on the field, though, has had a much larger impact on the still marketplace for his services in free agency: He has just a 12-18-0 career record as a starter, with a 57.9 career execution commission (501-for-866, 5,962 yards), 28 touchdown passes and 36 interceptions.
His turnovers and decision-making are the pivotal problem. He has rushed the round 135 times for 647 yards (4.8 per carry) and 7 TDs, while losing 7 of 17 career fumbles.
Smith done 29 of his 30 career starts for the Jets in his 2013 rookie deteriorate and in 2014, but in the past two seasons he has played in only 3 games and started just one.
Journeyman maestro Ryan Fitzpatrick claimed hold of the Jets QB pursuit in 2015, and just when Smith finally got the possibility to reinstate a struggling Fitzpatrick in Week 6 of last season, he started Week 7 against the Baltimore Ravens and tore his ACL in the second quarter.
Smith has a clever arm. He is still young. Maybe what he indispensable many was to leave the Jets and Florham Park for a new environment. Is staying in New York the best way for this former West Virginia standout to revive his pro career? Only time will tell.
“I have tons of good football ahead,” Smith said. “The pivotal is just staying healthy. If we can just stay healthy, the future is flattering bright. But we just demeanour brazen to this year and having an event to get healthy and learn and turn a better quarterback.”