The New York Jets appear ready to roll with veteran Mark Sanchez at quarterback for the 2013-14 NFL season, but we still may see rookie Geno Smith taking the field this year with a limited role in the team’s offense. According to recent reports, the is “toying with the idea” of using the former West Virginia star as a change-of-pace quarterback in certain packages.
The coaches are toying with the idea of turning Smith into what Tebow was supposed to be last season — a change-of-pace quarterback (assuming he doesn’t win the starting job). Smith would have a package of plays, mainly read-option runs that could exploit his speed.
The upside: It would give him some game experience, albeit in a gadget role, and add a wrinkle to the offense. The downside: He wasn’t very productive when West Virginia called designed runs, which wasn’t often. Smith, who considers himself a pocket passer, gives the impression he wouldn’t be thrilled in that role.
The Jets have tried this before and it has been a total failure.
For Smith, it may not be the best idea to become a package player, but he will have no choice other than to accept what the Jets ask of him.
Becoming a player in a limited role may be something that stunts his growth as a pro, however, the Jets will have to do what they feel is best.