Jun 11, 2013; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) and New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) during the New York Jets minicamp session at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

New York Jets Considering Geno Smith as 'Change-of-Pace' QB

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.

From Rich Cimini of ESPN New York:

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.

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