Aug 29, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) looks on before a pre-season game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Metlife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Geno Smith receives support from New York Jets teammates


Geno Smith, the rookie quarterback drafted by the New York Jets, has received full support from his teammates as he gets ready to make his debut start on Sunday.

Players like wide receiver Jeremy Kerley and cornerback Antonio Cromartie spoke their thoughts on the new quarterback to ESPN’s Matt Ehalt. Both came away impressed from Smith’s work ethic as a rookie and his arm.

“With him being a rookie, he’s stepping up, being more vocal with the offense, he takes time grabbing guys aside for extra film work and stuff like that,” Kerley said. “He’s stepping up as a rookie.”

Smith also earned praise from his teammates for having a strong arm, which could be utilized to stretch the field more than the Jets have in the past.

“He can make every single throw. The way he learned this offense, he learned it very well,” cornerback Antonio Cromartie said. ” I think Marty (Mornhinweg) will do a great job of making sure the game plan is built around him to do what he needs to do.”

This will mark the first time in five years that the Jets will start the season without Mark Sanchez. The Jets will open up at home against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.

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