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Jets won't commit to Geno Smith as starting QB next season

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1/1/2014 10:44:37 AM
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Geno Smith may have shown improvement late in the season, but he shouldn’t expect to have the Jets’ starting job handed back to him at training camp this summer, Seth Walder of the New York Daily News reports.

It isn’t surprising that John Idzik and Rex Ryan wouldn’t commit to Smith Tuesday at their season wrapup press conference, considering all season they would not name him the starting quarterback beyond the next game. In all likelihood, Smith will be competing for the starting job next year with someone the Jets acquire via the draft or free agency.

“We’re all excited about having Geno as part of the Jets but we will always look to improve every position in any manner we can and that doesn’t change going into 2014,” said Idzik, the first-year general manager. “We’ll look at quarterbacks, yes we’ll look at quarterbacks.”

When asked if Smith would be the starter heading into training camp, Idzik said: “We don’t look too far into the future with that. Again, Geno started 16 games for us. You all witnessed how he did, how he finished strong. We’re very, very excited and happy that Geno is with us.”

Though Idzik and Ryan were mum on Smith’s job status next season, they were optimistic about what they had seen from him lately.

“He’s a very resilient young man,” Idzik said. “For him to start all 16 games, go through the highs and lows of an NFL season and just to see him develop as a player, see him handle a game, see him be more efficient in the pocket, his accuracy, threatening with his legs, all of the things that he did, they were very positive.”

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