Sunday, September 22, 2013

Geno gives Jets vertical game they've missed


The new New York Jets can score from just about anywhere on the field. That's something the old Jets couldn't quite boast about.

Rookie quarterback Geno Smith gave a glimpse of the kind of vertical game he can provide in a 27-20 victory over the division rival Buffalo Bills Sunday.

Smith threw two touchdown passes, connecting with Stephen Hill on a 51-yard bomb down the right sideline in the second quarter before hitting Santonio Holmes on an even bigger 69-yard bomb in the fourth-quarter for the game-winner.

“I just wanted to give [Holmes] a good chance, give him a good ball,” Smith said after the game, via The Star-Ledger.

And that he did.

Smith finished the game completing 16 of his 29 pass attempts for 331 yards, the two air touchdowns and a pair of interceptions. He also rushed for a score.

The first-year signal-caller had a lot of good Sunday, but all he could focus on after the game was the bad. That's the kind of attitude that is so negative that it's a positive. The Jets will sign up for that.

“I hate to use a rookie title as an excuse,” he said. “I’ve got to find a way not to turn the ball over. I know I’ll improve.”

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