Sunday, August 17, 2014

Geno Smith feeling more comfortable using his legs


Geno Smith showed flashes last year of his ability to move the chains with his legs, and Saturday night, his progress in that department continued.

While connecting on 7-of-10 passes for 98 yards in the Jets' 25-17 preseason victory over the Cincinnati Bengals, Smith found the end zone once on the ground and converted on a third down in the red zone.

“I do feel a lot more comfortable deciding when to pull it down and run," Smith said after the game, via the NY Daily News. "(I) feel a lot faster and stronger. I feel like that’s something that’s going to help our team out, especially on third down when it’s all covered down the field and I have an opportunity.”

He totaled 20 yards on four carries as the first of three Gang Green signal-callers to make an appearance on the night, facing the Bengals' starters with some time against the backups.

Smith led the Jets on a trio of scoring of drives, throw he did through an interception on what appeared to be a miscommunication with receiver David Nelson.

Assumed backup Michael Vick connected on five of nine passes for 70 yards and a touchdown against the Bengals reserves, and the overwhelmed Tajh Boyd was 1-for-6 with minus-1 yards on the ground.

Chris Johnson put together a nice total of 63 yards rushing on 10 carries, though the standout in the backfield was all-purpose back Bilal Powell, who tallied 41 yards and a touchdown on four carries. Powell also caught two passes for 12 yards.

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