Geno Smith, QB, Jets
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2014 Outlook: Deep-league OnlyLast updated on Jul-13-2014 by Mark Morales-Smith
In his rookie season, Geno Smith showed why he slipped out of the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft. Much like his day at West Virgina, Smith was wildly inconsistent and was a turnover machine. Smith threw just 12 touchdowns to go along with 21 interceptions and seven fumbles. These numbers resulted in a 35.9 QBR. While Michael Vick is clearly the superior quarterback, Smith is expected to be the Jets' starter. He has been taking 75-percent of the snaps with the starting unit this offseason. His passing numbers are miserable; however, Smith is a decent runner. He carried the ball 72 times for six TDs and 366 yards. He lacks elite speed, yet defenses have to respect his ability to take off out of the pocket. Smith did have a few big fantasy weeks against Buffalo, Atlanta and a tough Cleveland defense. He also went from October 20th to December 8th without throwing a single touchdown pass and that just can't happen again if he wants to keep his job. With awful play like this, Smith can't be trusted to put up respectable numbers. Even with new weapons like free agent WR Eric Decker and rookie TE Jace Amaro, Smith is at best a desperation fill-in; and if he falters, don't be surprised if the Jets call upon Vick. Rex Ryan wants to win now and he most likely won't hesitate to move on from Smith if he has another bad season.
The New York Post, a publication that never passes up an opportunity for a cheeky headline, put it perfectly:
That was atop Brian Costello's article about Johnson's first camp practice as a Jet on Thursday. Costello wrote that the most interesting aspect of Johnson's day was how often the Jets positioned him as a wide receiver.
"They put him in motion and flexed him out as a wide receiver quite a few times, perhaps showing one of their plans for him," Costello said of Johnson.
Wide receiver David Nelson can definitely see the positives that come with moving Johnson to the perimeter and how much more difficult it makes the defense's task.
"When you see Chris Johnson in the flat, they're going to have to be mindful of that," Nelson said. "They're going to have to jump to that. When they do that, it opens up a lot of spaces and a lot of spots in the middle of the field. If they don't, he's going to take it to the house. It opens up a whole different dimension for us, especially in the passing game."
Johnson said he felt no pain in the knee that was scoped during the offseason. Credit to the Jets for doing this with him. We always heard about how the Titans wanted to get him more involved as a receiver, but it never really happened as frequently as most imagined. Hopefully the Jets aren't just leading us on.
Swinging the ball out to Johnson will somewhat make up for the carries he's bound to lose to Chris Ivory. Bilal Powell will also be involved, no matter what Johnson thinks.
Johnson may not have 4.24 speed these days, but he would still be a nightmare for linebackers to cover. And quarterback Geno Smith would love to have him as a safety valve. The timeshare means CJ?K is a low-end RB2 in standard leagues. Maybe the timeshare will also make him a bit of a bargain in PPRs.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors7/28 - Jets RB Chris Johnson lining up at WR in camp
7/27 - Jets QB Geno Smith says he will be a top-5 quarterback by 2015 or 2016
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