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New York Jets Notes- 9/23 - This Is Sports Zone

gIt might not always seem like it, but Geno Smith has made progress since he had the second most turnovers in the league in his rookie season. Geno threw 12 touchdown passes last season for the New York Jets, compared to 21 interceptions with eight total fumbles, four of which were lost. Geno added about 20-25 pounds of muscle in the offseason and came to camp prepared to work, trying to fully learn the offensive scheme of Marty Mornhinweg. Smith’s offseason work showed in his first two games of the season, and even in yesterday’s debacle of by the hands of the Chicago Bears. He is completing 63% of his passes and has thrown for over 700 yards, including a 300 yard performance against Chicago. However, it also proved that Geno still needs time to develop, as he began the game against the Bears by throwing a pick six that was returned 45 yards for a touchdown, on top of throwing an interception in the red zone later. The Jets have slightly upgraded their playmaking positions, but it’s still at the point where number 7 struggles throwing in the red zone and without a healthy Eric Decker, they really don’t have a number one playmaking option. While the fan calls for Michael Vick have begun, on Monday Rex Ryan attempted to silence those by calling Geno his guy. While Geno has improved, he is learning as he goes and his mistakes have costs the Jets, plus he needs to be mindful of what to do with the ball in pressure situations. In my opinion, he’s still poised for a breakout season..but Jets fans need to be patient.

The Jets were at one time known for their outstanding secondary play, and fans were spoiled when the teams’ top two cornerbacks were Antonio Cromartie and Darrelle Revis. Revis was a monster who could cover one half of the field by himself, and then the formidable Cromartie was on the other side, and he was money against almost any number two wideout. Times have changed for the Jets though, who now have cornerbacks by committee. Their cornerback tandem currently boasts Antonio Allen; a converted safety who has played well in his first three games but is subject to being beaten by the leagues best playmakers, and Darrin Walls; a former Notre Dame player who has never really been anything but serviceable. Rookie third rounder Dex McDougle was said to have extremely strong cover skills, but he tore his ACL and is out for the season. Then there is Dee Milliner, last years’ first round pick, ninth overall. Milliner looked poised for a breakout after a strong finish to last season. Unfortunately, he was hurt this preseason (figures..) and came back in week two against Green Bay, only to prove that he wasn’t ready to be playing. With Milliner out and the Jets playing with weak corners, the safety play and pass rush are going to become vital. Especially with Matt Stafford, Phillip Rivers, Peyton Manning, and Tom Brady all coming up in the next few weeks. One thing is for certain, if the Jets secondary doesn’t get it together, it’s going to be a LONG season.

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