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Geno Smith signed by Jets, believes he can start
The Jets announced the signing of second-round draft pick Geno Smith on Monday morning. Smith was signed to a four-year contract worth about $5 million.
But even before Smith was officially in the fold, he wanted everyone to know he could be the team's starter.
The Mark Sanchez-Smith quarterback competition takes center stage when the Jets open their training camp practices on Friday in upstate Cortland, and the rookie Smith enters the duel with plenty of confidence.
“I feel like I have a great shot,” he told the Charleston (West Virginia) Gazette at an autograph-signing event over the weekend. “I did a pretty good job overall of just adapting to the [Jets'] system and playbook and felt very comfortable with it by the end of OTAs [organized team activities] and mandatory [mini-] camp [in June].”
But it’s more than just winning the job that Smith is after.
“I have a goal in mind and I'm really going to go after that,” he said. “I want to be the best. It's going to take time and effort and that's what I'm willing to put in. Once I step on the field it's about business. I'm really appreciative to have made it to this level, but there's a lot more for me out there and I'm going to try and strive for it.”
He thinks he has made steady improvement the last several months.
“I'm prepared,” Smith said. “I'm just getting better daily. I've improved so much from the time the [Pinstripe Bowl] ended [in December] to now. I continue to improve steadily.”
First-round picks Dee Milliner and Sheldon Richardson remain unsigned.