Brandon Marshall believes Geno Smith will "get his shot" at some point to run the Jets offense.
During a SiriusXM Radio interview Friday, the playmaking receiver expressed confidence in the young quarterback, who lost his starting job to journeyman Ryan Fitzpatrick.
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Asked about the difference between playing with Smith and Fitzpatrick, Marshall said: "The only difference is one has a lot of experience and seen a lot of football, knows a lot of football, and Geno is still trying to establish himself in the NFL."
Smith, whose jaw was broken on Aug. 11 during a locker-room altercation with a teammate, recovered faster than his initial 6-to-10-week timetable. But even though he's been medically cleared to return to the field, Jets coach Todd Bowles said this week that Fitzpatrick will remain the starter for his 2-0 team.
But Marshall still thinks that Smith can -- and will -- have "a monster year" for the Jets.
"To be honest it was more of, you could possibly say I was leading the way when it was with Geno and now it's Fitz leading the way," Marshall said on "The Stephen A. Smith Show."
"But like I said from the beginning -- and I'll stand by this -- Geno is going to have a monster year, but unfortunately he's not in it right now. But he'll get his shot. He's still young and he has a long career ahead of him."
Smith expressed similar sentiments on Thursday when he spoke to the media for the first time since finding out Fitzpatrick would remain the starter for now.
"I'm 24 years old," the third-year quarterback said, when asked if he believes his window with the Jets is closing. "So whoever wants to say that, they can say that. But I know that I have a lot of football left in me, and I will get a chance. If it happens here or wherever."
Smith also admitted he was not pleased with the decision, but he said he wasn't surprised by it. "I'm not happy," he said. "But it's not one of those things where it's going to change my approach, or going to change the way that I approach teammates. It's the decision. I understand it. I'm not bitter about it. I understand why."
During the radio interview, Marshall also voiced frustration that he's not universally mentioned as one of the elite receivers in the NFL.
"I definitely think I'm one of the best out there," said Marshall, who has 9,934 receiving yards and 67 touchdowns in his 10-year career. "I take pride in my work.
"My approach is not one of, I'm going out there to be the best wide receiver and run great routes. I look at it as my life's work. Football doesn't define me but it is a part of a bigger picture. And it's my craft, it's art to me.
"And when I go out there I just try my best to not only to be the number one receiver on my team but being the number one receiver in the league. And to be totally honest and transparent, uh, it [makes me really mad] that no one recognizes that. And it's OK because all you can do is put your head down and work and when you get your opportunities it will happen."
Marshall also noted that the vibe around the Jets' facility is good, but players aren't at all satisfied.
"I don't think anybody in the building is happy with where we're at, and it's weird," he said. "We're grateful, we have a great feeling, it's a great attitude in the building, but we're giving up some stuff and leaving some stuff on the field that we would love to capitalize on.
"And that's a good feeling when you're at 2-0 and the world is saying that you're balling and everyone [on the team] is saying, man we could be so much better. So I love that humility that's surrounding our team right now."