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Geno Smith shrugs off cheers from Jets fans

New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith practices during

New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith practices during training camp at the team's practice facility in Florham Park, N.J. on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015. Credit: Andrew Theodorakis

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Geno Smith has heard his fair share of boos over the years, but on Saturday the Jets fans were on his side.

During the team's first padded practice of the summer, the crowd of more than 1,500 showed their support for the third-year quarterback with plenty of applause and cheers.

So how did it feel to get all that love from the crowd?

"It makes no difference to me, honestly, man," Smith said Saturday. "I've been playing football my entire life, so I know the ups and downs of it."

Of course, Smith has been anything but a fan favorite over the past two seasons. He's 11-18 as a starter and has compiled a lowlight reel of less-than-memorable plays in a Jets jersey. But on Saturday, he showed poise, a strong arm and precision in tight windows.

The Jets offense also wore down the defense on Day 3 and won the competition portion of practice. As a result, the entire defense had to do push-ups before heading off the field.

"That's always the goal," Smith said. "Any time we go out there and it's a competition period we've got push-ups at stake. So we want to win, and we got the win today.

"But we've got to put it behind us. You want to treat it like a game; put it behind you and move on to tomorrow."

Defensive star Darrelle Revis has also heard his name called a lot throughout practice. And the shutdown corner is appreciative of the love.

"It's great," Revis said. "It's great to be accepted back with open arms. I think the fans are just excited for this year. We made a lot of offseason acquisitions and I think they're just excited. They're yelling, chanting. Geno is throwing balls. They're excited.

"So I think the energy this year from the fan base is very ecstatic. I think they're just ready to see some great football being played."


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