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Geno Smith 'very pleased' after offseason workouts with Tom Brady's quarterback guru

Jets quarterback Geno Smith talks to the media

Jets quarterback Geno Smith talks to the media at the Jets training facility in Florham Park, N.J. on Monday, Dec. 29, 2014. Photo Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - In an attempt to improve his game, Geno Smith turned to Tom Brady's quarterback guru.

The Jets quarterback has spent time in California this offseason working out with former major-league pitcher-turned-quarterback tutor Tom House, who also has worked with Drew Brees, Alex Smith, Matt Cassel and former Jet Tim Tebow.

But Smith insisted his mechanics didn't need any fine-tuning.

"It wasn't a thing where I needed to change things," said Smith, who is 11-18 in two seasons. "It was basically just going out there to work out and get better, and that's what we accomplished."

Smith said he is "very pleased" with the progress he's made, but it remains to be seen what his new coaching staff thinks of him compared with the other quarterbacks on the roster.

"As of right now, I'm just focusing on getting better every single day and relishing every single opportunity that I have," Smith said on a conference call Monday after the team's first day of voluntary workouts. "Today's only Day 1, Phase 1."

Smith struggled as the starter the past two seasons, and last month general manager Mike Maccagnan traded for veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick. Coach Todd Bowles also hinted last week that the team wants to add another quarterback to the mix.

Smith acknowledged that Fitzpatrick "may have a better understanding of some things" because he previously played for new Jets offensive coordinator Chan Gailey, but he also said Fitzpatrick is "always willing to help. And that's very fortunate for all of us."

Smith brushed off speculation that the Jets are interested in drafting Oregon's Marcus Mariota, the 2014 Heisman Trophy winner. "Well, whoever we draft is going to obviously be someone who's going to help out this team," Smith said.

He also danced around questions that pertained to his level of play the past two years.

"I think we definitely fell short as a team," he said when asked if he is disappointed in his play.

"How did you look at your season from a personal standpoint?" he then was asked.

"We were 4-12 as a team,'' Smith said, "and it wasn't good enough."

Wilkerson a no-show. There was one noticeable absence at the Jets' facility Monday: Muhammad Wilkerson. The star defensive lineman, who has been seeking a contract extension since last season, skipped the first day of voluntary workouts. His agent, Chad Wiestling, said in a statement: "Muhammad will not be attending the Jets' voluntary workouts that began today. Muhammad has been engaged in a workout program with his personal trainer since February and believes that continuing with his current program will put him in the best physical shape for the 2015 season." The Jets exercised Wilkerson's fifth-year option and he is scheduled to make $6.969 million in 2015.


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