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Geno Smith vs. other rookie QBs after week 5

Jets quarterback Geno Smith during pregame warmups in

Jets quarterback Geno Smith during pregame warmups in Week 3 against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. (Sept. 22, 2013) Photo Credit: Lee S. Weissman

Geno Smith's job as the Jets' starting quarterback seems to be on the line every week. Rex Ryan refuses to name him the starter for the rest of the season. After each interception Smith throws, a host of fans clamor for backup Matt Simms to enter the game.

But is the heavy scrutiny warranted?

We took a looked at how a host of famous quarterbacks did during their first five NFL starts and compared that with Geno. We also threw in Bills rookie EJ Manuel, who was also a player that interested the Jets. Players are ranked by completion percentage:

  Year Comp. Att. Completion percentage Yards TD INT Team record
Ben Roethlisberger 2004 84 117 71.7 957 7 2 5-0
Aaron Rodgers 2008 103 163 63.1 1,274 9 4 2-3
Joe Flacco 2008 90 144 62.5 844 1 7 2-3
Tom Brady 2001 99 159 62.2 1,023 7 4 3-2
Geno Smith 2013 94 156 60.3 1,289 7 8 3-2
EJ Manuel 2013 85 150 56.6 985 5 3 2-3
Mark Sanchez 2009 75 134 55.9 916 5 5 3-2
Peyton manning 1998 93 169 55.0 1,129 4 12 1-4
Matt Ryan 2008 71 131 54.1 863 4 3 3-2
Eli Manning 2004 55 124 44.3 632 3 7 0-5

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