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Why Geno Smith isn’t upset by his interception in Jets’ preseason loss

Quarterback Geno Smith #7 of the New York

Quarterback Geno Smith #7 of the New York Jets passes the ball against the Washington Redskins at FedExField on August 19, 2016 in Landover, Maryland. The Redskins defeated the Jets 22-18. Credit: Larry French/Getty Images

LANDOVER, Md. — Hey, mistakes happen.

After an admittedly subpar performance, Geno Smith tried not to dwell on his costly miscalculation.

“I mean, turnovers are going to happen. That’s the game,” he said outside of the visitor’s locker room at FedEx Field.

His latest miscue came Friday night against the Redskins, an ill-timed interception in the second quarter. Instead of connecting with receiver Charone Peake on second-and-10 at the Jets’ 41, Smith threw the ball into the hands of safety Will Blackmon, who ran it back 10 yards. On the very next play, Redskins quarterback Colt McCoy hit Rashad Ross for a 39-yard touchdown.

“Every quarterback is going to throw an interception,” Smith said. “The key thing is, can you learn from it?”

Some might argue that he has yet to grasp that important lesson.

Before Smith ever lost his starting job to Ryan Fitzpatrick — thanks to the now-infamous Ikemefuna Enemkpali punch — he was a starting quarterback for two seasons with an 11-18 record. As a rookie in 2013, he threw 12 touchdown passes and 21 interceptions. The next year he had the same amount of TDs passes and interceptions: 13.

“The safety read my eyes, intercepted it,” Smith said of Blackmon’s quick thinking. “You know, one of those plays where you wish you could have it back. But you understand that it’s part of the process, part of the game. They’re going to happen no matter what, no matter what you try to do. So you’ve got to just move on, keep playing.”

If coach Todd Bowles was irked by Smith’s latest interception, he didn’t show it after the game.

“We don’t want turnovers. We had three of them on the night,” he said. “Again, I’ve got to look at the film and assess what he did and what he didn’t do.”


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