Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg seems to agree with Smith.
“We’ll see,” Mornhinweg told Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News regarding Smith’s chances of becoming the Week One start. “That’s up to him. That’s up to Geno. It’s really that simple. He’s been progressing at a very high rate. . . .
“Geno is an excellent athlete. He’s really progressed at a high level. He’s done this fast and it’s because he put in the hard work both on and off the field in preparation. He’s done an outstanding job that way. I know he’s got the mentality of if he can help the team in any way, he’ll do it.”
Mornhinweg added that Smith is “way ahead of the pace of a normal rookie,” and that Smith has the skills to get away with some mechanical flaws.
“They’re just so good athletically that they get away with them for a period of time and then they get better and better and better and better,” Mornhinweg said of players like Smith.