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Geno Smith expects to be a top-five quarterback soon

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The Jets aren’t willing to name Geno Smith their starting quarterback for the 2014 season, but Smith feels confident that he’ll erase any doubts about his ability to thrive in the NFL in the next couple of years.

Smith was voted the No. 32 quarterback in the 32-team league in a recent poll by ESPN and is expecting to find himself on the other end of the rankings before too long. Smith said that “guys improve all the time” and that he’s putting in the hard work it will take to climb the ladder after a rough rookie season.

“The thing about it is, you have to climb up,” Smith said, via ESPNNewYork.com. “If I’m No. 32, by this time next year or the year after, I expect to be in the top 5.”

There will certainly be those that disagree with Smith’s feeling that he can rise that high, but it’s hard to fault a player for setting that kind of goal for themselves. In the end, it doesn’t much matter where Smith ranks in an ESPN poll as long as he can show significant progress over last season.

He was resilient enough to turn in some of his best performances in the final weeks of the season and there’s more talent around him than there was on an underpowered Jets offense last season. He’ll need to use that extra help to turn those encouraging moments into a higher level of play over the entire season to make any move up the ladder or the Jets might turn to Michael Vick and then look elsewhere before training camp next season.

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  1. bassplucker says: Jul 27, 2014 9:11 AM

    Jeez… Dee Milliner running his mouth and now Geno?

    The Jets just need to put a sock in it already, and it starts with their head coach. Stuff like this is a huge reason most people outside New York consider them a joke at best or despise them at worst.

  2. jetsfmleveryday says: Jul 27, 2014 9:12 AM

    See how the jets FML every day? Just play ball!!

  3. lostsok says: Jul 27, 2014 9:13 AM

    He’s the Dee Milliner of quarterbacks!

  4. punkyqb says: Jul 27, 2014 9:14 AM

    Yea and I’ve got a bridge for sale in Arizona.

  5. carefreejt6 says: Jul 27, 2014 9:14 AM

    best corner in the league, top 5 QB in the league… I’m shaking in my boots as a pats fan

  6. j0esixpack says: Jul 27, 2014 9:14 AM

    Geeze

    thanks for making hot coffee spurt out my nose – that actually hurts

    I’m sending you guys the medical bill

    Warn a guy next time

  7. silkyjohnson937 says: Jul 27, 2014 9:16 AM

    Apparently the Jets a top five everything according to the players and coaches. The only thing I envision them having a top five of is draft pick.

  8. fiverings37 says: Jul 27, 2014 9:17 AM

    Top 5 back-up? Sure

  9. mrbigass says: Jul 27, 2014 9:17 AM

    Yup. And I expect Salma Hayek to give me a lap dance….

  10. thesmartest1 says: Jul 27, 2014 9:17 AM

    I hope he meant top 15. Let’s not get carried away…

  11. ftball101 says: Jul 27, 2014 9:17 AM

    I don’t see the big deal about a player making goals. I’d also want my QB to work toward being a top 5 player instead of the #32 player at his position.

  12. thefootballgodssay says: Jul 27, 2014 9:17 AM

    i just spit my coffee on my screen LOL

  13. markhiggs says: Jul 27, 2014 9:19 AM

    Is there a more annoying team in sports than the Jets? Bottom feeders for decades yet they act like they just won the super bowl every year.

  14. 700levelvet says: Jul 27, 2014 9:19 AM

    When the HC gets a tattoo. Then you’ve made it son… Lol

  15. PeterKingLovesCoqAVin says: Jul 27, 2014 9:19 AM

    32 seems high Some teams have two quarterbacks better than him.

  16. Canyonero says: Jul 27, 2014 9:20 AM

    At least he’s not already boasting that he’s the best.

    Then again, he’s not a cornerback.

  17. Scumby says: Jul 27, 2014 9:21 AM

    I’m expecting Denise Milani to show up in my bedroom soon.

  18. cool10857 says: Jul 27, 2014 9:24 AM

    Keep dreaming Geno because it’s NOT going to happen.

  19. zam0854 says: Jul 27, 2014 9:26 AM

    Try being a top 5 QB in NY first playa!

  20. hakunamangata says: Jul 27, 2014 9:29 AM

    I expected to be a billionaire by now, guess we both have to adjust to disappointment huh geno?

  21. jimair1 says: Jul 27, 2014 9:30 AM

    Why is he returning to high school to be in the top five?

  22. cdrion21 says: Jul 27, 2014 9:30 AM

    In the Big 12?

  23. petecarrolmorelikecheatpayroll says: Jul 27, 2014 9:31 AM

    If I were Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees or Andrew Luck, I’d be insulted. But in reality, I’m sure the above don’t even know who Geno Smith is.

  24. myworldurjuslivinit says: Jul 27, 2014 9:32 AM

    ‘Expect’ everything, but ‘earning’ would be way too difficult…sigh.

  25. captaincanoe says: Jul 27, 2014 9:32 AM

    Top five on the Jets? Good thing Tebow isn’t there any longer.

  26. politicallyincorrect says: Jul 27, 2014 9:33 AM

    confidence is great but this Jets stuff is insane

    still convinced Jets are in league mainly for humor

    Smith’s goal should be to be a legit top 32 QB… and if he ends up there that will be a major improvement at this point

    to even say top 5 is disrespectful and insulting to the legit QBs

    what next from these Jets

  27. gocaps8 says: Jul 27, 2014 9:35 AM

    Pryor must have injured himself knocking heads with Geno. Check his pupils doc!

  28. beerbratscheese says: Jul 27, 2014 9:35 AM

    And here I thought it was Calvin Pryor that suffered the head injury.

  29. flash1287 says: Jul 27, 2014 9:36 AM

    All this greatness and still just an 8-8 team.

  30. therealtrenches says: Jul 27, 2014 9:38 AM

    Well, just like his coach, he runs his mouth about how good he is before having accomplished anything. He’s a Jet through and through.

  31. siriusred67 says: Jul 27, 2014 9:41 AM

    Are the Jets a football team or a comedy team? How do they keep saying things like this with a straight face?

  32. hawk3a1 says: Jul 27, 2014 9:42 AM

    Wow what is it about Jets that inflates these guys?

  33. packerman1968 says: Jul 27, 2014 9:43 AM

    Top 5 in interceptions?

  34. mzim2756 says: Jul 27, 2014 9:45 AM

    As a jets fan I just wish they would all be quiet and just play. Let your play determine where you rank, words are stupid, it is good to be confident in your abilities but don’t say things that you can’t back up yet and may never

  35. GenXJay says: Jul 27, 2014 9:45 AM

    Remember his draft day, the 1st day…laughable. he was driving out of NYC pouting. I wonder how he’s going to take not living up to a top 5 qb?
    Does NY have a suicide hotline?

  36. stinkfist5 says: Jul 27, 2014 9:46 AM

    Hahahaha

  37. dickshotdogs says: Jul 27, 2014 9:46 AM

    It really is amazing. I’m a Patriots fan, and I find it remarkable that a guy like Tom Brady still plays with incredible fire, and is still hell bent on proving himself, yet a guy in his own division is so self absorbed, he actually thinks his name should be mentioned in the same breath as Tom, Peyton, Aaron, Drew et. al. Heck, I’d take Ryan, Wilson, Kaep, and a host of others ahead of this rapper wannabe. Shoot, I’d probably take Gabbert! Here’s some advice for you Geno. Keep one eye over your shoulder. There’s another QB on your roster, and I think he just might be starting the first week of September.

  38. drewzducks says: Jul 27, 2014 9:55 AM

    If by “soon” he means never then I agree with Geno 100%.

  39. cmdrsmooth says: Jul 27, 2014 9:56 AM

    Geno has beaten two of the top 5 already(Brady & Brees), as a rookie with zero weapons. The kid is on his way. Great to see he has high goals from himself. Unlike the filth that spend their time trolling the Jets.

  40. gpete1962 says: Jul 27, 2014 9:56 AM

    He forgot the 2 in front of the 5

  41. orthomarine says: Jul 27, 2014 9:56 AM

    Wow Jets, just wow

  42. harrisonhits2 says: Jul 27, 2014 9:56 AM

    Geno will be here all week in case you missed tonight’s performance at open mic night at the comedy club.

  43. gayforbrady says: Jul 27, 2014 9:59 AM

    Geno Smith is perfect for the jets.

    He is the Dane Cook of quarterbacks.

  44. 3yardsndust says: Jul 27, 2014 9:59 AM

    Wait, who is Geno Smith? Oh, riiight.

  45. revren10 says: Jul 27, 2014 10:01 AM

    Geno Smith= Vince Young 2.0

  46. ripwarrior says: Jul 27, 2014 10:02 AM

    It could happen. I could also make it rich tomorrow in the stock market.

  47. ar1888 says: Jul 27, 2014 10:03 AM

    Maybe top 5 in the Jets QB depth chart.

  48. officialgame says: Jul 27, 2014 10:03 AM

    No one can’t say the Jets haven’t taken on the delusional personality of their head coach.

  49. realdealsteel says: Jul 27, 2014 10:03 AM

    Smith is well on his way to being a historic bust. Top 5.

  50. canetic says: Jul 27, 2014 10:06 AM

    He’s one of the Top 5 worst qb’s in the league, that’s for sure.

  51. fordmandalay says: Jul 27, 2014 10:10 AM

    In the top five QBs on the Jets, maybe. MAYBE.

  52. basexc9 says: Jul 27, 2014 10:13 AM

    Wow

  53. bullcharger says: Jul 27, 2014 10:14 AM

    If you can become a NFL QB it’s ok to aspire to be top 5. It’s already pretty rare air. That said, why tell the media that?

  54. realityonetwo says: Jul 27, 2014 10:16 AM

    He may be a top 5 QB, but has GQ published a photo of him in a bathtub?

  55. beachsidejames says: Jul 27, 2014 10:18 AM

    If he thinks he is going to be in the top 5 in the next couple years good luck hoping everyone waits around while he tries to figure it out. Its THIS year or your history.

  56. movethesticks76 says: Jul 27, 2014 10:23 AM

    Maybe in the CFL

  57. shutmdownd says: Jul 27, 2014 10:23 AM

    Top 5 backups???

  58. pisano says: Jul 27, 2014 10:24 AM

    Geno’s in for a rude awakening, he may think he’ll be a top-five quarterback, but the Jets aren’t so sure, proof in the pudding? Why would they bring Michael Vick in if they were sure of Geno? I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again, Michael Vick will be the starting quarterback by the third or fourth game of the season, if not before.

  59. alshonbrandontandem says: Jul 27, 2014 10:25 AM

    Yea & I’m going to be a top 5 Offensive Tackle.

    (BTW: I’m 5’10” & 180 pds)

  60. mikeyhigs says: Jul 27, 2014 10:25 AM

    He might become a top 5 QB…in the AFC East

  61. bostonbadass says: Jul 27, 2014 10:26 AM

    He’s actually not a bad QB but those words are a tall order to fill considering last year’s play…
    But who knows maybe Rex has found his crystal ball. …..

  62. brownsclown says: Jul 27, 2014 10:28 AM

    And I, at 5’2″ and 297 pounds, will be a world class marathon runner sooner!

  63. faulkana says: Jul 27, 2014 10:30 AM

    did Rex tell him that?

  64. dadsource says: Jul 27, 2014 10:33 AM

    Top 5 have rings, buddy. You haven’t even seen the postseason yet.

  65. wny49er says: Jul 27, 2014 10:38 AM

    Top 5? Maybe in the AFC East.

  66. theparadoxx82 says: Jul 27, 2014 10:40 AM

    They left off the end of the quote:

    ” I expect to be in the top 5 QBs on the Jets”

  67. eaglesnoles05 says: Jul 27, 2014 10:41 AM

    He is top 2 on his team already, so he is on his way i guess?

  68. eaglesnoles05 says: Jul 27, 2014 10:42 AM

    5’2″ 297? That’s… impressive? Worrisome? Not sure.

  69. pone27 says: Jul 27, 2014 10:43 AM

    Lol, you guys on here are such haters.

    Guy has a goal. He is the WORST ranked QB in the NFL right now according to ESPN. He obviously is going to shoot high and go for it.

    I am not a Jets fan at all, but give the guy a break.

  70. buffaloisadumpsterandtheirfansaremorons says: Jul 27, 2014 10:43 AM

    LOL at all the jealous haters in this thread.

  71. billbrasky72 says: Jul 27, 2014 10:46 AM

    Cute

  72. tooz72 says: Jul 27, 2014 10:46 AM

    L M F A O

  73. m1mplax39 says: Jul 27, 2014 10:48 AM

    I’m laughing and I’m a die hard Jets fan

  74. bengalskuta82 says: Jul 27, 2014 10:48 AM

    Love the kids courage but I can’t help lol

  75. packerswin96 says: Jul 27, 2014 10:50 AM

    Maybe he means top 5 in his division?

  76. patriotsdefense says: Jul 27, 2014 10:54 AM

    The Jets talk too much. What’s new?

  77. juanweiner says: Jul 27, 2014 10:55 AM

    Jets! Jets! Jets! J O K E S!

  78. denverwally says: Jul 27, 2014 10:56 AM

    How did the Jets even lose a game last year with Geno and Dee on the roster?

  79. runtheball says: Jul 27, 2014 11:00 AM

    He needs to be better than that. I don’t think the Jet’s are going to keep more than three QBs on the roster.

  80. poiseup says: Jul 27, 2014 11:00 AM

    I expect to win powerball soon!

  81. voiceofreasonsays says: Jul 27, 2014 11:01 AM

    Even Cam and RG3 have a better chance of being a too 5 QB than Geno “Pick 6″ Smith.

  82. vusnu says: Jul 27, 2014 11:02 AM

    Talk is cheap.

  83. jchipwood says: Jul 27, 2014 11:03 AM

    If he was as good as brady the jets would have went 6 – 10 last year.

  84. cueghost says: Jul 27, 2014 11:04 AM

    Geno Smith is currently the 5th best QB in his DIVISION!!! LOL

    Brady
    Tannehill
    Vick
    Manuel
    Smith

    This guy really truly is not a smart man.

  85. sportsfan18 says: Jul 27, 2014 11:08 AM

    Yes, we want our athletes confident. But they need brains too. One usually doesn’t improve unless they are honest with themselves and about their game.

    They have to recognize their weaknesses to be able to improve upon them.

    He may WANT to be a top 5 QB and he may even tell us that is his goal and that he would like it to be sooner than later…

    But to say that he EXPECTS it SOON is not the right way to go about it as I doubt he’s working at his craft the way Brady and Peyton and some others do.

    Read up on how Walter Payton prepared for each season. His off season workouts and preparation was legendary.

    Geno, I hope you reach the levels you want to attain. But you need to be realistic first.

  86. jetsfan67 says: Jul 27, 2014 11:13 AM

    Hahaha all the haters. Bwahahaha

  87. securb2013 says: Jul 27, 2014 11:14 AM

    Geno isn’t even in the top five on the Jets and they only have 3 QBs. Dee Millner will be quick to tell you he can throw the ball better than Gemo.

  88. jpalughi823 says: Jul 27, 2014 11:16 AM

    he sure could be. providing QBs 1-30 were all on a plane that went down.

  89. crawfish2011 says: Jul 27, 2014 11:20 AM

    The whole team needs to be drug tested

  90. voiceofreasonsays says: Jul 27, 2014 11:24 AM

    1. Brady
    2. P. Manning
    3. Brees
    4. Rodgers
    5. Rothlesberger
    6. Luck
    7. Rivers
    8. Romo
    9. Cutler
    10. Griffin
    11. Wilson
    12. Foles
    13. Ryan
    14. Newton
    15. Stafford
    16. A. Smith
    17. Kaepernick
    18. Dalton
    19. Flacco
    20. Schaub
    21. Bradford
    22. E. Manning
    23. Tannehill
    24. Hoyer
    25. Manuel
    26. Bortles
    27. Palmer
    28. Locker
    29. Bridgewater
    30. McCown
    31. Whoever the Texans have
    32. G. Smith

  91. bobby927 says: Jul 27, 2014 11:27 AM

    Top 5 on the Jets depth chart is more like it.

  92. spfripp says: Jul 27, 2014 11:30 AM

    Question…….are the jets exempt from drug testing? Just wondering.

  93. nflpoker says: Jul 27, 2014 11:43 AM

    Yah. I he also believes in the Easter bunny.

  94. hansenbrothers says: Jul 27, 2014 11:48 AM

    Haaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!

  95. pgilbert15303 says: Jul 27, 2014 11:50 AM

    2013 – Geno Smith expects to be picked 1st…

    Well we know one thing, he’s very confident.

  96. largent80100 says: Jul 27, 2014 11:57 AM

    bwahahahahahahahahaha

  97. beattention says: Jul 27, 2014 12:03 PM

    and I expect to be rich any day.

  98. rahavort says: Jul 27, 2014 12:13 PM

    12 Touchdowns and 21 Interceptions….sounds like a top 5 to me! Somebody might want to drug test Geno and possibly the whole Jets team and staff as to what they have been smoking

  99. morr24 says: Jul 27, 2014 12:19 PM

    Could it be that confidence has transformed into self-delusion? Yes!

  100. patsfan112 says: Jul 27, 2014 12:21 PM

    Sure he does. And I expect to win the mega millions lottery soon too. LOL!

  101. steves11 says: Jul 27, 2014 12:22 PM

    “Whoever the Texans have”

    Ha ha….that’s a good one. It means that ANYONE the Texans put at QB is better than Geno Smith. Can’t get much lower ranked than that.

  102. taintedsaints2009 says: Jul 27, 2014 12:37 PM

    Man I hope this team goes 0-16

  103. largent80100 says: Jul 27, 2014 12:39 PM

    Backups better than Geno:
    Vick aka his own backup
    Matt Moore
    Case Keenum
    40-year old Hasselbeck
    Sanchize
    Matt Flynn
    Bridgewater/Cassel
    Tarvaris Jackson
    Shaun Hill
    Kyle Orton if he signs with someone

  104. poorcalvinisstuckonthecrappylions says: Jul 27, 2014 1:23 PM

    Bills > Jets
    Bills > Jets
    Bills > Jets

  105. pats777 says: Jul 27, 2014 1:31 PM

    WRex needs to muzzle his player’s ridiculous proclamations. Oh wait, that will never freaking happen under his big top circus, never mind.

  106. speicher145 says: Jul 27, 2014 1:37 PM

    oh my lanta.

  107. thermanmerman99 says: Jul 27, 2014 1:49 PM

    Well he does look like Martin Lawrence, I guess he is trying to overtake him as a comedian

  108. steelcurtainn says: Jul 27, 2014 1:58 PM

    LOL….top five starter….lots of comedians in the NFL. He needs to work on being a starter first.

  109. afcdomination says: Jul 27, 2014 2:20 PM

    why don’t you work on becoming one of the elite few who can throw more TD’s than INT’s first.

    why doesn’t Dee Millner actually play a good season of football before he claims he is pro bowl material let alone the best in the freaking league.

    why does rex make statements to the press fueling the patriots with bulletin board material that we have seen Bill use in the past by saying the Patriots should be afraid of us. ???

    and people wonder why other NFL Fans laugh at the Jets?

  110. toddsage1billsfan says: Jul 27, 2014 2:21 PM

    I love that a divisional foes QB is completely delusional. An amazing Jets D line will be wasted due to this joke of a QB.

  111. swensose says: Jul 27, 2014 2:31 PM

    Role the Billy Madison scene please(modified):

    Geno, what you just said is one of the the most insanely idiotic things I’ve ever read, at no point in your rambling incoherent response were you close to anything that would be considered a rational thought everyone in on this blog room is now dumber for having read it.

  112. jmblosser82 says: Jul 27, 2014 2:42 PM

    Is the league cutting down to 6 teams?

  113. s0lewis says: Jul 27, 2014 2:42 PM

    He will be top 5 QB for most interceptions.

  114. jetsbandwagon says: Jul 27, 2014 2:49 PM

    #JetsDynasty
    #Geno=Top 5 QB
    #Brady= Bottom 5 if he never cheated

  115. kgun80 says: Jul 27, 2014 3:19 PM

    How about… I’m working hard everyday to improve. Hopefully I can help my team win and lead by example. There is no humility on this team that is why everyone hates them and can’t wait to watch them fail.

  116. laurencejn says: Jul 27, 2014 3:52 PM

    Impressive that Geno is willing to do something Tim Tebow won’t, play in the CFL. I have no doubt he can be a top 5 QB in that league!

  117. mikeditkascigar says: Jul 27, 2014 3:58 PM

    I’ll have what he’s having!

  118. thecoltsfan76 says: Jul 27, 2014 3:59 PM

    I think Manning, Brady, Luck, Rogers, little Manning, and a few others might have something to say about that, lol. Hell, Farve probably still has enough in the tank to make ol Geno retract that statement.

  119. jerrahsucks says: Jul 27, 2014 5:20 PM

    In the immortal words of Bugs Bunny “What a Maroon”!

  120. kev86 says: Jul 27, 2014 7:03 PM

    Eli said he was elite than won a super bowl to prove it. Let’s see what Geno can do.

  121. zz3712kk says: Jul 27, 2014 7:07 PM

    Dude was a rookie last year. did you expect him to play like peyton manning?

  122. albanyjints says: Jul 27, 2014 11:32 PM

    Top 5 on the Jets?

  123. pisano says: Jul 28, 2014 12:22 AM

    Here’s another eye opener, last year before the Jets threw Mark Sanchez to the wolves in that preseason game, Sanchez was beating out Geno in preseason hands down, so if Mark Sanchez beats you out, how good are you ?… really.

  124. 1nyj says: Jul 28, 2014 10:27 AM

    hahahaha. You people don’t even read the blog, you just see the headline and jump all over it like sheep. Geno didn’t say he’s a top 5 QB, he said he expects to be in a YEAR or TWO. What’s wrong with that? Nothing at all.

  125. jetfanfolife says: Jul 28, 2014 1:02 PM

    I expect Geno to have a better year this season than Mark S second season. Geno will outperform Mark S and keep MV on the sidelines.

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