Jets quarterback Geno Smith needs to do everything right if he’s going to keep his precarious hold on the team’s quarterback job. One thing he’s doing right this month is leading workouts with the team’s wide receivers, tight ends and running backs.
“Yes, we will all be getting together,’’ Smith told the New York Post. “It’s about a month from us reporting for camp, so it’s very important for us to continue to build on what we ended with back in minicamp.’’
The workouts are reminiscent of the “Jets West” camp that Mark Sanchez had in California during each year of his tenure as the team’s starter. Except that these will be in Chicago, so that Jets receiver Brandon Marshall can be close to his family, making these workouts more like Jets Midwest.
“I’ll probably be the only [quarterback] there,’’ Smith said. “It’s welcome to anyone who wants to come.It’s not like I’m barring them from coming. If they want to they can be there too.’’
Smith knows that there are no promises of him keeping the starting job, but he says he’s not nervous heading into the season.
“I don’t feel any pressure,’’ he said. “The key thing is going into camp, I’m going in with the right mind-set. I feel like we’ve got a lot of room for improvement, but I love the way we’re working and competing. To have guys around me that are so, so good, it takes all the pressure off of me. I’m in competition with myself to try and be perfect. I’m in competition with Ryan. I’m in competition with Bryce. All the guys out there, the defense. I’m in competition with the guys on offense. We all want to try to perfect our game and we’re all gonna set the standard high and try to hold each other accountable.’’
Whether Smith can keep his job remains to be seen, but he’s saying, and doing, the right things in the offseason.