With the Detroit Lions and New York Jets opening preseason play against each other on Friday, Geno Smith is set to make his NFL debut against the Lions. However, according to reports today, Geno Smith is the favorite to win the starting quarterback job over Mark Sanchez.
In fact, Smith really isn’t even competing against Sanchez.
The rookie will be the Jets starter this season when the organization believes that he’s ready. General manager John Idzik must find out if Smith can be a franchise quarterback at some point this season before determining whether or not to select a signal-caller in next year’s draft.
Idzik admittedly will have a “pretty big role” in deciding the Week 1 quarterback, but there’s no reason to unnecessarily accelerate Smith’s learning process.
Make no mistake: Smith will be the starter against the Buccaneers on Sept. 8 if he’s sharp in the preseason. Sanchez’s performance, rightly or wrongly, won’t matter.
Smith “started” the Jets’ scrimmage so it would stand to reason he will draw the start in Detroit on Friday. That means he’ll be greeted by the likes of Nick Fairley, Ndamukong Suh and an improved Lions secondary. Not exactly easing in when you consider how Ndamukong Suh has “greeted” other rookies in seeing their first NFL action.