The New York Jets are expected to announce Geno Smith as their starting quarterback for week seven, according to several sources inside the organization.
Jets plan to name Geno Smith their new starting QB today, per league sources. https://t.co/rPGMofeLOn
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 19, 2016
Smith will take the reigns from Ryan Fitzpatrick, who has put together an 11-11 record in the past season and a half for the Jets. Geno has not started a game since December 2014, although he was slotted to be the starter last year. That plan was derailed when Geno was punched in the face by teammate IK Enemkpali during a locker-room dispute.
Fitzpatrick had a strong 2015 campaign and used that to pick up a $12M contract in the offseason, after he held out for more money – but the Jets offense has struggled of late, scoring only three touchdowns in the past four games.
Further down the QB pecking order in New York sits Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg. Neither QB has gotten any playing time this year, and practice reps have been severely limited. It is possible that the promotion of Smith could make room for one of the two young quarterbacks in practice.