By Kim Berntson
The Bills aren't the only AFC East team with a Quarterback battle on their hands. Just a few miles down the New York State Thruway, the Jets have their plates full with a competition of their own taking place on the campus of SUNY Cortland.
Rookie QB, Geno Smith and team veteran Mark Sanchez may, combined, be two of the most criticized players throughout the league. Between Sanchez's lack of production and Smith's questionable work ethic, it would appear that the current starting position is anyone's to take.
In a recent evaluation of Smith by NFL Network's Brian Baldinger, he was described as out of shape while running gassers. Baldinger went on to say that Geno "looked like he had done no conditioning" and also tossed around the word "embarrassing."
Though Smith's pre-season workouts or "lack of" hindered his running capabilities in practice, they had no effect on his accuracy, decision making and throwing ability. All of which happen to be pretty important at the QB position.
The rookie continued to impress at camp with his smarts on the field and demonstrated that he can pick up and learn a playbook quickly. Smith went 4 practices with a grand total of ZERO interceptions.
The QB position is currently Sanchez's to lose, but he has yet to prove that he is the most qualified man in the race and Smith is quickly gaining ground.
Smith might have a lack of stamina, but stamina is an easy fix compared to arm strength and intelligence on the field. In the category of "skill" Geno Smith is impressing where it counts.
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