NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith has been named the NFL’s AFC Offensive Player of the Week for his three-touchdown performance in Monday night’s upset win over the Atlanta Falcons.
Smith followed up a turnover-laden stinker in Week 4 with a gem at the Georgia Dome, going 16-of 20 for 199 yards and three scores. He had no giveaways and led the team on their game-winning drive with just under two minutes left in the fourth quarter.
The 22-year-old out of West Virginia was the first Jets rookie to win the award since running back Leon Johnson in 1997.
Teammates and fans have gushed over Smith’s play since the victory in Atlanta.
“Geno is a great player, a great athlete. Like you guys said he had those turnovers last week, but last night on a prime time stage he had zero turnovers. He’s learning each and every day from his mistakes and he’s only going to get better,” defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson said Tuesday on WFAN radio. “He doesn’t feed into the pressure or whatever anybody says about him, negativity-wise, and he’s becoming a great player at a young stage of his career.”
On CBS Sports Radio, nose tackle Damon “Big Snacks” Harrison said the Jets have “all the confidence in the world” in the cool-as-a-cucumber Smith, who’s led the team to a surprising 3-2 record.
“The guy has so much poise and control, it’s beyond belief,” Harrison said. “We know what Geno can do. We’ve seen it time and time again, him making good decisions and being able to bring us back into other games. I just can’t say enough about him. It’s just amazing to actually be able to watch it.”
Smith is also up for the fan-determined Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week award.
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