NEW YORK (WFAN) — The New York Jets have what’s expected to be a killer defense, two top receivers in Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker, and a deep rushing corps.
The missing piece, according to most fans, is somebody to throw the ball. But Jets linebacker Demario Davis doesn’t see it that way.READ MORE: Suspected Human Remains Found In Florida Wildlife Preserve Where Authorities Are Searching For Brian Laundrie
“I’m very high on Geno (Smith),” Davis told WFAN co-hosts Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts on Monday. “Ever since he came in, I’ve been high on Geno. I look at Geno as a guy who puts in a lot of time into his craft. I look at him and I spend time with him off the field, talk to him. You know, you won’t find too many guys who are more passionate about being a great player than Geno. He cares about it and he puts the time in, and that’s really what you have to do.”
In his first two seasons with the Jets, Smith has drawn praise for being cool under pressure and benchings due to maddening inconsistency. The team expected to see a progression in 2014, but instead he threw for just 2,525 yards and had a few missteps outside the lines. He’s had 41 turnovers, including 13 interceptions last year.READ MORE: New York City Taxi Drivers Begin Hunger Strike, Say Mayor De Blasio's Debt Relief Bailout Is Not Enough
The Jets brought in veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick during the offseason to challenge Smith for the starting job. With Marshall on board and a full season with Decker under his belt, this could be the last chance for the 2013 second-round pick.
“They’ve done a good job bringing in weapons around him,” Davis said. “You have two tremendous receivers on the outside, two Pro Bowl-caliber receivers on the outside. You’ve got one of probably the most underrated slots in the league in Jeremy Kerley. You’ve got a dynamic backfield and a good offensive line in front of him. They put him in a good situation. I think he’ll do well. I’m a big believer in Geno. And so I think the team feels the same way.”
Listen to the entire interview for Davis’ thoughts on the vaunted defense (“On paper we look good, man; now we just have to put it on film”), new head coach Todd Bowles, rookie defensive end Leonard Williams:MORE NEWS: NYPD: Employee Stabbed To Death At East Harlem Deli