So what if Geno Smith was huffing and puffing a bit during sprints the other day? The NFL Network’s Brian Baldinger mentioned on-air yesterday that Smith looked “embarrassingly” out of shape and was falling way behind the rest of his teammates.
Apparently, Rex Ryan isn’t as concerned about the state of Smith’s conditioning as Baldinger. Ryan said in his press conference today, “It sounds like we’re training for the Olympics or something. If he were going to run a marathon, maybe we’d be in trouble. He looks fine to me.”
As long as it’s not an issue with Ryan, it’s not an issue with Smith. The QB said today he has no reaction to the media buzz. “My coaches are the ones who evaluate me and I haven’t heard anything from them.”
While he may have fell behind running sprints, Smith surely didn’t look slow as he ran past his teammates in green on an 80-yard read-option at camp this weekend. Ryan pointed out this play in defense of the rookie.
It’s not as if the Jets are trying to turn him into a Kaepernick, an RG3, or a Tebow (yeah, I said it.) The guy is a thrower, not a runner, and right now he’s throwing a lot better than many people expected going into camp. He went 5-for-6 today, 2 sacks with the second-team.
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