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12:05pm EDT 3/17/17

The Giants have signed QB Geno Smith, per the New York Post's Brian Costello. Not surprisingly, Smith didn't garner much (any?) interest as a starter. So he'll settle for a backup gig behind 36-year-old Eli Manning. If Smith makes a good impression with his new club, perhaps he'll be considered as Manning's eventual successor. That seems like a long shot, though.

Jets QB Geno Smith is believed to have suffered a torn ACL in Sunday's game against the Ravens, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. He'll undergo additional testing to confirm the injury that would end his season. Incredibly jinxed, Smith is due to hit the free-agent market this offseason. The Jets, meanwhile, will go back to Ryan Fitzpatrick under center. He gets a plus Week 8 matchup against Cleveland's 30th-ranked QB defense, putting him on the spot-start radar for bold fantasy owners.

Jets QB Geno Smith injured his right knee in the 2nd quarter of Sunday's game against the Ravens. He headed back to the locker room with trainers. We'll update his status when we learn more.

Update: Smith has been ruled out for the rest of the game.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the Jets will name QB Geno Smith their Week 7 starter. HC Todd Bowles said QB Ryan Fitzpatrick would get the nod immediately after Monday night's loss to the Cardinals. But he evidently changed his mind after reviewing the tape. Smith wasn't any better in relief on Fitzpatrick in that one, completing 4 of 6 passes for 31 yards and an INT. He can't be trusted in fantasy lineups against the Ravens this weekend. But Smith does offer some rushing upside and is worth grabbing in 2-QB leagues.

Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick was yanked from Monday night's game against the Cardinals after throwing a 4th-quarter red-zone INT -- his 10th pick in the last 4 games. He finished 16 of 31 (51.6%) for 174 scoreless yards. QB Geno Smith replaced Fitzpatrick and was promptly picked off on his 6th attempt. We'll see who the Jets roll with vs. the Ravens next week, but neither guy can be trusted in fantasy lineups.

Update: HC Todd Bowles said after Monday night's game that Fitzpatrick will start Week 7. But he didn't commit to Fitzpatrick as his starter for the rest of the season.

There's been no progress recently in contract talks between QB Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Jets. In fact, ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports that the 2 sides haven't talked in "over a month." NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, meanwhile, hears that the team might be waiting to see some work from QB Geno Smith before making a move on Fitzpatrick. "It certainly could be within the realm of possibility that we have to see not just a little bit of Geno Smith, like maybe a couple reps in OTAs or minicamp, but a lot of Geno Smith, maybe even into preseason games, for there to be some sort of movement here between the Jets and Fitzpatrick," Rapoport said. While Fitzpatrick returning to New York remains the most likely scenario, it's far from a guarantee. Perhaps OC Chan Gailey believes his offense will be just fine with Smith under center.

Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (thumb) was on the field for the start of Wednesday's practice.  He wore a glove on that injured left hand but threw and took snaps from under center, according to insider Rich Cimini.  We'll see how Fitzpatrick responds to the workout, but it certainly looks like he has a chance to play against the Jaguars this weekend.  QB Geno Smith (shoulder) also practiced on Wednesday.

Jets QBs Ryan Fitzpatrick and Geno Smith are both uncertain for Sunday's game against the Jaguars.  Fitzpatrick suffered ligament damage in his left hand in yesterday's loss to the Raiders and will need surgery at some point, according to HC Todd Bowles.  But it sounds like he'll put off that surgery for now.  Bowles labeled Fitzpatrick day-to-day.  Smith, meanwhile, is dealing with a "big bruise" on his left shoulder, per Bowles.  There's no structural damage to the non-throwing wing.  Bowles said that the team is exploring trade options for a QB.  Rookie Bryce Petty is the only healthy QB on the roster right now.

Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick suffered a hand injury in the 1st quarter of today’s game against Oakland. Fitz picked up the injury on a scramble. Geno Smith has entered in relief, while the veteran is officially questionable to return.

Update: Fitzpatrick is dealing with a sprained left (non-throwing) thumb, according to insider Doug Moore.

Jets insider Manish Mehta believes the team's starting QB job is Ryan Fitzpatrick's "to lose."  Geno Smith is out for at least the first couple of weeks with his broken jaw.  If Fitzpatrick starts well, he'll have a chance to hang on to the gig.  Fitz has been a mediocre real-life QB throughout his career, but he did have his best 3-year stretch under current Jets OC Chan Gailey.  With Gailey in Buffalo, Fitz completed 59.4% of his passes with 56 TDs and 49 INTs.  Even that caliber of play might be good enough to keep the starting job.  Fitzpatrick gets a solid Browns defense to open the season but then draws plus matchups against the Colts and Eagles.  He'll be a sneaky DFS play those weeks.  We still wouldn't use a draft pick on Fitz, but he's a potential in-season spot-start option.

Jets QB Geno Smith is out 6-10 weeks after being sucker-punched by teammate IK Enemkpali.  That dude has already been released, while Smith is now out for at least the first 2 games of the regular season.  The longer end of that timetable would cost him 5 games.  That moves QB Ryan Fitzpatrick to the top of the depth chart.  Fitz has long been a subpar real-life QB but has had some fantasy success, especially with current Jets OC Chan Gailey.  In 3 seasons with Gailey in Buffalo, Fitzpatrick ranked 10th, 16th and 19th, respectively, in fantasy points.  He could be a sneaky spot-start option in deeper fantasy leagues and DFS games.  The Jets get positive early-season matchups against the Colts (Week 2), Eagles (3) and Redskins (6).

Jets QB Geno Smith has yet to throw an interception through 8 training-camp practices.  His command of the offense is "night and day from the spring and from OTAs," HC Todd Bowles said.  "He looks like a man in control," ESPN's Rich Cimini wrote.  We're excited to get a look at Smith in preseason action, but it sounds like he's widened his lead over QB Ryan Fitzpatrick.  Smith is an intriguing QB2 in new OC Chan Gailey's spread offense.

Count ESPN's Ron Jaworski among the group that still believes in Jets QB Geno Smith.  “I think Geno, when I’ve looked at him now for a couple of years in the NFL, I see a quarterback that’s getting better,” Jaws said.  “I see a nice growth every single year in Geno and I like the future of the Jets with Geno Smith at quarterback.”  Smith improved his completion rate (55.8% to 59.7%), TD rate (2.7% to 3.5%) and INT rate (4.7% to 3.5%) from 2013 to 2014.  Now he gets to play in OC Chan Gailey's spread offense, which is similar to the system Smith excelled in at West Virginia.  The Jets also added another weapon this offseason in WR Brandon Marshall.  "He can make every throw, he can do everything it takes to be an NFL quarterback. It’s just about consistency," Jaworski added.  If Smith can hold off QB Ryan Fitzpatrick for the starting job this summer, he'll be an intriguing matchup play in fantasy football.

Former Steelers QB Kordell Stewart said this week that new Jets OC Chan Gailey is the right guy for Jets QB Geno Smith. "I guarantee you—I think Chan Gailey is going to put him in a position to make him understand himself," Stewart said, per NJ.com. "He has one of the strongest arms in the league, and he has good feet. So there's no reason why he can't have success." Stewart became Pittsburgh's starting QB in 1997 under then-OC Gailey and ran for 11 TDs to go with just-decent passing numbers. Gailey's use of Stewart, though, helped the offense rank 7th in scoring and 6th in yards, and the Steelers reached the AFC title game. We actually discussed Gailey's impact on Stewart -- and many other positive fantasy football situations through the years -- on this week's podcast. We agree with Stewart that Gailey's hire was good news for Smith and the rest of the Jets' offense. How good? We'll see as the group gets to work over the spring and into training camp.

Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (leg) practiced in team drills for the first time on Wednesday. HC Todd Bowles interestingly touted “competition” at the QB spot a week after OC Chan Gailey anointed Geno Smith the starter. Smith’s still in the driver’s seat, but he won’t be handed the Week 1 gig. We’ll track this situation throughout the summer.

Jets QB Geno Smith will head to training camp as the team's starter, OC Chan Gailey said Wednesday.  "He's done some good things," Gailey added.  "He's a talented guy.  I have high hopes for him."  Smith has had a tumultuous couple of seasons to open his NFL career.  He heads into year 3 sitting on a 57.5% completion rate and 25:34 TD-to-INT ratio.  But he closed last season by tossing 6 TDs vs. just 2 INTs over his final 4 games.  And he should theoretically be a good fit in Gailey's spread offense, similar to what Smith operated at West Virginia.  But if he falters in August, Ryan Fitzpatrick could swipe away the starting job.  Fitz is familiar with Gailey's offense from their time together in Buffalo.  Whoever wins the Jets' starting job could have sneaky fantasy value throwing to Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker.

The Jets confirmed that rookie QB Bryce Petty won't be in the mix to start this season.  "Time will tell what kind of player he'll become, but we do think he has all the physical attributes and parts to be a good quarterback in this league," GM Mike Maccagnan. "It's going to be a maturation process from where he is in college ... but we thought he had all the raw potential and ability, that if you're going to invest time in a quarterback, he had all those attributes that would be very good to work with."  Petty is coming from Baylor's uptempo, spread offense, so he has a significant adjustment to make to the pro game.  The good news is that OC Chan Gailey's offense includes lots of spread elements, so Petty seems like a good fit.  He's worth stashing in dynasty leagues.  Ryan Fitzpatrick and Geno Smith will duke it out this summer for the Jets' 2015 starting job.

The Jets added WR Devin Smith with the 37th overall pick of the 2015 NFL Draft.  One of the best deep-ball weapons to enter the league in recent memory, Smith averaged 28.2 yards per catch this past season.  That included 17 catches, 754 yards and 10 TDs on targets 20+ yards downfield.  Smith boasts 4.4 speed with NFL-ready ball tracking and body control.  New York isn't the best landing spot, though.  He'll be the #3 WR at best in 2015 behind Eric Decker and Brandon Marshall.  And the Jets still have a big question mark at QB with Geno Smith and Ryan Fitzpatrick currently atop the depth chart.

Jets HC Todd Bowles said Tuesday that QB Geno Smith will open training camp as the starter.  From there, he'll need to hold off QB Ryan Fitzpatrick.  “You can’t have equal first-team reps with a quarterback,” Bowles said. “Geno will start out taking them, but that doesn’t mean that Ryan can’t take his spot. If Ryan’s playing better and performing better… Obviously, we have to cross that bridge when we get to it for him to take the position."  This all assumes the Jets don't draft Jameis Winston or Marcus Mariota next month.  The team's QB position remains a question mark.  But whoever wins the job will have some QB2 appeal in OC Chan Gailey's spread offense.

The Texans have dealt QB Ryan Fitzpatrick to the Jets in exchange for a late-round conditional pick, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.  Houston will move forward with Ryan Mallett, Brian Hoyer and Tom Savage at QB.  Fitzpatrick, meanwhile, will battle Geno Smith (and possibly a rookie) for the Jets' starting job.  The winner will have sneaky fantasy upside in OC Chan Gailey's spread offense and with WRs Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker.

 
 
 

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