Geno Smith: I can beat out Mark

New York Jets rookie Quarterback Geno Smith, who signed a four year $5 million deal on Monday, doesn’t seem to be satisfied with the idea of holding a clipboard when the Jets open up the season against week 1 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

While speaking to the Charleston Gazette on Saturday Smith shared his feeling on his chances of beating out Sanchez for the Jets starting quarterback job,

“I feel like I have a great shot”. “I did a pretty good job overall of just adapting to the system and playbook and felt very comfortable with it by the end of OTAs and mandatory camp.” Smith added, “I’m prepared. I’m just getting better daily. I’ve improved so much from the time the [Pinstripe Bowl] ended to now. I continue to improve steadily.”

Sanchez, who outplayed Smith in off-season OTA’s enters Jets camp as the expected starter, but Smith certainly has the ability to overtake the struggling Sanchez for the job.

“I have a goal in mind and I’m really going to go after that,” Smith told the Charleston Gazette. “I want to be the best. It’s going to take time and effort and that’s what I’m willing to put in. Once I step on the field it’s about business. I’m really appreciative to have made it to this level, but there’s a lot more for me out there and I’m going to try and strive for it.”

While it would come as a surprise if the Smith was the Jets week 1 starter, most still expect Smith to see plenty of action on the field for the Jets this year.

When you consider just how deep next years NFL draft is at the quarterback position, the Jets brass will clearly want to see what they have in Geno Smith before the clock runs out on the 2013 NFL season.

Jets training camp opens Thursday in Cortland, N.Y.

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