Geno Smith
Geno Smith
29-Year-Old QuarterbackQB
Seattle Seahawks
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Since being drafted in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft, Smith hasn't finished a season with an impressive stat line and he's thrown just 96 passes over the last four years. However, he has had a decent preseason competing with Paxton Lynch, who has a head injury keeping him on the sidelines, to be Russell Wilson's backup in 2019. Even if Smith wins over the backup job, his opportunities will likely be scarce since Wilson hasn't missed a game in his seven-year career. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $805,000 contract with the Seahawks in September of 2019.
Absent from injury report
QBSeattle Seahawks
September 4, 2019
Smith (knee) wasn't listed on Wednesday's injury report, John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site reports.
Smith had a strong preseason and has finally moved past a nagging knee injury. He'll dress as the backup to Russell Wilson in Sunday's season opener versus the Bengals after beating out Paxton Lynch for the No. 2 role. Wilson has proven incredibly durable through the first seven seasons of his career, not missing a single game due to injury.
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Geno Smith's measurables compare to other quarterbacks?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
6' 3"
221 lbs
40-Yard Dash
4.59 sec
Vertical Jump
33.5 in
Broad Jump
124 in
Hand Length
9.25 in
Arm Length
32.50 in
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
The fact that the 27-year-old actually started a game for the Giants in 2017 ahead of a healthy Eli Manning says more about the organization's dysfunction than Smith's capabilities behind center, as the West Virginia alum was quickly displaced after his Week 13 start. Now in Los Angeles, Smith joins a quarterback depth chart led by 36-year-old Philip Rivers, as well as promising youngster Cardale Jones. While Smith certainly won't overtake the grizzled veteran on the depth chart, there's a chance his experience and athleticism could give him the edge in what figures to be a spirited fight for the backup role.
Smith was brought in to back up Eli Manning and won't see action unless Manning were to get hurt. Smith suffered a torn ACL in Week 7 last year, but claims to be completely healthy in camp. Should Smith get a shot, he'd have a modicum of upside given the weapons at his disposal and his ability to generate points with his legs.
It's been a tumultuous career in New York for Smith, to say the least. A second-round pick in 2013, he played all 16 games as a rookie, but then had trouble keeping an aging Michael Vick on the bench in 2014, and barely played last season after a locker-room fight with a teammate left Smith with a broken jaw that sidelined him for six weeks and opened the door for Ryan Fitzpatrick to seize the starting job. From a physical standpoint, Smith has all the tools to succeed in the NFL. He's got the mobility to escape pressure and move the chains as a scrambler, and the arm strength to stretch the field or fit the ball into tight coverage windows. However, his pocket awareness was rudimentary coming out of a college spread offense, and his shaky footwork leaves his accuracy far below modern NFL standards. Smith is still young enough to turn things around, and as Fitzpatrick proved in 2015, the Jets have the weapons in the passing game to make even average QBs look good.
The good news is that Smith cut his interceptions from 21 in 2013 to 13 last year. The bad news is pretty much everything else. Smith threw only 13 touchdowns in 13 starts and was benched midseason for Michael Vick. His dismal YPA did not improve from the previous year, and his completion percentage the last two years (57.5) ranks 37th out of 41 qualified quarterbacks. With a new regime in town this season, Smith was expected to compete for the starting job with Ryan Fitzpatrick, until he was punched by a teammate during training camp. Smith is now expected to miss at least the first two games of the season with a broken jaw, leaving Fitzpatrick as the starter by default. If he eventually gets healthy and takes the job back, Smith will at least have an improved supporting cast after the Jets traded for Brandon Marshall and drafted deep-threat Devin Smith in the second round. Those two join last season's leading receiver Eric Decker and 6-5 tight end Jace Amaro. Smith is physically gifted — quick release, strong arm, nice touch, good athleticism — but hasn't demonstrated the ability to consistently read defenses or make good decisions.
As long as he holds the starting role over Michael Vick, Smith should establish decent QB2 value. His average of 6.9 YPA last year was respectable considering his extremely weak supporting cast, and his rushing production (366 yards and six touchdowns) was rather impressive. He'll likely throw with significantly better efficiency now that the Jets added Eric Decker, Jace Amaro and Chris Johnson as pass-catching threats.
Smith's draft-day experience didn't go as planned, and now he'll be competing with a quarterback who was over-drafted in Mark Sanchez. Smith probably needs a year to sit, but he might not have that luxury with the Jets. Look for the rookie to run the ball more often than he did in college. Without established playmakers on his side, though, he’s a long shot to thrive as a passer.
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Re-signing with Seattle
QBSeattle Seahawks
September 1, 2019
Smith (knee) is re-signing with the Seahawks, Josina Anderson of ESPN reports.
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Let loose by Seahawks
QBFree Agent
August 31, 2019
The Seahawks released Smith (knee) on Saturday, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports.
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Will have knee evaluated
QBSeattle Seahawks
August 29, 2019
Head coach Pete Carroll called Smith's knee injury a "tweak," stating that the QB will need to have it examined in the coming days, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports.
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Questionable to return Thursday
QBSeattle Seahawks
August 29, 2019
Smith suffered a knee injury during Thursday's preseason game against the Raiders and is questionable to return, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports.
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Solid in extended action
QBSeattle Seahawks
August 24, 2019
Smith completed 11 of 18 passes for 117 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions and added 24 yards and a touchdown on six rushes in the Seahawks' 23-15 preseason win over the Chargers on Saturday.
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