Ball security is paramount for any offense, but especially the New York Jets. The Jets figure to rely heavily on their defense this season, with the offense looking to control the clock and limit turnovers. That means the Jets need a quarterback under center who will make good decisions and hang onto the ball. So far in the first half of tonight's preseason game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium, Geno Smith hasn't done that. Geno Smith threw three interceptions in the first half of the game.
Mark Sanchez might be picking up more steam in the New York Jets quarterback competition without even stepping on the field for a snap yet against the New York Giants. Geno Smith has thrown three interceptions in the first half, recalling the questions about his ball security and ability to make snap decisions dating back to the lead up to the 2013 NFL Draft. Smith has been hit and pressured by the Giants throughout the night, but turnovers can not be tolerated by offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg.
Geno Smith looked very good on the team's second offensive drive of the game, engineering an 86-yard touchdown drive that finished with a 22-yard pass to Ben Obomanu. On the first play of the fourth drive for the Jets, Geno Smith was intercepted by Prince Amukamara. He followed that up by throwing an interception to Stevie Brown on the next drive. After being forced to punt on the following offensive series, Smith threw his third interception of the night to Justin Tuck on a pass intended for Jeff Cumberland.
It will be interesting to see if Geno Smith can bounce back in the second half. If he continues to turn the ball over, it looks like Mark Sanchez will be the easy selection to start for the Jets at quarterback when the regular season kicks off.
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