The name may bring back unwanted memories for Jets fans, but former Jets QB Jeno Smith has written a new chapter in his career that could see him start the first week for the first time since 2014.
The Seattle Seahawks enter a new era after trading QB Russell Wilson to the Denver Broncos. Their package included a QB Drew Lock in return to compete with the Smith. Well, the first battle for Smith was whether Seattle would try to acquire another veteran quarterback like former Browns QB and now Panthers QB Baker Mayfield.
It turns out the Seahawks never showed any real interest in trading for Mayfield or, in fact, any other veteran quarterback, demonstrating trust in both Smith and Locke.
Fast forward to training camp, and the Jets’ 2013 second-round pick was the first-week favorite against Wilson and the Broncos. It’s been a week in training camp and Smith is still hopeful that he will do well, although as ESPN Seahawks writer Brady Henderson reports, Locke got some work with them this week and believes head coach Pete Carroll hinted that Lok may see more work. with the first team in tomorrow’s clash.
“Gino continues to be at the top,” Carroll told reporters. “He’s ahead, he’s been in the lead for all the obvious reasons.”
Smith is familiar with the Seahawks attack. He started the three games that Wilson missed with a thumb injury last season and took care of the football. throwing only one pass in three starts (he did intercept the Rams when he came off the bench after Wilson was injured).
The Seahawks did go 1–2 in Smith’s three starts, although both losses were three points each (23–20 v. Steelers, 13–10 v. Saints). Smith led the Seahawks to a 31-7 win in Week 8 over the Jaguars.
With such experience and good connections with WR, D.K. Metcalfe and Tyler Lockett at this point, Smith would need a near-perfect preseason to lose his job as a starter.
Incidentally, the Jets visit the Seahawks in week 17 (January 1). It could be a mini reunion. By then, we’ll see how Smith’s story will turn out.