There are two things that stand out to me about Jets quarterback Geno Smith seven games into his rookie season.
One is his willingness to pull the trigger on downfield throws, which is always a positive in the NFL. Will that result in some forced balls and interceptions? Yes it will. But I believe the willingness to drive the ball down the field is a positive. Quarterbacks who are willing to make throws will throw some interceptions. People will criticize them for those mistakes, but they don’t look at the plays those quarterbacks make with that style.
The other thing is Smith's willingness to stand in the pocket with bodies around him and deliver the ball, and even take some hits. He’s not a flincher, he doesn’t shy away, he’s tough and a strong pocket quarterback. I’m not sure you can teach that. For example, that’s one of Blaine Gabbert's major undoings. He’s soft in the pocket. You can’t be soft in the pocket and be a quality NFL quarterback. And Geno is very tough in the pocket.
Smith has some misreads. He forces some throws. He makes some decisions that are head scratchers. But you expect that because this system is new to him. He ran a pure spread offense at West Virginia, and now he's running a NFL offense.
Greg Cosell's story mentions Smith has his share of misreads and forced throws and decisions he'd like back, but it also says Smith is confident in the pocket with bodies around him and he doesn't shy away. Cosell compared that part of the game to Blaine Gabbert, who struggles in that department, and thus has struggled to put up fantasy numbers. Smith is at least progressing and can be a decent QB2 option depending on the matchup, but his future looks encouraging.