Geno Smith to start for Jets vs. Dolphins

Rob Carr

Rex Ryan is sticking with his embattled rookie quarterback.

New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith will have another chance to prove himself against the Miami Dolphins. Head coach Rex Ryan confirmed the rookie quarterback would start another game, despite his struggles over the last two weeks.

Smith played poorly against the Buffalo Bills and Baltimore Ravens, throwing for a total of 230 yards and five interceptions without a touchdown. He was pulled against the Bills in Week 11, but had an opportunity to play the entireity of Sunday's game in a 19-3 loss to the Ravens.

Matt Simms was signed as an undrafted free agent and played well in limited time. His short-term success prompted some to wonder if a quarterback switch was imminent, but the Jets front office is showing patience with Smith.

Initially it was expected Mark Sanchez would start the season, with Smith being developed slowly. However a shoulder injury to Sanchez thrust the rookie into a starting role, where he's had limited success. In 11 starts he's thrown for 2,227 yards while adding eight touchdowns and an NFL-high 18 interceptions.

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