New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith believes he's off to a good start to his pro career. Smith told NFL Network's Andrew Siciliano "I've already made a giant leap" and thinks he has a good chance to win the starting job.
"Coming from a spread system where the biggest transition for me is going to be the footwork. It's not as if I can't do it, it's the fact that I haven't done it enough. The good amount of reps that I got in rookie camp, minicamp, OTAs has helped me make that leap and transition, and make giant strides."
"I have an opportunity to fight for a starting job in a great place right now, so I look forward to it."
Smith is trying to transition to Marty Mornhinweg's West Coast offense, and he apparently had a steep learning curve in the spring, as coach Rex Ryan acknowledged to the Star Ledger.
Mark Sanchez is still the presumed starter for now, but the quarterback battle is far from over. If Smith has indeed picked up the offense faster than people thought, things will start to get really interesting when training camp begins.