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Rookie QB Geno Smith wasn't lights out against the Buccaneers in Week 1, but he was efficient enough to lead his team to a win in his first career start.
Smith completed 24 of 38 pass attempts for 256 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
He recorded mediocre 80.6 quarterback rating, but forced the Jets into the win column with an impressive last-ditch drive with just 34 seconds remaining in the game.
Smith is going to endure rookies mistakes, like the unnecessary 18-yard sack he took late in the first half as the Jets threatened to puts points on the scoreboard.
He also needs to work on ball security. The fumble he coughed up inside his own 10-yard line virtually handed the Buccaneers seven points.
Smith seems destined to steadily improve, though. He features dual threat ability out of the pocket, which he demonstrated on several instances in Week 1.
His ability to tuck the ball and run in order to gain positive yardage adds a new-found element that was formerly vacant from the Jets' offense.
The second-round pick likely can't win his second game in as many tries as a starting QB with a duplicate performance against the Patriots.
It goes without saying, however, Smith needs to make smart decisions with the football and keep potential game-changing mistakes to a minimum.
If he can continue to complete more than 63 percent of his attempts without turning the ball over, the Jets have a better than decent chance of winning in hostile territory.
Smith will stand under the bright lights on a national stage for the first time in his professional career on Thursday night. It's an opportunity to immediately make a statement as the Jets' new leader.