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Geno Smith actually looked very sharp early in the game, taking advantage of great pass protection to make some accurate throws with a lot of velocity. He also had a few excellent throws that were dropped.
However, when the Patriots started to get more pressure on Smith as the game went on, he failed to adapt. He took far too long to get rid of the football, which led to four sacks, and he was pressured into three interceptions. Early in the game, he missed a wide-open Stephen Hill in the end zone.
To be fair, Smith was the victim of drops that killed drives and fumbles, that in one instance, transformed an impressive completion by Smith into a turnover. If his receiving corps does at least an average job catching and holding onto the ball, the Jets probably win this game.
Smith has all of the tools to develop into a quality quarterback. Though he was victimized by dropped passes, he still must learn to get rid of the football more quickly. Using his legs to buy time may be a comfortable thing for him to do at this point in his career, but doing so continually won't help his long-term development.
This was a bit of a step back for Smith, but he has plenty of time to fix his problems.