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Geno Smith entered the league with high expectations, as he was seen by most as the best quarterback prospect in the 2013 draft.
However, Smith had a rocky rookie season. He failed to find any sort of consistency, and he ended up tossing just 12 touchdowns to 21 interceptions while ranking among the bottom of the league in passer rating.
Smith shouldn't be completely blamed for his disappointing year, as he had virtually no true offensive weapons and an inconsistent offensive line.
With a full offseason to learn the playbook and adapt to the NFL style of play, the West Virginia product should improve substantially in his sophomore season.
Smith will also have a flurry of new offensive talent, including Eric Decker, Chris Johnson, and Jace Amaro.
To put it simply, Smith has to excel if the franchise is to remain faithful in him becoming a franchise quarterback.
Unless he really struggles early on in the season, expect Smith to remain the option at starting quarterback going forward.
If you still have any doubts, Marty Mornhinweg basically implied Smith will be the man in 2014 last week.