Chargers meet with QB Geno Smith
By Travis Wakeman
Well, you might not have seen this coming. Geno Smith has played for two teams, both in the same city, during his NFL career, but he could be moving onto a third.
Smith has played in New York since he was made a second-round selection of the Jets in 2013. He spent last season as a backup for the Giants. Now, he is meeting with a team on the opposite coast, looking to extend his career.
Source: Former #Giants and #Jets QB Geno Smith is visiting the #Chargers today. Coach Anthony Lynn has been a fan of Smith.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 28, 2018
Smith is an experienced quarterback. He’s made 32 career starts. But he’s never lived up to his potential. That much is evident when you look at the fact that he’s thrown seven more interceptions than he has touchdown passes across his career.
Back in 2013 prior to the draft, you could find mocks that had him as the No. 1 overall pick. Several of them, actually. Instead, he tumbled down the board before the Jets finally grabbed him. He didn’t ever get the full backing of that organization, however, and at this point, is just an experienced backup to have on the sideline.
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Could the Chargers use that? Possibly. The team seems to be looking for the polar opposite of Philip Rivers to sit behind him. About this time last year, the team worked out former NFL Rookie of the Year, Robert Griffin III. The team didn’t sign him, but it did make a trade for Cardale Jones.
The team seems to be looking for a mobile quarterback who can make plays with his feet. RG3 likely didn’t have that anymore, but Jones is athletic and mobile for a big quarterback and Smith has 659 career rushing yards and is still just 27 years old. By comparison, Rivers, who has played many, many more games than Smith, has a grand total of 335 career rushing yards.
Last season. Smith started in one game when the Giants benched Eli Manning, ending his streak of 210 consecutive regular season starts, a move that Rivers, when asked, referred to as “pathetic”.
Could Rivers end up with that same backup quarterback on his team in 2018?
It remains to be seen whether or not the Chargers will offer Smith a contract, but the fact that they’re even looking at a veteran is interesting.