Geno Smith is looking to revive his career as a member of the Los Angeles Chargers. Of course, he knows that being a backup is all that’s left of that career.
However, there’s no guarantee that he can even do that at this point, at least for this team.
Recently, NFL Spin Zone listed one veteran from each of the NFL’s 32 rosters that was likely to be cut prior to the start of the 2018 season. For the Chargers, Smith was chosen as that player.
Smith was brought into the fold in Los Angeles to provide the team with a more experienced backup. It was also likely a move to push Cardale Jones, the player the team likely wants to see win the competition.
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If Jones falters, Smith will be there to play behind Philip Rivers in 2018. He sat behind Eli Manning with the New York Giants last season, and can provide veteran experience in an emergency situation.
But he wouldn’t necessarily provide a winning experience. Smith struggled mightily through four seasons with the New York Jets. Those four seasons proved he’s not a starting quarterback at the professional level, as evidenced by his 29-36 touchdown to interception ratio.
The Chargers don’t have much reason to worry about who the backup quarterback is, as Rivers has started every single game for the team since 2006. However, the signing of Smith was likely a way to light a fire under Jones, an athletic 25-year old who they would like to be part of the team’s future.
So, if you had to name one veteran likely to be released this summer by the Chargers, as NFL Spin Zone did, Smith is probably a good choice.
If that were to happen, it could be the end of the road for Smith in the NFL.