The New York Jets are set to begin a new era with Geno Smith as starting quarterback.
YouWager experts have learned that the Jets will use Smith in Sunday’s game versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The last time this team started a rookie quarterback in Week 1 was Mark Sanchez four years ago.
The Jets tried to hide this information, however Sanchez was ruled out for the game with a bruised joint in his throwing shoulder.
According to online sports betting fans Sanchez was able to outplay Smith in the preseason, however it became clear over the past two weeks that the Jets wanted to change things around.
The 22 year-old rookie was handed the job even while missing a game because of a sprained ankle and despite a three-interception debacle in the third game — his only extended outing.
Some might say that Smith was named starting QB due to Sanchez’s problems such as battling the shoulder injury. It’s quite possible that Sanchez would’ve been named the starter if he hadn’t been injured however it created an opening for the organization to elevate Smith, despite a huge risk.
It’s very likely that Sanchez may never play again for this New York team. There are few possibilities that the Jets will bench Smith if he’s doing a good job. Sanchez is possibly missing a few weeks due to the shoulder injury.
As of now, Sanchez is possibly going to be the highest-paid backup in the NFL, earning a guaranteed $8.25 million — part of contract extension that occurred last year and prevented the Jets from unloading him in the offseason. He almost certainly will be jettisoned after this football season.