Geno Smith has been limited to three regular-season games over the past two seasons and the Giants might not get a good look at him until training camp, but coach Ben McAdoo sees big potential in his new signing.
Like, potential future replacement for Eli Manning potential.
“I can’t see why not,’’ McAdoo told reporters Tuesday at the NFL owners' meetings, via the New York Post. "… We’re a long way to go from there. To me, Geno, you look at it, you study the guys coming out, you study Geno, I think he’s right in the mix of one of the better players available this year."
Manning turned 36 in January and is coming off his 12th consecutive season of starting all 16 games for the Giants. At some point, he's bound to slow down, and McAdoo believes Smith has the attributes to step in.
"A guy who has his skill set is hard to find," McAdoo said. "You can’t find guys out there that have that type of arm talent, the quick release, the throwing motion and the feet to go with it. And he’s a competitor. It’s exciting to bring a guy in and work with a guy like that. See where you can take him.’’
While Smith might not see much playing time initially behind the durable Manning, he'd be happy to get through 2017 in one piece. After serving as the Jets' primary starter in 2013 and 2014, Smith's 2015 campaign was essentially lost after then-teammate IK Enemkpali broke his jaw with a punch. That prompted the Jets to bring in Ryan Fitzpatrick as the starter, and when he faltered last season and Smith finally got another shot to start in Week 7, the young QB tore his ACL.
Smith turns 27 in October, so he still has plenty of time to resurrect his career, but the Giants probably should see what they have in him once he gets back to full speed before making any long-term projections.