Geno Smith has taken an extended, winding highway towards main the Seattle Seahawks to a 7-5 report and potential playoff berth in 2022.
After starring at West Virginia in school, Smith had a rocky first two NFL seasons with the New York Jets earlier than dropping his beginning job in 2015 thanks partly to a damaged jaw suffered when teammate IK Enemkpali punched him in a preseason locker room altercation. Smith then spent the subsequent seven seasons as a backup with the Jets, New York Giants, Los Angeles Chargers and Seahawks.
Getting into the NFL as a beginning quarterback and shortly changing into a backup may injury many gamers’ confidence, however Smith saved issues in perspective when requested about that interval of his profession.
Smith beat out Drew Lock for the Seahawks’ beginning quarterback function previous to the 2022 season following Seattle’s blockbuster commerce of former franchise quarterback Russell Wilson to Denver for a package deal of gamers and draft picks — together with former Broncos starter Lock.
Since then, Smith has change into a revelation for the Seahawks. The 32-year-old has a league-best 72.7% completion proportion, 3,169 passing years and 22 touchdowns — all simply profession highs already.
He has solely thrown six interceptions, almost a decade eliminated after throwing 34 over his first two seasons within the league.
Smith has been on the alternative trajectory as his former teammate Wilson ever since Smith and the Seahawks beat Wilson and the Broncos on Monday Night time Soccer in Week 1. The Broncos have sunk to 3-9 and final place within the AFC West, whereas Wilson has endured criticism for each his on-field play and pregame habits.
Smith, in the meantime, was named “Biggest Breakout” in a midseason ballot of FOX Sports activities NFL reporters and was named the midseason Comeback Participant of the Yr by each Colin Cowherd and the NFL on FOX social media fan vote.
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