There are many uncertainties at the New York Jets’ training camp, but we know one thing for sure: The fans are ruthless.
Geno Smith has displayed major improvements this summer, but it seems he still has a short leash with the people in the stands.
The 24-year old was 10 of 13 with two touchdowns during his team’s practice Saturday in Florham Park, N.J. The contingent of over 10,000 fans overlooked his solid efforts, though, and heckled Smith after he was stripped by linebacker Calvin Pace.
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Smith has dealt with a lot of criticism throughout his first two professional seasons — he ranked 25th in total QBR in 2014 — but he says he’s learned to deal with all the hate.
“The camera should’ve zoomed in on me; I had a big smile on my face,” Smith said, per ESPN.com’s Rich Cimini. “You’d think we were on the road today.”
“In two years, I’ve developed some really thick skin,” Smith added. “I know how to handle it now.”
Smith currently is the front-runner to win the team’s starting quarterback position, but apparently, he’ll have to do a lot more to win over the fans.
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