This week may prove to be a huge one for Gang Green for several reasons. Coming off a bye, New York can finally put together two straight victories this season and go up two games over .500. The AFC East gap between them and New England can be closed significantly, as the Patriots are on the road against a tough Carolina team who is coming off a road win over San Francisco.
Well-tempered rookie quarterback Geno Smith raved this week about the return of veteran receiver Santonio Holmes.
“Tone (Holmes) brings definitely a lot of energy to our offense (and) veteran leadership. He’s obviously a tremendous playmaker and can make plays out on the field,” Smith explained.
Smith faces off against fellow rookie quarterback E.J. Manuel. The Jets may have lucked out by landing Smith because thus far he has proven to be the more durable of the two to say the least. Buffalo’s quarterback missed nearly a month with a LCL sprain in his right knee while Geno hasn’t missed a game so far this season.
As a quarterback who tends to run, injuries and big hits are often a hot topic with the former West Virginia star. Yet injuries and taking shots does not seem to be one of his worries. Smith enjoys running the ball and understands the pressure a mobile quarterback puts on a defense.
“To have that read-option in, those read plays, it definitely gives the defense something extra to look at, something extra to pay attention to and then we can still just go out there and run our normal offense and just be a pro-style offense. But, we do have wildcat dynamics in it, so I think it’s a really good mix up for the defense,” he stated.
Not only is Gang Green getting Holmes back, but both tight ends, Kellen Winslow and Jeff Cumberland are returning, adding some punch to a No. 26 rank passing attack.
“It makes our offense, I think not only more diverse, but it gives us a chance to exploit some matchups,” noted Smith. “They’re getting guys back on their defense with (Jarius) Byrd and (Stephon) Gilmore. So, it’s definitely going to be another challenge for us,” said Smith. The Jets defense got a boost as well this week as they sign free safety Ed Reed, a future hall of famer and former Rex Ryan player.”