- James Walker, ESPN Staff Writer
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The Geno Smith era with the New York Jets began Friday with a lot of fanfare and media attention. Smith has been a lightning rod for criticism over the past few weeks for various reasons before and after the draft. New York selected Smith in the second round, which only ramped up the attention.
But Smith completed his first practice with the Jets during rookie minicamp and put up solid numbers. According to ESPNNewYork’s Rich Cimini, Smith was 17-for-25 passing combined in team drills and seven-on-seven drills Friday. A 68-percent completion rate would be measured a success by any NFL team, despite the fact these were non-contact drills.
As we wrote earlier in the week, Smith’s best chance to silence critics is to prove people wrong on the football field. Smith spent too much time answering critics with responses in the media. Touchdowns and victories are the easiest way for Smith to prove he can handle the rigors of being an NFL quarterback.