New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith looked good in practice this weekend – until running ‘gassers’ at the end of the session.
That’s the verdict of NFL Network analyst Brian Baldinger, who pulled no punches in his assessment of the 22-year-old.
The Jets snapped up the former West Virginia college star in the second round of the draft, and may well have made a shrewd addition to their roster.
However, Baldinger is in no doubt that the player will have to improve his conditioning if he’s to make it in the big league.
"He looked good to me yesterday until he ran gassers at the end of practice," said Baldinger.
“Geno looked like he had done no conditioning. It was actually embarrassing to see how far behind he was behind (Mark) Sanchez and (Matt) Simms and everybody else that's there."
That said, Baldinger was impressed with various aspects of the rookie QB’s session, most notably his quickness in distributing the ball.
"However, he did look good getting in and out of the huddle, getting to the line of scrimmage, getting the ball out of his hands quickly,” added the analyst.
NFL Network’s Heath Evans also saw reasons for optimism in the Smith camp, believing his throwing ability appeared to be ahead of rival Mark Sanchez.
"You see a lot of accuracy, a lot of zip on the ball obviously from Geno. You see some balls sailing, or what I would say floating, for Mark Sanchez," mused Evans.
If Smith can improve his fitness, he may well be in pole position for the Jets’ starting spot next season.