Looks like the New York Jets stick with Ryan Fitzpatrick for the rest of the season after starting quarterback Geno Smith got injured. Rumors are swirling Fitzpatrick will get a second chance to prove to the Jets organization that they should trust him.
Smith injured his right knee in the second quarter of their match against the Baltimore Ravens. The match was Smith’s first starting gig since 2014 and things were doing fine as he threw for 95 yards including one touchdown before the knee injury. Smith landed awkwardly after being sacked by Ravens defensive end Matt Judon.
If you've got a right knee injury keeping you out of the game why are you standing on the sideline the entire 2nd half? How bad can it be?
— Joe Namath (@RealJoeNamath) October 23, 2016
Smith went to the locker room and according to NFL insider Ian Rapoport he suffered a torn ACL which might sideline him for their next assignment. This would give a disgruntled Fitzpatrick the starting place again when the Jets face the Cleveland Browns in Week 8.
Fitzpatrick got pissed with the Jets organization for losing faith in him after their loss to the Cardinals in Week 6. It was after the game that the Jets announced that Smith would be their starting quarterback against the Ravens. Fitzpatrick told The Guardian that he continues to believe in his skills even though the Jets organization does not believe in him.
“The biggest thing in this game, to last, is to have belief in yourself,” Fitzpatrick said. “So, that’s kind of something I’ve had to deal with before, something I’m dealing with now.”
#Jets believe QB Geno Smith’s knee is “fine,” source said. MRI is considered a precaution, though an important one. So was keeping him out.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 24, 2016
Aside from Fitzpatrick and Smith, the Jets also have Bryce Petty and rookie Christian Hackenberg as backup quarterbacks. But with their season on the line, the Jets are likely to turn to Fitzpatrick with the hope that he could deliver. This will be a chance also for the 33-year old quarterback to cover up the 11 interceptions that gave the Jets a 1-5 start this season.
With the situation, the Jets are in they put the fate of their season in Fitzpatrick’s hands once again. Smith will need to fully recover and the Jets will see if they could give him another shot at the starting post. But come Week 8 Fitzpatrick needs to convince the Jets organization and its fans that he can lead them to a playoff run this season.
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