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Jets noncommittal on Geno Smith remaining starter

Quarterback had rough rookie season Aaron Wilson

Print This January 01, 2014, 03:26 PM EST

New York Jets coach Rex Ryan and general manager John Idzik were noncommittal on whether quarterback Geno Smith will remain their starting quarterback for next season.

It's expected that he'll face competition for the job.

“We’re all excited about having Geno as part of the Jets but we will always look to improve every position in any manner we can and that doesn’t change going into 2014,” Idzik said. “We’ll look at quarterbacks, yes we’ll look at quarterbacks.

“We don’t look too far into the future with that. Again, Geno started 16 games for us. You all witnessed how he did, how he finished strong. We’re very, very excited and happy that Geno is with us.”

Smith had 25 turnovers for the seaso, none in the last two games..

“He’s a very resilient young man,” Idzik said. “For him to start all 16 games, go through the highs and lows of an NFL season and just to see him develop as a player, see him handle a game, see him be more efficient in the pocket, his accuracy, threatening with his legs, all of the things that he did, they were very positive.”

Added Ryan: "I thought Geno improved by leaps and bounds in this area as the season went on. Some of the interceptions happened, but the way he protected the football in the pocket is something that is hard to teach a lot of times.”

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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.

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