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Geno Smith goes to Jets, has Mark Sanchez in his sights

Geno Smith joins the Jets’ stable of QBs. (Jason DeCrow / AP)

The NFL’s wackiest team just added a whole new dimension, with the New York Jets claiming Geno Smith with the eighth pick (39th overall) in the second round of the NFL draft Friday.

Now you know why the West Virginia quarterback, who said he was leaving town after going undrafted Thursday night, chose to hang around another day. It wasn’t for the black-and-white cookies. Smith exhaled in relief as he took the stage to shake Roger Goodell’s hand, but he may be the only one relieved. The Jets now have a crowd at QB: Mark Sanchez (who, according to the NFL Network, expected Smith’s arrival), Tim Tebow, Greg McElroy, David Garrard, Matt Smms and Smith.

In Smith, the Jets have a guy with designs on making the playoffs — and starting. The NFL Network’s Melissa Stark asked Smith if he was ready to compete with Sanchez for that starting spot and he replied:

“I’m ready to compete. I’m ready to go in there and try to win the starting job.”

Already Adam Schefter of ESPN is reporting that the Jets may release Sanchez, despite the terrific expense that would entail. And keep Tebow.

This is going to be … interesting.


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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.



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