Next level: An inside look at Geno Smith

April, 30, 2013
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The folks at ESPN Stats & Information have provided an in-depth look at QB Geno Smith. Drink it in:

SHOTGUN SHOW: Smith attempted over 96 percent of his passes out of a shotgun or pistol formation in his career. West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen introduced Smith to the pistol in 2011, and he has thrown 42 touchdowns and four interceptions out of that formation since then. Jets perspective: The shotgun is a big part of Marty Mornhinweg's offense, but it's not the base formation. With the Eagles last season, Mornhinweg's quarterbacks attempted 69 percent of their passes out of the shotgun.

Geno Smith
Illustration by Bryan Christie DesignGeno Smith
RUN THREAT: Smith scrambled for 253 yards and averaged 7.2 yards per scramble in 2012. But the run wasn't a big part of the system for the Mountaineers. Smith attempted only 11 designed rushes in 2012 and averaged 2.6 yards per rush on those carries. Jets perspective: After drafting Smith, the Jets indicated they could install some read-option packages for him.

BLITZ BUSTER: Robert Griffin III led the NFL with a 96.8 Total QBR when facing five or more pass-rushers in 2012. Like Griffin, Smith excelled against extra pressure in his final year of college. In his final year at Baylor, Griffin completed 70.2 percent of throws against added pressure, with a 11-0 TD-to-INT ratio. Smith was at 70.8 percent with a 12-1 ratio in 2012. Jets perspective: Smith was blitzed a lot because West Virginia often played in an open formation without a tight end. The Jets were blitzed a lot last season because ... well, they didn't have any blitz-blitzing wide receivers.

SHORT BUT EFFECTIVE: Smith threw 177 of his 518 passes at or behind the line of scrimmage in 2012, including an AQ-high 112 screen passes. As a result, Smith's average pass traveled 7.7 yards past the line of scrimmage, the fewest air yards per attempt of any top QB prospect. Jets perspective: In college, Smith benefited from having WR Tavon Austin, who had more yards-after-catch than any receiver in the draft. The Jets don't have a guy like that, but the backs will be more involved in the passing game than last season.

GOING DEEP: Smith completed over 42 percent of his passes thrown 15 yards or longer in 2012, including 15 touchdowns. Yet in West Virginia's six losses, Smith completed fewer than a quarter of his 15-yard throws and was off target (overthrown, underthrown or wide) on more than half of his attempts. Jets perspective: Smith's deep accuracy was a concern for the Jets; they studied it closely in his pro-day workout.

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter

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