- Personal Information:
- Full Name: Eugene Cyril Smith III
- Nickname: Geno
- Date of Birth: October 10, 1990
- Age: 33 years
- Birthplace: Miami, Florida, USA
- Relatives: Eugene Smith Jr., Tracy Seller, Danny Smith, Melvin Bratton
- Partner: Haley Eastham
- Career Information:
- Current Team: Seattle Seahawks
- Position: Quarterback
- Jersey Number: #7
- College Team: West Virginia Mountaineers
- Years: 2009-2012
- High School: Miramar
- NFL Draft:
- Year: 2013
- Round: 2
- Pick: 39
- Drafted by: New York Jets
- NFL Debut: August 09, 2013
- Experience: 10 Years
- Current Team: Seattle Seahawks
- Physical Details:
- Height: 1.91 m (6 feet 3 inches)
- Weight: 100 kg (221 pounds)
- Shoe Size: 12 (US)
- Financial & Contractual Details:
- Duration: Three years
- Total Value: $105 million
- Annual Salary: Approx. $25 million guaranteed
- Net Worth: Approx. $5 million
- Other Details:
Geno Smith Stats
Team: Seattle Seahawks
- Games Played: 66
- Completions: 1,075
- Attempts: 1,701
- Completion Percentage: 63.2%
- Yards: 12,045
- Average Yards Per Pass Attempt: 7.1
- Touchdowns: 69
- Interceptions: 49
- Longest Pass: 84 yards
- Sacks: 148
- Passer Rating: 85.8
- Adjusted QBR: –
- Games Played: 66
- Attempts: 234
- Yards: 1,089
- Average: 4.7 yards per rush
- Touchdowns: 9
- Longest Run: 32 yards
- First Downs: 72
- Fumbles: 12
- Fumbles Lost: 5
- Games Played: 66
- Receptions: 2
- Targets: 3
- Yards: 11
- Average: 5.5 yards per reception
- Touchdowns: 0
- Longest Reception: 13 yards
- First Downs: 1
- Fumbles: 0
- Fumbles Lost: 0
- Games Played: 66
- Total Tackles: 5
- Solo Tackles: 5
- Sacks: 0
- Forced Fumbles: 2
- Fumbles Recovered: 0
- Interceptions: 0
- Games Played: 66
- Passing Touchdowns: 69
- Rushing Touchdowns: 9
- Receiving Touchdowns: 0
- Return Touchdowns: 0
- Total Points: 54
Geno Smith 2023-24 Profile
Geno Smith has had a rocky tenure in the NFL, but the stars may finally be aligning for him. Drafted by the New York Jets in 2013, it didn’t work out for Smith. This resulted in him leaving the Jets in 2016 and bounced between the Giants, Chargers and finally got a roster spot with the Seattle Seahawks in 2019 as a backup. When starting quarterback Russell Wilson left Seattle, the Seahawks turned to Smith to lead the team and he did not disappoint.
In 2022, Smith had his first winning record and playoff berth as a starter, earnt his first Pro-Bowl selection, lead the league in completion percentage and won the Comeback Player of the Year Award.
The 2023 Seattle Seahawks have their sights firmly set on a return to the playoffs led by Geno Smith. Smith has the talent and all the pieces around him to succeed and have a long playoff run.
Let’s take a look at Smith’s upbringing, his NFL career so far, his resurgence and what we can expect from him in the 2023-24 season.
Geno Smith Background
Eugene Cyril Smith III (Geno Smith) was born on October 10, 1990, in Miramar, Florida. Smith attended Miramar High school where as a junior, he passed for 2,200 yards, 25 touchdowns and three interceptions, he was named second-team all-state quarterback. Following this year, he was invited to attend the Elite 11 quarterback competition for high school quarterbacks across the United States. Other Elite 11 alumni include Andrew Luck, Trevor Lawrence and Mathew Stafford.
In Smith’s senior year, he completed 205 of 338 passes for 3,089 yards, and 30 touchdowns. He was a first-team all-state selection and was the No.1 rated player in Broward County. He finished his career as the third-best passer in Broward County history. Named in the ESPN top 150 prospects list, he committed to West Virginia as a four-star recruit.
Smith acted as the backup quarterback in his freshman year, he completed 32 of 49 for 309 yards, a touchdown and an interception. His sophomore year saw him take over as the starting quarterback and he finished with 241 of 372 passes for 2,763 yards, 24 touchdowns and seven interceptions, he also got voted Big East Offensive Player of the Week, twice.
Smith’s Junior year saw a bump in his passing game as West Virginia hired new head coach Dana Holgorsen. Smith set school records for completions (38), attempts (65), and passing yards (463) in the fourth game of the season against LSU. Despite losing, Smith’s numbers were impressive, and it didn’t stop there. Smith tied a Big East record with seven 300-yard games in a season. He led West Virginia to the Orange Bowl where they won 70-33 against the Clemson Tigers, he tied three individual bowl records, most touchdown passes (6), most overall touchdowns (7), and total points (41). He also broke Tom Brady’s Orange Bowl passing yards record with 401 passing yards and became the Big East Single season passing leader with 4,379 yards.
Smith finished his Senior year with 4,205 passing yards, 42 touchdowns and six interceptions. Following the end of the season, he decalred for the 2013 NFL Draft.
There was a lot of talk about Smith prior to the draft. Many analysts had Smith going in the first round, half of the teams picking in the top ten all expressed interest in drafting him. Unfortunately for Smith, only one quarterback was drafted on day 1 and it wasn’t him. Smith reluctantly returned the next day and was selected 39th overall by the New York Jets. He was selected to compete with Mark Sanchez for the starting role.
Player Name’s NFL Career So Far
The 2013 season was Smith’s rookie year and following an injury to Mark Sanchez, Smith led the New York Jets to an 18-17 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in their season opener. In his third week as an NFL player, Smith became the first rookie in franchise history to throw for 300 or more yards in a game as the Jets went on to beat the Bills 27-20.
The Jets ended the season 8-8, narrowly missing the playoffs. Smith had an up and down season, he struggled at times and showed glimpses of his potential. He finished his rookie year with 3,046 yards, 12 touchdowns and 21 interceptions, as well as 72 carries for 366 rushing yards and six touchdowns.
The 2014 season saw Smith struggle. The interceptions were becoming a regular occurrence and on multiple occasions he was benched for veteran Michael Vick. Once again, Smith showed glimpses of his potential in the regular season finale, guiding the Jets to a remarkable 37-24 victory on the road against the Miami Dolphins. During this game, he completed 20 of 25 passes for 358 yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions, achieving a perfect passer rating. This outstanding performance marked the sixth perfect game in Jets history. Throughout his second season, Smith accumulated 2,525 passing yards, 13 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions, along with 59 carries, 238 rushing yards, and a touchdown. Despite his individual efforts, the Jets ended the season at the bottom of the division with a 4-12 record.
2015 preseason, Smith was involved with an incident with defensive end IK Enemkpali. Smith was punched in the face by Enemkpali and suffered a fractured jaw which would sideline him for 6-10 weeks. Whilst Smith was injured, Ryan Fitzpatrick led the Jets to a 2-0 record, thus Head Coach Todd Bowles decided to stick with Fitzpatrick as the starter and relegated Smith to being the backup, Smith only featured once in the 2015 season.
2016 saw Smith regain the starting job after Fitzpatrick was benched for poor performance after Week 6. He started the Week 7 matchup against the Baltimore Ravens and threw for 95 yards and a touchdown before being forced to leave the game with a knee injury, it was later announced that Smith has torn his ACL, placing him on injured reserve for the remainder of the season.
Geno signed with the New York Giants in 2017 as the backup to Eli Manning. In Week 13, Smith became the first black quarterback to start for the Giants and ended Eli Manning’s 210-game starting streak with the Giants. He threw for 212 yards and a touchdown but fumbled the ball twice in the first half, the Giants eventually lost by one score and Manning was renamed the starter a week later.
2018 saw Smith sign with the Chargers, he never started, but made five appearances off the bench. In 2019 he signed with the Seahawks as the backup but didn’t see any real action until the 2021 season. Russell Wilson was placed on injured reserve and Smith became the starter. He finished the season with 702 passing yards, five touchdowns, one interception and nine carries for 42 yards and a touchdown in four games.
His efforts in the 2021 season saw him earn a new contract with the Seahawks and he was named the starter for the 2022 season following Russell Wilson’s departure. There wasn’t a lot of hope around the Seahawks or Geno Smith. Wilson had been the long-standing quarterback for the Seahawks, and his departure signaled a new era in Seattle.
To everyone’s surprise, Smith flourished in Seattle. He ended the regular season with multiple career highs, he completed 399 of 572 passes and led the league in completion percentage with 69.8%. Threw for 4,282 yards, 30 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He had a 100.9 passer rating and rushed 68 times for 366 yards and a touchdown. Smith was selected for his first Pro Bowl, named Comeback Player of the Year and the PWFA named him as their Most Improved Player. He also led the Seahawks to the playoffs, his first playoff berth. He was unable to come out with a victory against divisional rivals the San Francisco 49ers, but it capped a fantastic year for Geno.
Player Name’s 2023-2024 Season Forecast
Expectations are high or Geno Smith and the Seahawks going into the 2023-24 season. He’s surrounded by elite talent on both sides of the ball, he has all the tools necessary to win. Whilst the NFC West is a tough division, the Seahawks have a very good chance of reaching the playoffs.
It’s not surprising seeing Geno thrive in Seattle, he has an outstanding coach, and the team believes in him. They have so many playmakers that it takes the pressure off Geno. All he has to do is do the simple things right, and that’s exactly what Geno’s doing, anything extra is just a bonus.
In reality, a Super Bowl run may be asking a bit too much for this Seattle team led by Smith, but it’s not out of the question. There are, however, a lot of very good teams in the League, but on his day, Geno Smith has proven that he is capable of beating anyone.
Geno Smith is a professional NFL player who is currently the quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks, drafted in the 2013 NFL Draft, this is his tenth year in the NFL. He is the 2022 Comeback Player of the Year and led the league in pass completion percentage last year.
Geno Smith was born on October 10th, 1990, in Miramar, Florida, US
Geno was a four-star recruit that attended West Virginia for four years.
Geno Smith was drafted in 2013 by the New York Jets, he spent three year’s there before losing his job to Ryan Fitzpatrick, he spent a year with the New York Giants and another year with the Los Angeles Chargers, both as backups. In 2019 he signed with the Seattle Seahawks as a backup but won the starting job in 2022 following the departure of Russell Wilson. He led the Seahawks to the playoffs and earnt himself the 2022 Comeback Player of the Year Award. He is currently the starting quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks.
Geno Smith is currently the starting quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks.
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