Jets legend Joe Namath will not be purchasing a Geno Smith jersey in the foreseeable future. Talking to New York’s WFAN, Namath didn’t sound too impressed with the second-year player. Via Darryl Slater of The Star-Ledger…
“I can’t evaluate Geno other than what I’ve heard from his coaches. I don’t see anything outstanding about him. He’s not an outstanding passer. He’s not an outstanding runner. He’s good, but nothing jumps out at me with intangibles that I’m not aware of because I’m not there on an everyday (basis).
“I haven’t seen anything really extra special from Geno, and that’s not to be negative at all. The guy performed really darn well on a professional level against guys that were so much better than he’s ever played against. The upside of Geno is going to be strong. The upside is grasping his offense versus the defenses he sees.
“Just looking at him physically, what’s outstanding about his running ability? What’s outstanding about his passing ability? Nothing to me is outstanding about it, but it’s pretty good.”
Here’s some more news from the AFC East…
- Following the signing of offensive lineman Daryn Colledge, the Dolphins have waived linebacker Marcus Thompson, the team announced on Twitter. Thompson was signed as an undrafted free agent in May.
- The Dolphins have used 48.32 percent of their cap room on offense, 47.91 percent on defense and 3.77 percent on special teams, ESPN.com’s James Walker calculates. The writer notes that the Dolphins arn’t paying Ryan Tannehill like an elite quarterback, allowing the team to spend money at other positions.
- Dolphins safety Michael Thomas made a game-saving interception against Tom Brady last season, but Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun Sentinel writes that the big play doesn’t make Thomas a lock for this year’s roster. The 25-year-old will be competing with Don Jones, Jordan Kovacs, Demetrius Wright and Walt Aikens for one of the two or three backup safety spots.
- Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus will have a non-jury trial on his street racing charges on September 9, reports WIVB Ed Drantch (via Darin Gantt of ProFootballTalk.com). Drantch also reports on Twitter that Darus was offered a plea deal, but that it was not immediately accepted.
- Potential Bills owner Jon Bon Jovi has no desire to move the team, ESPN’s Ron Jaworski said on WGR Radio (via Jon Kyrk of the Toronto Sun). The ESPN personality previously co-owned the AFL’s Philadelphia Soul with Bon Jovi.