The man who ended Eli Manning’s streak of consecutive starts in the NFL has found himself a new team. According to the reports, former New York Giants’ quarterback Geno Smith has agreed to a one year deal with the Los Angeles Chargers. It is expected that Smith will serve as a backup to Charger’s starting QB Philip Rivers.
Geno Smith signed a one year, $2 million deal with the New York Giants before the 2017 NFL season, and earned himself a spot as team’s backup QB. Giants’ coach Ben McAdoo decided to start Smith in Week 13 against the Oakland Raiders, which meant Manning’s streak of 222 consecutive starts ended. Although Smith performed above expectations, ending the game with 212 passing yards and a touchdown, he returned to the bench in Week 14 in favor of Manning after McAdoo and general manager Jerry Reese were fired.
Geno Smith was drafted in the NFL by the New York Jets, who spent a second-round pick in the 2013 draft to get him. After Jets’ starting QB Mark Sanchez suffered an injury, Smith was named the team’s starting QB in his rookie season. He finished the season with 8-8 record, passing for 3,046 yards and 12 touchdowns while having 21 interceptions. He also rushed for 366 yards and had 6 rushing touchdowns.
After a mediocre second season, Jets benched Smith and he proceeded on to appear in 5 games in the last three seasons.