Geno Smith will get another shot as starting quarterback for the New York Jets.
Two days after Coach Todd Bowles declared the team would stick with struggling starter Ryan Fitzpatrick, that isn't the case after all. The 1-5 Jets are turning to Smith, a second-round draft pick from 2013 who hasn't started since 2014, this week against the Baltimore Ravens.
Team owner Woody Johnson confirmed the move Wednesday at the NFL fall meetings in Houston, saying he supports the decision by Bowles "100 percent."
As a rookie starter for the Jets in 2013, Smith went 8-8 while throwing for 12 touchdowns and 21 interceptions. After going 3-10 with 13 touchdowns and 13 interceptions the following year, Smith lost his starting job when he broke his jaw in a locker-room altercation during training camp in 2015.
Veteran quarterback Fitzpatrick took over and had a career year, passing for 3,905 yards with 31 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. Meanwhile, the Jets went 10-6 and just missed out on a playoff spot.
Fitzpatrick became a free agent after the season and the two sides engaged in contract dispute that wasn't resolved until just before training camp started. After turning down a three-year, $24-million offer earlier in the summer, Fitzpatrick ended up signing a one-year deal for $12 million.
But the magic didn't return this season. In six games, Fitzpatrick has thrown for five touchdowns and 11 interceptions, six of which came on Sept. 25 in a 24-3 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. On Monday night this week, an ineffective Fitzpatrick was benched in favor of Smith during the fourth quarter of a 28-3 loss to the Arizona Cardinals.
11:25 a.m.: This article has been updated with owner Woody Johnson confirming the move.