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Report: Jets To Name Geno Smith Starting QB, Bench Ryan Fitzpatrick

Geno Smith and Ryan Fitzpatrick standing side-by-side.


Ryan Fitzpatrick spent the off-season negotiating with the New York Jets after his impressive 2015. Now, after a disastrous start to the season, it appears that he will be bench in favor of Geno Smith.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Jets head coach Todd Bowles will make the call later today.

Fitzpatrick, a journeyman through most of his NFL career, has fulfilled his unfortunate "Pickspatrick" moniker so far this year. Through six games, he has thrown just five touchdowns to 11 interceptions, with six coming in an awful Week 3 performance against the Kansas City Chiefs. His pedestrian 6.46 yards per attempt and 57-percent completion rate aren't helping matters.

Smith made his first appearance of the season in Monday night's 28-3 loss to the Arizona Cardinals. He was 4-of-6 for 31 yards and an interception. The former second round pick out of West Virginia has had a poor start to his NFL career, averaging just 6.84 yards per attempt, with a 27:34 touchdown-to-interception ratio, along with 16 fumbles. The fact that Bowles is still going with Smith tells you how much Fitzpatrick has struggled.

The 1-5 Jets host the 3-3 Baltimore Ravens at MetLife Stadium this Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.