New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith says he’ll “definitely” sign with the team in 2018 and he says he’s excited to be back in his hometown.
Smith said he’s “very much” looking forward to getting back to work after his injury-shortened 2016 season, and he expects the Jets to be in a better spot in the future.
“We’ve got a pretty good roster,” he said in a radio interview with NFL Network’s Mike & Molly.
“We got to get better.
And we got to take care of our own business.
And I’m excited to do that.
It’s not something that happens overnight.
It takes time.
But I’m very much looking forward and excited about coming back.”
The Jets have been one of the NFL’s best teams the past two seasons.
They won the Super Bowl last season and have won nine consecutive games.
They finished with the best record in the NFL last season with a 10-6 record.
Smith said he has been excited about being a part of that group again this season.
“You just get to play every single snap, so I’m really excited,” he added.
“I’m just going to play my ass off.”
Smith has missed a combined 17 games in each of the past three seasons because of multiple knee injuries.
He missed two games in 2016 because of a torn ACL.
He had surgery on the knee in April and said he expects to be ready to return to the field in time for the season opener against the Chicago Bears on Sept. 10.
He said he was optimistic about his future after missing time in 2016 but said he is not in a hurry to return.
“I’m not really in a rush to get back,” Smith said.
“That’s just not something I want to think about.”
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