It might be the offseason, but quarterback Geno Smith is working on his craft during his time away from the Jets. According to an article by Rich Cimini in ESPN NY, the Jets quarterback has been working in Florida with former NFLer and mechanics master Chris Weinke:
Geno Smith prepared for the NFL scouting combine by working out with quarterback guru Chris Weinke at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. A year later, Smith is taking the same approach to his offseason.
The New York Jets‘ quarterback was seen Monday at IMG, working in a private session with Weinke, IMG’s director of football operations.
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comIt’s a good thing to see Smith reach out to Weinke for some more instruction while he awaits his shot at a second season. Hopefully, Smith will spend a good amount of time training and preparing this offseason to build on some of his late season successes as a rookie.
Why Weinke? In 2010, Weinke teamed with John Madden to create the IMG Madden Football Academy. Weinke has been the Academy’s director since that time and has worked with NFL prospects such as Cam Newton, Smith and 2014 NFL prospect Teddy Bridgewater.
Weinke, of course, had an interesting path to college and NFL football. After playing baseball in the Blue Jays minor league organization for six years, Weinke returned to college at Florida State, where he led the Seminoles to a national championship while also winning the Heisman. Weinke then played with the Panthers, leading the team as far as the NFC Championship game.