Transcript: QB Geno Smith 5/11/13

On how practice went today…

It felt good. I was able to get in and out of the huddle a lot smoother than yesterday. Overall, I think as an offense we had some good moments and some not so good moments. But it’s still a work in progress. Every single one of us is out there learning, just trying to better ourselves and just trying to make the team.

On what grade he would give himself for the day…

I’ll leave the grading to the coaches, but I think today was another good day. It got better again today, so that’s something that I just continue to do daily, I try to improve, even if it’s just in the smallest amount. I think I did that today.

On his biggest focus at practice…

No mental mistakes, I try not to make mental mistakes in practice. I try to be sound in the huddle, saying the cadence, going out there (with) proper footwork (and) proper depth on my drops (and) knowing my reads. Just trying not to make mental mistakes and that’s the biggest thing, execution and operation.

On the learning curve for rookies…

I think the coaches do a great job. Coach (Marty) Mornhinweg and Coach (David) Lee do a great job of allowing us to grow. Like I (have) said all along, I have a long way to go. I know that and we all do. I think that’s for every single rookie coming into the NFL (and) every single quarterback. It’s probably the toughest position in the league, so there’s a lot on my plate, but it’s just about how you handle it. I think overall, I’ve been doing my best to just study my playbook, I’m up late, (I) come in here early and do all the things necessary to be a good quarterback.

On whether hiring Priority Sports would be a conflict of interests between the team and himself…

I don’t think so. I don’t exactly know their thoughts on that (are). No one has ever expressed that to me. Overall, I think it’s a decision as to what’s best for me as a player. No matter who I hire, it’s going to be in the best interest of Geno Smith.

On whether people may see hiring Priority Sports as a conflict of interests…

I couldn’t tell you that.

On when he will hire an agent…

That’s not my first priority. I’m here in camp and I’m taking care of what I have to do here, and that’s just staying in my playbook, getting better, leading these guys on and off the field, and that’s really what I’m focused on. There will be a time for that. I had meetings, but there will be a time for me to make a decision and I feel there’s no real rush now, so I don’t really know yet.

On what he feels he needs to improve…

I think every single area. I try to improve on not only my understanding of the offense of what’s been installed, but my understanding of how to get in and out of the huddle at the proper pace that Coach Mornhinweg wants us to, getting up to the line, going through my proper reads and my proper depth in my drops and just putting all together. I think it’s something that needs to continue to improve and I’m just going to work hard at it and just lean on my coaches and the veterans.

On why there were some false start penalties…

It was probably a number of reasons, but overall, it’s just something that doesn’t need to happen. As an offense you never want to have penalties or negative plays, so if there’s a false start, no matter who it is, it needs to be corrected and I’m pretty sure the coaches are correcting them.

On when he has met with Coach Mornhinweg…

I had two days here and we have meeting time at about 2:30. We spend about an hour and a half going through install. It’s really just about how you study on your own. Like I said, me and the offensive linemen, G Will Campbell, all those guys, we spend time at night going through the cadence, going through the actions of the huddle and just doing the things that will help us out on the field. I think it’s paid off for us. I don’t really see too many miscommunications out there. The offensive line may get in the huddle and they’re talking, the wide receivers are talking and that’s the biggest thing, that we can all communicate and help one another.