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Brandon Marshall is ‘proud’ of Geno Smith: ‘He’s doing a great job’


Brandon Marshall praised Geno Smith following Wednesday’s OTA session, saying the presumptive New York Jets quarterback — at least at this point — is exhibiting significant growth on the practice field, specifically during a two-minute drill.

“There was a sense of poise, comfort, and it was pretty good to watch him kind of manage the situation,” Marshall said, via’s Darryl Slater. “That’s the process for all players. You’ve got to give guys time. Every guy is different. He seems to be growing, and that’s a good thing for all of us. He’s doing a great job. I’m just happy for the kid. I’m proud of him.

“Going through two-minute [on Wednesday], before we even went out on the field, standing in front of the offense, and [Smith] going through the hand signals, it was like a sense of comfort and confidence. And that’s what you want out of all your players. That stood out to me today.”

With no end in sight for the contentious contract negotiations between the New York Jets and free agent quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, Marshall’s effusive praise of Smith’s development has to be viewed as encouraging, especially given how Marshall and fellow wideout Eric Decker allegedly were no shows at three Jets practices last week to protest Fitzpatrick’s continued absence.

Marshall previously stated he believed the Jets would be “okay” without Fitzpatrick, so perhaps it’s no surprise he’s pulling for Smith, especially given Marshall and Smith became fast friends after the wide receiver was traded to the Jets, even becoming roommates last offseason.

All told, it appears Smith — who has assumed the starting quarterback position in all five of the Jets’ OTA sessions this offseason — is taking advantage of the opportunity, just as Fitzpatrick seized control of the starting quarterback position after Smith suffered a broken jaw during an altercation with a former teammate ahead of last season.

And Marshall couldn’t be happier for the 25-year-old signal-caller, not to mention the Jets.

“I was really excited not only for us, but also him, because he’s been through a lot. Some of it he did to himself,” he said. “But that’s part of the process, man. You just go through things, and whether good or bad, it’s all part of growth.”