Smith responds yet again to criticism following fallout after draft process.
New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith would be well advised to concentrate on his football rather than hitting back at critics after his latest outburst, stating that he doesn’t “worry about what people say”.
Smith was projected as a potential first-round pick in the NFL Draft 2013 a fortnight ago, but fell into the second round before being picked 39th overall by the Jets.
His descent down the pecking order dominated most of the headlines during the draft process, but was further emphasised after he responded to the disappointment by firing his agents.
However, in an interview with USA Today he has revealed his feelings on the situation and isn’t particularly bothered by the coverage he has received.
“I don’t worry about what people say – my skin is pretty thick. I’ve never been in trouble,” he said as reported by USA Today.com.
The 22-year-old has received a negative response following the media reports that have surrounded him since joining the Jets, but says most of it isn’t true. An unnamed NFC scout even went as far as describing Smith as a “spoiled, pampered brat” in a report from ESPNNewYork.com last week.
“I got strong remarks from all the teams I visited with. I couldn’t care less what’s coming out in the media, because I know what’s true,” he added
Smith will report to the Jets’ rookie mini-camp on Friday, as he begins the task of competing with the likes of Mark Sanchez, David Garrard, Greg McElroy and Matt Simms for the starting quarterback role.