Jets players haven’t exactly rallied around Geno Smith in the aftermath of his jaw-breaking altercation with IK Enemkpali, but it appears as if one of the newest — and most controversial members of the squad — has his back.
Wide receiver Brandon Marshall expressed sympathy for Smith Monday, and said the embattled quarterback isn’t to blame for the incident, via Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News.
“I’m very disappointed. I feel bad for the kid, because he was doing really good. But we have to move forward if we want to win. Geno knows that,” Marshall said.
“I was sitting right there and I would say this without going into too many details because we’ve already moved past it: Geno Smith did nothing wrong. He did nothing wrong,” Marshall added. “And that’s all I’m going to say about that because we have to move forward and I don’t want to be a distraction to our team, but Geno Smith did everything the right way.”
“What if it happens next time and it does hit me? You don’t get a second chance with bullets.”
Hayne’s brush with the potentially fatal incident made him realize it was time to refocus his life. He said he talked with his mom following the shooting: “I made sure I was really calm and pretended like I wasn’t worried and I wasn’t scared, but really I was petrified. She didn’t have to tell me anything I don’t know. I know I have to pull my head in.” From there, his career took off.
His preseason NFL success isn’t beginner’s luck.
While it’s easy to assume Hayne won’t have the legs to go an entire NFL season without being cut, Hayne has already endured tough times in his career that may have prepared him for the grind of American football.