FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- At least one member of the Buffalo Bills is bummed out about Geno Smith's jaw injury. Fred Jackson, the well-respected running back, would rather face Smith than Ryan Fitzpatrick when they play the New York Jets.
“Without a doubt,” Jackson said on CBS Sports Radio’s "Tiki and Tierney" show. “Fitz was one of my favorite quarterbacks to play with. I would much rather have faced Geno than face Fitz. I’m a little biased on that just because he’s a great friend of mine, but I know what he brings to the table. He’s probably the smartest, if not one of the smartest quarterbacks in the league. It will be a lot of fun to compete against them, but I know we have to bring our A-game when we do.”
It's unusual for an opponent to admit this sort of thing. In this case, he probably wasn't trying to insult Smith. As Jackson mentioned, he and Fitzpatrick were teammates with the Bills, from 2010 to 2012.
The Jets and Bills don't play until Week 10, a Thursday night game (Nov. 12) at MetLife Stadium. By then, Smith should be healthy, so who knows who will be at quarterback for the Jets? Maybe Jackson will get his wish.