New York Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith has responded to all of the criticism he’s faced over the past week after falling out of the first round of this year’s draft and firing his former agents.
“I don’t worry about what people say — my skin is pretty thick,” Smith told USA TODAY Sports. “I’ve never been in trouble.”
Smith denied the report that stated he turned off many NFL teams by texting on his cell phone while meeting with teams at the combine.
“That’s not true,” said Smith flatly. “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.”
Smith regrets listening to his former agents and skipping the Senior Bowl.
“It was a decision I ultimately made,” Smith said. “My first instinct is always to go out and compete. I’m a competitor. It’s one of those things where I trusted those guys. They advised me that it may have been best for me not to go.”
Smith denied that he fired his agents because he was not taken in the first round.
“No, that’s not why I let them go,” said Smith.
Smith then continued.
“Parts of the draft experience were tough, but not all of it, Smith said. With that entire process, you can see where some things went wrong. … “Choosing to leave those guys was the best decision for me at the time. That’s what I went with.”I think I’m pretty good with my decision-making. So I trust myself.”
Even though Smith wasn’t going to come back for day 2 of the NFL draft, he says it wasn’t an option for him to go home after the first round.
“Coming back on Day 2 was never not an option for me,” Smith said.
“My goal was to go up on that stage and shake Mr. Goodell’s hand. And that’s what we did.”