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NFL Roundup: QB Smith Jumps From Jets to Giants

  • FILE - In this Oct. 30, 2016 file photo, Cleveland Browns quarterback Josh McCown throws in the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Jets, in Cleveland. A person with direct knowledge of the situation says that free agent quarterback McCown is meeting with the New York Jets. The quarterback-needy Jets have just the inexperienced Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg on their roster and McCown would provide a veteran presence who could potentially start and be a mentor to the youngsters. (AP Photo/David Richard, File)



Tuesday, March 21, 2017

East Rutherford, n.j. — The New York Giants are giving former Jets quarterback Geno Smith a chance to learn from Eli Manning.

The Giants on Monday announced they had signed Smith and cornerback Valentino Blake, who also excels on special teams. A second-round draft choice out of West Virginia in 2013, Smith has been a bust after a good rookie season. He missed most of last season after surgery for an ACL injury in October.

“Geno has a great, positive attitude, and he’s looking forward to learning and competing in our QB room,” general manager Jerry Reese said.

Smith believes he can learn from Manning, a two-time Super Bowl MVP, and develop under coach Ben McAdoo and quarterbacks coach Frank Cignetti.

“I think it will work out tremendously for me,” Smith said. “And it’s also an opportunity to be on a real good team, a winning team, get healthy — it’s just a perfect scenario for me. I couldn’t have written it up any better myself.”

The Giants signed backup Josh Johnson last week. Ryan Nassib is a free agent.

Smith has hit 501 of 866 pass attempts for 5,962 yards, 28 touchdowns and 36 interceptions. The 26-year-old has a 12-18 record as a starter.

Jets Ink McCown

New York — The New York Jets have signed veteran free-agent quarterback Josh McCown to a one-year deal.

The team announced the signing on Monday night. Agent Mike McCartney announced on Twitter that the contract is for one season. Financial terms were not immediately available.

The Jets had just the inexperienced Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg on their roster, and McCown provides a veteran presence who could potentially start and be a mentor to the youngsters.

McCown, who’ll turn 38 on July 4, played the past two seasons with Cleveland.

Cowboys Re-sign Backup QB

Frisco, Texas — The Dallas Cowboys re-signed backup quarterback Kellen Moore on Monday.

Before Moore broke his right ankle during the first week of training camp last year and missed the entire season, he had been expected to back up Tony Romo.

When Moore was hurt, rookie quarterback Dak Prescott got his chance after Romo got hurt in his first preseason game. Prescott, the fourth-round draft pick, became the starter and helped lead the Cowboys to the NFC East title.

The 27-year-old Moore started two games at the end of the 2015 season when Romo was sidelined by a broken collarbone. Moore has passed for 779 yards with four touchdowns and six interceptions in his three games.