Geno Smith: I'll be Eli Manning's full-time student

Paola Ditto
Marzo 21, 2017

The newest Giants are Geno Smith, who spent his first four National Football League seasons with the Jets, and cornerback and special teams standout Valentino Blake, who has played for Jacksonville, Pittsburgh and Tennessee.

The Giants today added two more veteran players, a quarterback and their first defensive newcomer of the offseason.

"Every day I'm pissed off until I get my job back", Smith told ESPN during last summer's training camp. Big Blue was doing their due diligence after Smith tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in an October 23 game against the Baltimore Ravens. "If you learn from a guy like that, we can all do a lot better".

Herzlich will return for a seventh season with the Giants. The young signal caller finished the last season with 126 passing yards, one touchdown, and an interception.

"I think it will work out tremendously for me", Smith said.

"I want to carry my notepad around and whatever I see Eli doing, whether it's in the classroom, on the field or off the field, I want to write it down", Smith said. His record as a starter is 12-18.

In 2015, Smith was involved in a physical altercation with IK Enemkpali and missed the beginning of the season with a broken jaw. "But I just look forward to this year and having an opportunity to get healthy and learn and become a better quarterback". He had agreed to terms with the Giants last week, pending Monday's evaluation.

"Geno has a great positive attitude, and he's looking forward to learning and competing in our QB room", GM Jerry Reese said in a team release.

Smith is coming off of ACL surgery on his right knee in November. "Because he's a guy you can model yourself after", Smith said. "But I have to be smart about it and not do anything that will cause me setbacks". If I can just stay healthy, the future is pretty bright. Herzlich did not play much linebacker previous year, but is one of the team's core special teams players.

Cornerback Coty Sensabaugh, who played in 10 games after joining the New York Giants last season, will join the Pittsburgh Steelers.

After one year with the Jaguars, he was claimed off waivers by the Steelers in 2013. Blake established career highs with 74 tackles (62 solo), two interceptions and 11 special teams tackles. He played in all 16 games, including a start. He has 148 tackles, three interceptions, a sack and 27 passes defenced, plus 38 special teams tackles. He follows former teammates Damon Harrison, a defensive tackle who signed previous year, as well as wide receiver Brandon Marshall, who became a Giant earlier this month.

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