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Geno Smith made history Sunday.
In a dramatic 18-17 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the New York Jets rookie became the first quarterback drafted in the second round or later to pass for 250-plus yards and win an opener since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger.
For his efforts, Smith has earned a second start. Coach Rex Ryan confirmed Monday that Smith will lead the Jets into Thursday’s AFC East grudge match with the New England Patriots.
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“He’ll start this game,” Ryan told reporters. ” … With a short week like this, Geno will be the quarterback. And, again, I don’t think we’re looking past New England. They’re 100 percent of our attention.”