Geno Smith:Jets drafted me to be franchise QB

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In advance of Sunday's season opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, quarterback Geno Smith isn't short on confidence this week.

As the New York Jets handover the keys to their offense to Geno Smith, the rookie quarterback will use Sunday as an audition to become a cornerstone of the franchise for years to come.

"Honestly, I would love to be the franchise quarterback here, I think that's the reason they brought me in," admitted Smith.

With no pro experience under his belt, Smith is entering uncharted territory as he aims to unseat embattled and injured veteran Mark Sanchez for the job under center. Thrust into the starting role after Sanchez sustained a bruised throwing shoulder, Smith still feels prepared to take command of Gang Green's huddle.

"I don't think I've been rushed," said Smith. "I don't think they would put me out there if they didn't think I was ready. Like I said, I've been preparing my butt off. It's something that's going to continue to improve. My preparation will never change. I'm going to go out there with the intent to have a great game."

With Sanchez sidelined due to a bruised shoulder joint, Smith is still feeling the ill-effects from an ankle sprain he suffered during the Jets' preseason opener against the Detroit Lions. The former West Virginia star is almost 100 percent, and wants to avoid any setbacks before Sunday.

"It's steadily improving," said Smith. "It's a ways away from where it was when I was in Cortland. It's something I'm going to continue to treat even if its feeling fine, just to make sure that I take those precautions."

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