Is Geno Smith a Lost Cause as a Runner?

genosmith6bysteveprunty_thumb.jpg  I’m not going to lie, a big part of my fascination with Geno Smith is that I hope that he can provide the kind of fantasy returns that Cam Newton and RGIII have provided in recent years.  Until recently, I didn’t really think that Geno Smith would have running potential because I heard all fall that carrying the football just wasn’t his game.  That’s fine and I get the sense based on some of Geno’s comments that he doesn’t want to be known as a running quarterback.  But for a rookie, running the football can provide pretty consistent fantasy points.  Also, I remember hearing that RGIII wasn’t a very good runner last year too and he seemed to do just fine. Geno clocked a sub-4.60 at the Combine, so you know that if he takes off, he can carry the ball some distance before he gets run out of bounds.  He’s not as fast as RGIII, or as big as Cam Newton, but that might not matter because some amount of the time that QBs tuck it and run, they’re running to empty field.

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