Former Mountaineers QB Geno Smith to start for New York Giants

Former West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith will start over Eli Manning against the Oakland Raiders, Sunday, Giants head coach Ben McAdoo announced on Tuesday.

“Geno will start this week,” McAdoo told Michael Eisen of giants.com. “Over the last five games, we will take a look at Geno, and we will also give Davis [Webb] an opportunity.”

Smith’s start against the Raiders will end Manning’s starting streak of 210 regular-season games, which is the second-longest streak by a quarterback in NFL history, according to giants.com.

Geno Smith was taken by the New York Jets in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft. The former West Virginia gunslinger was a first-team All-Big East selection in 2011 and second-team selection in 2010.

This is Smith’s first season with the Giants, who are 2-9. Smith’s start is a product of New York’s record and an effort to evalute each position, according to Giants general manager Jerry Reese.

“This is not a statement about anything other than we are 2-9, and we have to do what is best for the organization moving forward, and that means evaluating every position,” Reese said to NFL.com. “I told Eli this morning that an organization could not ask for any more in a franchise quarterback. He has been that and more. Nobody knows what the future holds, but right now, this is what we think is best for the franchise.”

The Giants and Raiders kick off at 4:25 p.m. ET on FOX.

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