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Smith Wows, Sanchez Steady, During Sunday Practice


Mark Sanchez has turned the ball over 52 times in the past 2 seasons — a league high. However, so far, neither he, nor rookie Geno Smith, have given the ball back to the defense.

Both quarterbacks have started training camp strong. Sanchez has been consistent, and seems to have a better grasp on the fundamentals of the new offense; while Smith has already shown that he has the “wow” factor — the ability to make the big play and ignite the offense.

Sunday was the first full padded session for the Jets. After a rain delay in the morning, Geno Smith took his reps with the first team offense in the rescheduled afternoon practice, going 4-6 (one drop) and two sacks. His shining moment came on a long 50 yard completion to Stephen Hill, who is having a strong camp so far. Sanchez went 5-7 with one sack working with the second team offense.

Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said in his press conference sunday that Geno Smith has progressed very quickly within the system, and his challenge will be to continue that progression. On the other hand, Mark Sanchez’s challenge is to play within the system at a high level on a consistent basis.

Mornhinweg is throwing a lot at his new offense and his two quarterbacks, installing between 21-30 pass plays, and 4-8 run plays per session. Both quarterbacks are getting an even amount of work with the first team offense; Sanchez took the opening two practices, Geno will have the next two — Sunday and Monday.

The battle is far from over, but those who saw Sunday’s practice are getting very excited about the prospect of having Geno Smith on the field.

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