Geno Smith has yet to throw an interception, and continues to make throws that Jets fans haven’t seen from a quarterback since…dare I say it, number 12 was wearing the jersey. But, according to Brian Baldinger of NFL Network Geno Smith’s current level of conditioning is “embarrassing”.
Baldinger, who watched practice Sunday, was largely impressed with Smith except for when the team ran wind sprints at the end of practice.
“He looked good yesterday until they ran gassers at the end of practice, and Geno Smith looked like he had done no conditioning,” Baldinger said of Smith. “It was actually embarrassing to see how far behind he was behind Sanchez, [Matt] Simms and everybody else that’s there.”
Thankfully for Smith windsprints don’t contribute as much to the success of a quarterback as actual performance does. And in that regard, Baldinger was impressed.
“He did look good getting in and out of the huddle, getting to the line of scrimmage, getting the ball out of his hands quickly,” Baldinger said.
The fact that nobody else within the media circle covering the Jets has picked up on Geno’s lack of conditioning makes Baldinger’s emphasis on it an interesting choice. No matter Geno’s current physical conditioning, he is impressing on the field and will no doubt be in peak physical condition and ready to go, if named the starting quarterback come week one.
Smith continued his impressive run with the first team offense on Monday as he went 5-10 with 2 drops and 2 sacks. Smith also added a pair of touchdowns — a 12 yard pass off play action to Jeremy Kerley, and a 17 yarder to Stephen Hill. Sanchez was less impressive today, working with the second team, throwing his first interception of camp to linebacker Josh Mauga on a pass intended for Clyde Gates in the middle of the field.
The Jets have an off day tomorrow before returning to the practice field on Wednesday, at which point Sanchez will take the first of 2 days with first team offense.