Mark Sanchez can breathe a small sigh of relief tonight; for the first time since training camp began Geno Smith played like you’d expect a second round draft pick to play. He threw a pair of interceptions in the red zone during what Rex Ryan called a “sloppy” practice.
Smith wasn’t solely responsible for both interceptions. His first, caromed off Braylon Edwards’ hands and settled in the arms of cornerback Antonio Allen. However, moments later, Smith’s second interception was completely the rookie’s fault. Smith threw over the middle straight to linebacker Nick Bellore.
While berating the team as a whole on a bad practice Rex Ryan downplayed Smith’s first truly bad practice.
“It’s not like he’s going to be like Nolan Ryan and pitch a shutout out there,” Ryan said. “As long as we learn from it then it can almost be a positive.”
Smith told the media after practice that he needed to do better job of taking care of the ball, and vowed to learn from his mistakes.
“You’ve always got to be mindful of not turning it over,” Smith said. “And that’s something that I did today that can be fixed; I’ll improve on that.”
In a complete antithesis to Smith’s day Mark Sanchez looked “sharp” while working with the first team offense. He completed six of his nine passes and was one of the only players who put in a solid practice.
“I liked the way he was in the huddle,” Ryan said. “He was ready to go today, there was no question about that”
Ryan wouldn’t commit to naming a starter for Friday’s preseason opener against the Detroit Lions, but did suggest that the coaching staff may alter the current practice rotation. Currently, Sanchez and Smith have worked 2 consecutive days each with the starting unit — Sanchez worked with the starters on Monday. However, Ryan hinted that Smith might work with the starters on Tuesday, which will change the current rotation.