Geno Smith has “Brutal’ Practice, Sanchez likely to Start


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“Brutal” was the word Rex Ryan chose to describe rookie quarterback Geno Smith’s performance in practice on Wednesday.

“It was brutal. That was Geno’s worst day,” Rex Ryan said after Wednesday’s practice. “Obviously the ankle is part of it. Way too many picks and things, [he] did not look comfortable today. Obviously he has to come back from it, he will come back from it but it was a bad day. We’ve seen it, guys have bad days, but this was a really bad day for Geno.”

Geno Smith threw a total of four interceptions during practice — three in team drills and one during 7-on-7. Smith finished practice 10-for-21 with 4 interceptions, according to ESPN New York. Hardly, the numbers you want to see from the Jets’ potential starting quarterback three weeks before the start of the season.

A usually reserved Rex Ryan didn’t hold back his true feelings on the the rookies performance; when asked whether he was disappointed with Smith, Ryan candidly told the media, “Absolutely. I guess these days happen, but you don’t expect them to happen.”

Ryan also said it was a possibility that Smith might not play at all during Saturday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Though that would be a smart decision, based on the obvious fact that Smith is far from healthy, it questions why Smith was even allowed to practice at all this week.

While Smith was having his worst day of the summer, Mark Sanchez quietly continued to out perform his competition – he completed 7-of-11 passes working with the second team offense. Aside from one horrible play against Detroit a week ago, Sanchez has silenced many of his critics with his consistent play, and excellent command of the new offense.

Although it hasn’t been made official yet, it’s becoming more likely that Sanchez will start again this weekend against Jacksonville, which will give him a huge advantage to be the Jets’ starting QB in week one.


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  1. […] Recently, Smith has been unimpressive during practice, leading people to believe that the rookie is not ready to become a starting quarterback just yet, but that wasn’t the case on Wednesday. In front of a few hundred loyal Jets fans at an open practice Smith was outstanding; he completed 15-of-16 passes for 2 TDs. ”It wasn’t brutal, that’s for sure.” Rex Ryan said laughing — a comment that gave the collective media a unified chuckle due to Rex’s previous comments on Smith’s four interception performance last week. […]

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