Rex Ryan told the media with a knowing smile that they should “figure it out” when he was asked about why Geno Smith took three consecutive days of practice with the first team.
Rex’s comment clearly eludes to the obvious; barring any setbacks, rookie quarterback Geno Smith will make his first professional start on Saturday against the New York Giants. Ryan has given little away when asked about the quarterback competition, but it’s quite clear now, if it wasn’t before, that the only reason the Jets haven’t announced Mark Sanchez as the teams starter is because they want to give Geno Smith every chance to beat out the inconsistent veteran.
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.
After arguably his most impressive practice to date, the rookie, like his head coach, was coy in his response to the media. When asked if it was his best practice so far, Smith said, “I wouldn’t say it was my best day.” Best day or not, if he can replicate that production on Saturday against the New York Giants, he will put himself firmly back in contention to become the Jets starting quarterback.