Sanchez vs. Smith’s Quarterback Battle Heats-up Despite Smith’s Sore Ankle
The battle for the starting position has just started, and after Friday’s 26-17 loss to the Detroit Lions, Jets’ rookie quarterback Geno Smith will need a second chance to prove his team he’s in full form and ready for the gig. As it’s been reported by ESPN.com, Smith suffered a mild ankle sprain in the preseason game, fortunately for the team, the young quarterback was clear to join a team practice on Sunday.
Smith was visibly sore and far from his best game during the weekend’s practice, but his team coaching staff decided to keep him in their practice rotation prior to their second game of the 2013 NFL Pre-season. If Smiuths recovers on time, he’ll have a great chance to show what he’s capable of, after all, everything points the Jets will have an easy night against Jacksonville. According to the latest NFL odds, the Jets are -2 point favorite at home in a Saturday night match against the visiting Jacksonville Jaguars, so the general consensus is that winning should be a problem for them.
The preseason opener was far from great for the both quarterbacks. Mark Sanchez, who played three series, going 10 of 13 for 125 yards and a touchdown, had an interception returned for a touchdown. Smith was 6 of 7 for 47 yards but was forced to leave the game shortly after halftime.
While this was a discrete NFL debut for Smith, he received a positive review from Jets’ Coach Rex Ryan. The only words of criticism regarding what he saw on the field was that Smith still need to watch the ball and keep two hands on the ball while moving in the pocket.
Ryan refused to make any comments about the possible candidate for next game starter. Sanchez started the preseason opener, which leads many to assume Smith will be called to start in the second game.
“There could be some factors that change things. I’m not going to get into the specifics, but obviously there could be some factors that change the original thought. We’ll see as we get closer.” Ryan said to the media.
The competition for the starting job is still open, and any of the two candidates could get the call. Now, if Geno continues showing signs that he’s not fully recovered, the Jets might try to keep him sidelined for at least a few games, , in which case Sanchez would have an extra chance to convince Ryan and the rest of the coaching team that he’s the right man for this job.