Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/31/13
Rookie Geno Smith has outplayed Mark Sanchez through the first week of training camp pulling even or perhaps ahead in the New York Jets' quarterback competition. "He can do more" than Sanchez one veteran said Wednesday speaking on the condition of anonymity. It was Sanchez's turn to lead the starting unit and he struggled throwing an interception for the second straight practice. Smith has yet to throw an interception in team drills over the first five practices. It's premature to anoint a starter -- after all they haven't begun live tackling -- but the early development is noteworthy because people close to the team expected Sanchez based on his experience to look sharper than Smith at the outset. That hasn't been the case. "Everybody gets enamored with the guy who throws a 96 mph fastball" Ryan said of Smith. To be politically correct Ryan quickly added "But Mark certainly has a good enough arm to play in this league." It didn't sound like a ringing endorsement. Sanchez declined to say whether he believes he's leading the competition. "I don't know ask the coaches" he said. "I feel good though. I feel confident. I feel like I'm playing really well." Smith has sparkled with his accuracy but he tends to hold the ball too long when facing pressure according to Ryan. That he said "concerns me a little bit." The organization knows what it has in Sanchez who was benched late last season. Privately the hope is that Smith can master the offense and seize the starting job. Even if he doesn't win it Smith will be involved in the offense. Even though Tim Tebow is gone Ryan said he remains committed to running the ball from the quarterback position. He's intrigued by Smith's running ability which would give them a run-pass option at the quarterback position. Ryan acknowledged the plan admitting last year's strategy under former coordinator Tony Sparano was ill-conceived. They never trusted Tebow to throw the ball. Whenever they used him it usually was a read-option running play between the tackles.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Ray Lewis kneeled with Ravens during national anthem

Dolphins players wear shirts supporting Colin Kaepernick

Joe Flacco replaced by Ryan Mallett during blowout

WATCH: Jaguars savagely run fake punt up 37-0

Steelers to protest national anthem by remaining in locker room

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Darrelle Revis reportedly still wants to play; Chargers have interest

Jeremy Maclin in concussion protocol after leaving Week 3 game

WATCH: A.J. Bouye picks off Joe Flacco

Ben McAdoo reportedly will continue calling plays for Giants

Report: Bears RB Jordan Howard playing with sprained AC joint

WATCH: Marcedes Lewis catches first TD in a full calendar year

Sports & Politics Intersect: Mayor Garcetti rolls back the NFL red carpet

The 'Greatest Show temporarily not on turf' quiz

Separating MLS playoff contenders from pretenders

WNBA Finals preview: Lynx look for revenge against Sparks

The 'Chris Sale joins an elite club' quiz

Three Up, Three Down: The home runs just keep on coming

Building on the NFL's positive changes beyond 2017

NFL Week 3 predictions

The 'MLB is as powerful as ever' quiz

After a decade in the WNBA, MVP Sylvia Fowles is ready for the spotlight

College football 2017 Week 4 predictions

10 teams that can unseat the Warriors in 2018

Jets News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Sports & Politics Intersect: Mayor Garcetti rolls back the NFL red carpet

The 'Greatest Show temporarily not on turf' quiz

Separating MLS playoff contenders from pretenders

WNBA Finals preview: Lynx look for revenge against Sparks

Three Up, Three Down: The home runs just keep on coming

The 'Chris Sale joins an elite club' quiz

Building on the NFL's positive changes beyond 2017

NFL Week 3 predictions

After a decade in the WNBA, MVP Sylvia Fowles is ready for the spotlight

The 'MLB is as powerful as ever' quiz

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker