- James Walker, ESPN Staff Writer
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By most accounts, quarterback Geno Smith had a solid first series of practices during the New York Jets’ rookie minicamp over the weekend. The second-round draft pick came to the Big Apple with a lot of fanfare and some controversy. But Smith showed on the field why the Jets made him the second quarterback taken off the board in this year’s draft.
According to the New York Post, Smith was so impressive that he now has the lead in the Jets’ quarterback race. The report indicates that New York is now “in love” with the rookie and wants Smith to start in Week 1.
"The Jets’ decision-makers are in love,” Post reporter Brian Costello writes. "You can tell from talking to people around the team during this weekend’s rookie minicamp that many in the organization are smitten with new quarterback Geno Smith. It’s beginning to look more and more like the starting job is his to lose."
My response: The Jets need to pump the brakes.
No rookie quarterback should take the lead in any competition throwing against other rookies for one weekend in shorts. If that is what’s going on in New York, then Jets head coach Rex Ryan and veteran offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg need to re-evaluate how they’re going about this quarterback competition.
Smith remains in competition with incumbent starter Mark Sanchez, veteran David Garrard, Greg McElroy and Matt Simms. Smith deserves credit for blocking out criticism and having a good weekend at rookie minicamp. But the Jets' coaching staff should have no preconceived notions beyond that at this stage. It's way too early.