Practice report: Busy day for Sanchez

August, 13, 2013
8/13/13
3:35
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CORTLAND, N.Y. -- The Jets' quarterback rotation is a bit out of whack. Mark Sanchez took the majority of the first-team reps for the second straight day, fueling speculation that he could start Saturday night against the Jaguars.

Rookie Geno Smith worked with the starters on Sunday, despite a sprained ankle, but his reps have diminished over the last two days. Rex Ryan has provided no clarity with regard to the rotation or his plans for Saturday night.

On Tuesday, there weren't too many live periods, as the Jets focused on installation. As a result, the quarterbacks didn't have many opportunities. Sanchez was 2-for-4 (one drop), with a sack and a TD pass. On a second down from the 8, he threaded a nice pass to Jeremy Kerley for a touchdown. An excited Sanchez ran over and celebrated with Kerley, who had an earlier drop, as if it were an actual game. Disclaimer: It came against the backup defense.

Smith (4-for-8) was put in the same situation and, facing the first-team defense, he misfired on three straight passes. The first should've been intercepted by LB Demario Davis. On the last incompletion, a fourth-down pass, Smith caught some grief from OC Marty Mornhinweg.

Smith's best moment occurred in the previous period, a fourth-and-2 play in which he was flushed to the right and found TE Konrad Reuland for a first down.

ELLIS, MALONE BANGED UP: NT Kenrick Ellis missed practice with what Rex Ryan called "a little issue" with his back. Ellis was hurt in the weight room, according to Ryan. P Robert Malone didn't practice with an undisclosed injury. He was seen pointing to his back during a conversation with GM John Idzik as he walked off the practice field.

ATTENDANCE REPORT: RB Joe McKnight (head), WR Clyde Gates (head), TE Kellen Winslow (rest) and WR Braylon Edwards (rest) didn't practice. No surprise that McKnight didn't practice, considering his issues Monday before and during practice. CB Antonio Cromartie (elbow) practiced fully after a scare on Monday. QB Greg McElroy, who aggravated an ankle injury on Monday, was limited to scout-team reps. He also was wearing a brace on his left knee. He downplayed both injuries. WR Titus Ryan (hamstring) returned to practice after a long layoff.

ODDS AND ENDS: Bad drop for WR Stephen Hill, open in the end zone. ... RB Chris Ivory, back from a hamstring injury, looked good for the second straight day. He's not just a power runner, he has good vision as well. ... Rookie FB Tommy Bohanon is a physical blocker, not afraid to mix it up. He has a chance to unseat Lex Hilliard. ... LB Jacquies Smith recorded a sack. ... LB Antwan Barnes is fun to watch in pass-rushing drills. If he gets an edge, he has the speed to get to the quarterback. ... They closed practice with a mini-scrimmage -- third-team offense versus third-team defense with live tackling. It's a good watch because these are the players fighting for their professional lives. The session ended on a big play, with QB Matt Simms hitting WR K.J. Stroud for a 60-yard TD -- terrific running after the catch by the rookie.

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter

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