Despite sitting, Smith still in QB race

August, 18, 2013
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Geno Smith, his ankle "as close to 100 percent as it’s been this week," said although he was inactive for the second Jets preseason game, the team has told him he hasn't lost the starting job race -- not yet, at least.

"I was told the competition is still open," Smith said.

Smith injured the ankle a week ago against Detroit. He practiced Sunday when the Jets returned to Cortland, N.Y., for training camp but didn’t practice particularly well. Things only got worse Wednesday, when, after a three-INT outing, head coach Rex Ryan voiced his frustration over Smith’s "brutal" day.

Smith said he didn’t have a reaction to Ryan’s comments and didn’t think the Jets' management of his ankle injury had hurt his chances in the quarterback competition.

"I wanted to be out there in practice," Smith said. "I wouldn’t allow them to keep me out of practice."

Ryan did officially extend the quarterback competition despite initially wanting to have it settled by the third preseason game. But the Jets coach said he wasn’t ready to put Smith in a live-tackling situation against Jacksonville.

There is still the possibility that Smith starts against the Giants. Mark Sanchez has thrown two interceptions in the first two preseason games, an issue the Jets had hoped the fifth-year starter had fixed in the offseason. Smith maintains that he wants the job.

"Any chance I get to complete, I'm going to take full advantage of it," Smith said.
Jane McManus has covered New York sports since 1998 and began covering football just before Brett Favre's stint with the Jets. Her work has appeared in Newsday, USA Today, The Journal News and The New York Times. Follow Jane on Twitter.

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