FLORHAM PARK, NJ -- Sure, it was just a preseason practice, but Geno Smith had one of his best days as a Jet on Wednesday.
Smith went 15-for-16 in 11-on-11 drills with two touchdowns on Wednesday.
"It wasn't brutal that's for sure," Rex Ryan said in reference to Smith's performance. "That was a great day; I don't know if that was his best day because he's had a lot of good ones but he had a great one today."
The use of "brutal" by Ryan was a reference to his assessment of Smith last week, when the rookie threw three picks in practice.
On Wednesday, Smith seemed to be in total command on the field. He threw one touchdown against the third team defense but also had success against the first-team D. He found Jeremy Kerley on a slant down the middle in which Kerley made a great grab. He also hit Stephen Hill near the goal line for a touchdown, though Hill was shaken up on the play by a strong hit from Antonio Cromartie.
Mark Sanchez looked good on Wednesday as well, completing 10 of 14 passes and a touchdown. He also took three sacks though.
Ryan declined to name a starter for Saturday's preseason game. But since Smith has played with the first unit for the past three days, Sanchez believes that Smith will get the start against the Giants.
Sanchez, though, made some strong throws on Wednesday as well, finding Ben Obomanu for a big gain and Zack Rodgers for a 15-yard touchdown strike in traffic.
CORNERING THE MARKET: Wednesday was also a strong day for a few members of the Jets secondary.
In addition to his questionable hit on Hill, Cromartie had two strong pass breakups, including one on a wobbly thrown ball from Matt Simms to Michael Campbell. Cromartie met Campbell in the air and batted the ball away. Campbell seemed to land awkwardly. He got up slowly, but on his own power.
ATTENDANCE REPORT: Kenrick Ellis (back) did not practice and said he did not expect to play on Saturday. He hopes to play in the final preseason game and is confident that he'll be ready by Week 1. CB Dee Milliner (calf) did not practice. Neither did Braylon Edwards, though the absence is apparently part of his practice schedule, according to Ryan. Also, C Dalton Freeman (ankle) sat out.
HEY, WOODY: Jets owner Woody Johnson made an appearance at practice on Wednesday. It was the final practice open to the public. Johnson, in his signature white Jets hat, spent some time chatting with fans at the end of practice.
NEED BADGES? Before Geno Smith began his interview with reporters Wednesday, Mark Sanchez tossed him a card and laughed.
Sanchez wouldn't tell reporters what was on the card, calling it a "full-time locker-room joke."
We're not 100 percent positive by any means, but we think that the card was a "Media Bridge" card, which was given out to the team by its PR staff.
ODDS AND ENDS: Vladimir Ducasse was with the first team at left guard for the second straight day and Ryan was very complimentary of the lineman. ... Bilal Powell was used in the Wildcat formation on at least two snaps. ... Joe McKnight had a drop but practiced in pads for the second straight day. ... Junior Aumavae and Stephen Peterman got in a brief shoving match but it was quickly broken up. ... Hayden Smith made a drop on a Matt Sims pass but Simms connnected with Hill on a great TD catch over Mike Edwards to end practice.