Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Practice report: Oh, no, Geno
By Rich Cimini
CORTLAND, N.Y. -- It was a rough day for Geno Smith.
As expected, Smith took the majority of the first-team reps Wednesday, but the rookie quarterback was out of sorts, throwing three interceptions in team drills and another in 7-on-7. A few other passes were knocked down by defensive backs.
Both Smith and Mark Sanchez faced the scout-team defense, so this wasn't your typical starters-versus-starters situation. As a result, the intensity level was down. Nevertheless, Smith struggled with his accuracy and made a couple of bad decisions. He was picked off by Royce Adams, Jacquies Smith and Bret Lockett in team drills. Rontez Miles made an interception in 7-on-7, grabbing a pass that went off the hands of WR Ryan Spadola.
Smith didn't seem affected by his tender ankle. His worst moment came at the end of a two-minute drill, when he was intercepted in the red zone by Lockett. Unofficially, Smith was 10-for-21.
It was a workmanlike day for Sanchez, who completed seven of 11 passes with no interceptions.
Rex Ryan still hasn't named his starter for Saturday night against the Jaguars. He might wait until Friday. Sanchez appears to have created separation in the QB competition, based on the last week to 10 days, but Smith still hasn't received a prime opportunity in a game. It would make sense to start him this week, but Ryan has been playing it coy.
ATTENDANCE REPORT: RB Joe McKnight (head), NT Kenrick Ellis (back), LB Josh Mauga (back) and P Robert Malone (back) didn't practice. McKnight didn't make an appearance on the field until the end of practice . ... TE Kellen Winslow didn't practice. His wife is having a baby. ... WR Clyde Gates (head) returned on a limited basis. He wore a red jersey, per league protocol on head injuries.
LITTLE MAC: Third-string QB Greg McElroy, apparently still bothered by an ankle injury, was limited to only scout-team work. Matt Simms was the No. 3 in team-related drills. McElroy probably has showed enough to nail down the No. 3 job, but his status for Saturday night remains uncertain.
O-LINE SCHUFFLE: The Jets did a lot of rotating of personnel on the offensive line. LG Vladimir Ducasse, LT J.B. Shugarts and recently signed C Erik Cook got a few reps with the first team. Ducasse also worked a bit at right guard. Obviously, they're still in the evaluation stage, trying to figure out the sixth, seventh and eighth spots on the depth chart. Rookie Brian Winters hasn't been able to compete for a starting job because of an ankle injury, so it looks like Stephen Peterman will emerge as the starting left guard.
ODDS AND ENDS: Braylon Edwards, battling for a roster spot, had a nice practice. He caught a 30-yard touchdown pass from Sanchez. ... RB Chris Ivory, coming off his hamstring troubles, made it through his third straight practice without incident. ... WR Ben Obomanu had a drop.
ADIOS, CORTLAND: This was the final open practice in Cortland. The team will practice Thursday and break camp, moving the operation back to Florham Park, N.J.