The New York Jets quarterback competition is one of the most intriguing in the NFL during training camp and it looks like the team could finally be turning the page on the Mark Sanchez era. Rookie signal-caller Geno Smith has been looking like the superior quarterback during practices and, while head coach Rex Ryan has yet to name a starter, the growing belief is that Smith will take over for week one of the season.
Sanchez has been outplayed in recent practices by Smith, but he has the edge in experience. Therefore, the quarterback competition is practically a dead heat after one week of camp. Nothing will be decided in the scrimmage, as Rex Ryan noted. But Smith still viewed it as a chance to state his case.
Smith has yet to throw an interception in team drills, covering eight practices. That’s impressive for any quarterback, let alone a rookie. But at the same time, he continued to take too many “sacks.”
Unfortunately for Mark Sanchez, his turnovers have continued.
The one thing that Smith is going to need to improve, however, is the speed at which he plays the game.
It once looked like Sanchez’s job to lose, and he is in the process of doing just that.