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Jets rookie QB Geno Smith's performance was inconsistent this spring.  But OC Marty Mornhinweg insists he's "way ahead of the pace of a normal rookie."  Mornhinweg believes Smith's athleticism will allow him to make an impact early on, even if his mechanics need work.  "Guys that are quite skilled sometimes get away with some mechanical (flaws) in a game," Mornhinweg explained. "They're just so good athletically that they get away with them for a period of time and then they get better and better and better and better... Geno is an excellent athlete. He's really progressed at a high level. He's done this fast and it's because he put in the hard work both on and off the field in preparation."  Mornhinweg added that it's "up to Geno" whether he wins the Week 1 starting job.  For our take on the situation, check out our AFC Training Camp Battles.

Insider Rich Cimini revealed that the Jets are considering using Geno Smith as a "change-of-pace" QB.  "Smith would have a package of plays, mainly read-option runs that could exploit his speed," Cimini explains.  Sounds like an awful idea to us.  The plan would prevent either Smith or Mark Sanchez from getting into any kind of rhythm.  And Smith isn't an elite running QB anyway.  We'll see if the Jets continue to toy with the idea in training camp and preseason.  Regardless, this remains a situation to avoid in redraft fantasy leagues.

Jets rookie QB Geno Smith is having trouble adjusting to the team's West Coast offense.  QBs coach David Lee notes that there are "no similarities whatsoever" between the Jets' offense and the spread attack Smith piloted at West Virginia.  "He came from a system that primarily was in a shotgun system," HC Rex Ryan added.  "His steps -- dropbacks -- his mechanics footwork wise weren't dialed in the way they'll have to be at this level. I think some of that is your five and seven step drops, it's all new to him."  Ryan admits that Smith isn't ready to play right now, but that shouldn't come as a surprise.  We'll see how much progress he makes between now and September.  We're still expecting Smith to start more games than Mark Sanchez this season.

According to HC Rex Ryan, the Jets still lack a frontrunner for the starting QB job. New OC Marty Mornhinweg would like to get his offense situated, but he can't until Mark Sanchez or Geno Smith settles in as the #1 guy. Ryan is taking his time making that decision. "I don't think we're close to that right now," he said. "Until we feel 100% comfortable with that decision we'll just leave it to competition." Sanchez and Smith have been splitting 1st-team reps thus far. Smith has the better fantasy upside, but it's  a situation we're avoiding at the outset in 2013.

Jets QB Mark Sanchez tossed 3 INTs in Wednesday's practice.  HC Rex Ryan called it a "disappointing" and "unacceptable" performance.  “This is OTAs and things, but yeah, that’s going to be the pressure that we’re putting on him,” Ryan said. “He did a lot of great things. It’s not that you try to cover up the fact you had some bad plays -- no, no, no you flat tell him. We can’t have these and all that type of stuff. He knows.”  Sanchez tried to brush it off.   "A couple of those throws I want back," he said. "But I was just trying to make a play, that's one of those things where I should pull the ball down and run or something. I'm shaking the rust off a little bit, getting back into the swing of things, especially with a lot of young guys."  It's obviously early, but this isn't the start Sanchez wanted after throwing 18 INTs in each of the last 2 years.  For what it's worth, rookie Geno Smith tossed 1 pick on Wednesday.  The Jets passing game is gonna be ugly in 2013, regardless of who's under center.

Jets insider Brian Costello says "it’s beginning to look more and more like the starting job is [Geno Smith's] to lose."  Costello says the organization is "smitten" with Smith and that "there is a sense around the Jets that they want Smith to win this thing."  The West Virginia product had a good showing on the field at rookie minicamp.  He also held team meetings at the hotel to go over the playbook.  Costello believes the Jets would like to go with Smith and David Garrard as their top-2 QBs, while trading or releasing Mark Sanchez sometime in August or early-September.  We'll be avoiding the situation in fantasy football regardless.

Jets owner Woody Johnson says QB Mark Sanchez will remain on the roster into training camp.  The plan is to have Sanchez, Geno Smith and David Garrard duke it out in camp and preseason action.  Theoretically, the best player will win the starting job, although Sanchez's salary and Smith's draft status give them a significant edge over Garrard.  We still wouldn't be surprised if Sanchez is cut prior to Week 1.  This remains a situation to stay far, far away from in fantasy drafts.

The Jets are saying they won't rush rookie QB Geno Smith into the starting job.  "We don't feel like there's any pressure to get him in there right away, especially with the cast of quarterbacks we have in the competition," GM John Idzik said, presumably with a straight face.  Smith's stiffest competition will come from Mark Sanchez, who sports a career 55% completion rate and has turned it over a league-high 52 times over the past 2 seasons. Of course, Sanchez and his $8.25 million 2013 salary are in danger of getting cut.  In that case, David Garrard and Greg McElroy would be Smith's competition.  Our money is on the rookie being under center come Week 1.  He won't be a fantasy option, though.

The Jets finally ended QB Geno Smith's agonizing green-room wait.  They grabbed him with the 7th pick of Round 2, likely ensuring that QB Mark Sanchez won't last into 2014.  Smith comes with plenty of flaws -- which is why he went in Round 2.  But he brings intriguing athleticism and plenty of arm strength.  Perhaps most important, he tallied just 20 total INTs over 3 years as a starter.  Sanchez flung 18 each of the past 2 seasons.  Smith might not be ready to start right away but should be able to claim the job by next season.  Then again, Sanchez, David Garrard, Tim Tebow and Greg McElroy might have trouble being ready to start this fall, too.

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