Jets QB Geno Smith has outplayed Mark Sanchez through the first week of training camp, pulling even or perhaps ahead in the New York Jets' quarterback competition.
"He can do more" than Sanchez, one veteran said Wednesday, speaking on the condition of anonymity.
Smith has sparkled with his accuracy, but he tends to hold the ball too long when facing pressure, according to Ryan. That, he said, "concerns me a little bit." The organization knows what it has in Sanchez, who was benched late last season.
Privately, the hope is that Smith can master the offense and seize the starting job. Even if he doesn't win it, Smith will be involved in the offense. Even though Tim Tebow is gone, Ryan said he remains committed to running the ball from the quarterback position.
If this is a close call, expect Smith to start as the Jets have nothing to gain by continuing to start Sanchez unless he's obviously the better option.