Jets Quarterback Battle Continues Despite Smith’s Ankle Injury

Geno Smith’s ankle was a potential issue after it gave way during the Jets first preseason game. Mark Sanchez could have taken advantage of this injury and grabbed the lead in the quarterback battle, but this didn’t happen.

Head coach Rex Ryan announced that the quarterback competition is still underway, and has yet to announce the starter for the upcoming 2nd preseason game against the Jaguars on Saturday. Many inside sources report that the competition seems to be fairly even.

Going back to the Jets 1st preseason game against the Lions, both quarterbacks had good and bad moments. Sanchez threw a wild pass that turned into a pick six and then almost threw another one just a few minutes later. Sanchez finished the night going 10 of 12 for 125 yards and a touchdown.

Geno Smith looked solid connecting on 6 of 7 passes for 42 yards, but was not able to find the end zone. He was forced out in the 3rd quarter due to a “mild” ankle sprain. Smith says he could have kept playing had it been the regular season.

Smith, the Jets second round pick out of West Virginia, reported to practice Tuesday and was practicing with the first team. His ankle was still wrapped up, but there were reports that he was able to make a solid scramble play and looked almost 100%.

When discussing the ankle situation Smith said, “You can’t miss a day of practice…I pride myself on being out there at all times and one little ankle injury wasn’t going to keep me from practicing and competing with my teammates.”


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