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Round 1 of Jets QB Battle? Call It a Draw

Posted by Randy Lange on July 26, 2013 – 5:07 pm

The battle began this morning with Mark Sanchez and Geno Smith trading throws.

In position drills, Sanchez hit a pass down the left sideline, Smith on the next play did the same down the right sideline.

In 7-on-7′s, Mark found Clyde Gates deep for a leaping fingertip grab, with Gates bouncing up quickly and darting into the end zone. Geno counters with an over-the-shoulder dropdown for Stephen Hill.

Sanchez distributed nicely in 11-on-11′s, but with one deep overthrow. Smith countered with accurate darts in traffic to Kellen Winslow and Gates again but missed some other shorter targets.

The competition after day one of SUNY Cortland camp? If this were the first round of a prizefight, probably 10-10. A draw.

“I thought I did well,” Sanchez said. “I wasn’t able to watch the film but I felt sharp, I felt accurate. I felt good with my checks, the checks we needed to make. We executed well and had some great positive plays. We got some completions and did well.”

“I felt pretty good. I think things went smoothly,” Smith said. “On my behalf there were some good plays and some plays I can learn from, but overall I think we had a really good practice.”

We won’t give you a daily scorecard on the QBs but we’ll report on the developments each day. And Winslow had a good bit of advice for those trying to score this king of all Jets position competitions at home:

Nobody’s the frontrunner. We may have ones, we may have twos, we may have threes. But guys go down and guys have to step up. It’s just about competition right now and it’s only day one.

Tough Transactions

CB Aaron Berry won’t be able to carve himself a piece of turf in the Jets secondary this season. He went down with what has been diagnosed as a season-ending knee injury during practice. … The RB position was in a sort of equilibrium. Joe McKnight was taken off the Non-Football Injury list today one day after he was placed on it and participated in practice. But Chris Ivory was on the bike with muscle soreness that he said he suffered right before the start of camp. Head coach Rex Ryan had no new info on RB Mike Goodson, placed on Reserve–Did Not Report on Thursday. RB John Griffin had at least one sharp play, a screen pass that he turned upfield for a long gainer, and FB Lex Hilliard got some leather time as well. … Attendance for the first practice of camp: 760.


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8 Responses to “Round 1 of Jets QB Battle? Call It a Draw”

  1. By wayne on Jul 26, 2013 | Reply

    The battle betw Smith and Sanchez is something I had hoped to see long ago. Believe Sanchez would be a much better QB today had he been forced to earn his job. Nothing wrong with 2 good QBs…..Long since given up on McKnight. When I learned that this kids with an oppty to distinguish himself,last year, by coming in bigger and fitter, chose to gain weight by eating more Mickey Dees, I was done. He is what he is going to be as an NFL player. Nothing more….Lisfranc ends careers so anyone expecting anything from Holmes is living another pipedream….Similar to expects 6,7,8,9, or 10 wins.

  2. By Vinicius on Jul 26, 2013 | Reply

    Nothing agains’t the person, but Sanches had his opportunity as a starter for too long, I’d rather see a new QB that can change the actual scenario than watch the same offense of last season.

  3. By SCfromNY on Jul 26, 2013 | Reply

    If you can call a QB duel even when on the first day of camp the 4 year starter should be way ahead. However it is not OTAs any longer and I hope to see Sanchez with a cap and clipboard this year.

    Braylon was the first step. Now it is time to keep an eye out for cuts. Holmes will not be ready and when he is ready, if at all, the season will probably be half over. Good to see Hill CATCH a pass and hope to see a Smith Hill combo succeed.

  4. By IRA on Jul 26, 2013 | Reply

    I have been telling you guys Gates can play if he can stay on the field. I thought WIinslow besides the fumble ran well and Cumberland made a nice catch and run too.
    I thought Griffin last summer showed something he just never got a chance. Now with Goodson up in the air Griffin cold get his shot. Powell had a good day today.
    Coples showed a much better work effort today than I saw all last summer. He looks mean and fast. Same could be said for Davis. Overall for day one in shells besides the Berry injury I thought it was a good and productive day.
    GO JETS!!!!

  5. By IRA on Jul 27, 2013 | Reply

    Wayne,
    If they play the type of D I expect them to play,run the ball well and not turn the ball over the way they did the past two years there is no reason to think they can’t win 6-8 games. Lets just wait and see how this all plays out.
    GO JETS!!!!

  6. By wayne on Jul 27, 2013 | Reply

    Ira, we’ll HAVE to wait and see……..Hope springs eternal and I know that feeling. I know it. I just don’t have it anymore. I hope your optimism is justified……From what I’ve read so far, grant it, boys and girls it’s just the first day of camp against teammates, MS has looked sharp. Usually the D has the early edge. 2 QBs coming out to TRULY compete has resulted in the O having early success. ALL GOOD……………………….I believe the Geno Smith pick is going to be a steal……………..Even if he’s rumored to lack maturity….Big , athletic, strong-armed, intelligent, articulate, and the stage does not appear too big for him…..I believe the young man also secured his degree…..Nothing against MS.

  7. By Jet fan Frank 1864 on Jul 27, 2013 | Reply

    Looking at some of the clipping from yesterday on the QB dual, Geno was much more mobile and quicker then MS. Geno missed a couple of short passes where MS missed long passes. I will say this MS looked better in practice with the exception of Geno’s speed and release.

  8. By shelbyblue on Jul 28, 2013 | Reply

    Everyone fails to realize that if it’s even then Sanchez looses. How can a rookie look anywhere as impressive as a guy who has been here, knows his o-line and receivers. I just hope all WR’s get through camp healthy, and as for Holmes with that lis franc injury, from all I have read on it he’s done and probably was before the injury.

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