Mark Sanchez’s Jets West camp convened again, but apparently without the competition for his starting job.
According to Kristian Dyer of Metro New York, rookie quarterback Geno Smith wasn’t there as players were gathering Wednesday night, and none of those asked knew if he was coming.
Sanchez invited the second-round pick to his annual gathering of quarterbacks and receivers in California, which caused a minor stir at Jets minicamp when Smith didn’t know what the questions referred to and initially answered “no comment.”
It’s hard to nail down whether it’s good or bad that Smith’s absent — if he remains absent. Because it’s the Jets, awkwardness would ensue either way, and there’s probably no getting around that.
If he shows, some would perceive him as trying to horn in on Sanchez’s job.
If he doesn’t show, some would perceive him as aloof.
Sanchez has taken a confident approach, which is the right one for him. And for the moment, it seems Smith is taking the respectful quiet rookie approach.