Geno Smith won’t play on Saturday night

AP

The ankle injury suffered by quarterback Geno Smith in the Jets’ preseason opener opened the door for Mark Sanchez to start against the Jaguars on Saturday night and it has closed the door on Smith playing at all.

The Jets announced that Smith will not play at all in the team’s second preseason game, leaving a big opportunity for Sanchez to convince the coaching staff that he should remain the team’s starting quarterback for a fifth season. It’s not a particularly surprising decision by the Jets since there wasn’t much point in playing Smith if they weren’t prepared to let him start the game and keep things at least superficially even with Sanchez.

Coach Rex Ryan said this week when announcing that Sanchez would start that the “competition is not complete,” but it could move closer to that point if Sanchez performs well against Jacksonville. He played better than Smith in the opener against the Lions, even with one of his trademark interceptions that Ziggy Ansah returned for a touchdown, and reports from practice this week had him playing better than Smith.

Smith’s ankle injury surely contributed to his poor play in practice and it will be interesting to see if the Jets give him a chance to make up for lost time against the Giants in a third preseason game that’s usually a dress rehearsal for Week One.

18 responses to “Geno Smith won’t play on Saturday night

  1. I know this is overstating the obvious, but Jets management are idiots. Why let the guy practice all week to bench him for the weekend?
    Not even trying to be a hater, but these people are really stupid!!

  2. Rex doesn’t watch the offense, he won’t even know Gino didn’t play until he sees the film…

  3. @ mackcarrington

    When quarterbacks are at practice ,they wear a different color jersey .which means that they are protected. Since Geno is a rookie and needs all the reps possible ,he might as well go ahead and get them. It was also said that the trainers gave the go ahead that Geno can practice. When Quarterbacks are in a game against different teams , they do not wear the “off limits jerseys”. Therefore they cannot be protected and the organization has to sometimes protect a player from himself. Ask RG3 he’ll tell you all about it.

  4. ozymandias121 says:Aug 17, 2013 5:45 PM

    Bust. Geno and RG3 are softer than Charmin.
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    You seem to know as much about football as nuclear physics.

    You do know about toilet paper.

  5. mackcarrington says:
    Aug 17, 2013 5:48 PM
    I know this is overstating the obvious, but Jets management are idiots. Why let the guy practice all week to bench him for the weekend?
    Not even trying to be a hater, but these people are really stupid!!

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    You can’t be serious? Quarterbacks don’t get touched in practice. You might get cut if you are in a 5 yard radius of a qb. The Jags will be trying to hit him every snap.

  6. Our QB’s aren’t anything to write home about, but they’re tough (had to be with our O line. lol.)
    and didn’t invent a new kind of fumble.

  7. Maybe the ankle really is bad.
    Or maybe, he’s pulling the Rodney Dangerfield excuse from Caddyshack.
    “OOOHHH, my arm!! ERrr… I mean, ankle.”

  8. @peantele24 & nyyjetsknicks: I know what you guys are saying, and thanks for the class in “Pro Football 101”.
    But his initial injury wasn’t the result of him being hit. He turned it on his own.

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