The last time we checked in on Rex Ryan’s assessment of Geno Smith’s performance at practice, the Jets’ coach was calling his rookie quarterback “brutal.” This time, Ryan has a much kinder assessment.
Asked how Smith practiced on Wednesday, Ryan answered, “It wasn’t brutal, that’s for sure.”
Ryan then elaborated that Smith had an excellent practice, and that many of Smith’s practices have been very strong.
“That was a great day. I don’t know if that was his best day, because he’s had a lot of good ones, but he had a great one today,” Ryan said.
For his part, Smith said he thinks he’s getting better every day, but that Wednesday’s practice wasn’t necessarily better than any other.
“I wouldn’t say it was my best day. I think, like I said, overall every single day I’ve been getting better. Whether it’s been a good day or a bad day, it’s about progression,” Smith said.
Although Smith says the ankle he injured in the Jets’ first preseason game is still not 100 percent healed, he is expected to start the third preseason game, Saturday against the Giants.