2015 DRAFT GUIDE
Jets' Sanchez, Smith feeling good about QB battle

By DENNIS WASZAK Jr. - AP Sports Writer
    2013-08-02 16:36

CORTLAND, N.Y. (AP) - Mark Sanchez isn't keeping any stats on how he and Geno Smith are performing in training camp.

He'll leave the play-by-play and tale of the tape to everyone else. Sanchez insists he's focused only on his own progress, and so far, likes what he's doing for the New York Jets in training camp.

``I'm not going to speak for Geno or the coaches, but, I'll speak for myself,'' Sanchez said Friday. ``I feel like I'm having a great camp. My arm feels good, my legs feel good, I feel strong, I feel accurate. I feel like I'm in command.

``So I've just got to keep playing.''

Sanchez, entering his fifth season, is in a tightly contested competition with Smith, who has certainly held his own through the first seven practices at SUNY Cortland.

It's making for a tough decision by Rex Ryan and his staff - but there's still plenty of time for either Sanchez or Smith to pull ahead.

``It's up to the coaches,'' Smith said, echoing Sanchez's comments. ``I just evaluate myself and I don't worry about that other stuff. I feel like at this point, I'm at least close to where I should be.

``Am I perfect? No. But am I making good strides? Yes. As long as I stay on that track, I'll be fine.''

Both Sanchez and Smith had solid practices Friday in their few opportunities to pass in a run-heavy session. Each threw a touchdown pass during goal-line situations - the Jets' first practice this summer that included tackling.

The two quarterbacks will be the main attraction Saturday night during the team's scrimmage, which includes game-like situations. Smith believes the level of competition will be raised, and not just at the quarterback spot.

``You want to be the guy where when you go back and watch tape,'' he said, ``the coaches are praising you and saying, `Hey, this is the type of guy we need here. This is the type of guy who has given the maximum amount of effort and is always doing the right things.' Every single guy is going to have that in the back of their minds.''

Sanchez and Smith won't exactly be going against each other on the field Saturday. Ryan indicated they both will likely get time with the first-team offense, although the coach hadn't yet gone over the setup for the scrimmage with offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg.

Several times, Sanchez has compared this summer to his first in the NFL in 2009. That's when he competed with Kellen Clemens for the starting job, and won it a few days before the third game of the preseason.

``You take each season individually, each camp as its own entity, really,'' Sanchez said. ``I think this year, we're on pace for something special, hopefully, as a group. This next measuring stick really is the scrimmage.''

The two have alternated leading the starting offense every third practice in camp, and Sanchez insists he isn't putting extra pressure on himself by comparing his performance to what Smith is doing while he's on the field.

``Like the short-yardage drill, I'm not worried about, `OK, Geno converted this many short-yardage plays,''' he said. ``I don't really care about that. I care about, `OK, the group that I'm in with, whether it's 1s or 2s, whatever, are we wining that drill? Is my group winning that drill?'

``That's all I can control because then you get into rooting for one side or the other. You don't want to do that. It takes up too much time. There are too much mental gymnastics going on. You have plenty of other stuff in your head.''

Meanwhile, Smith said every day - and every snap - is a test. He looks at the film every night to see what he's done and uses it to improve daily.

``You see what you've done,'' he said, ``and you see if your footwork is excellent because that's pretty much what it's got to be in order for this offense to work.''

That's because Mornhinweg's West Coast-style offense is based on timing and precision, something both Smith and Sanchez are trying to perfect.

``If you don't take the proper drops or don't take the right steps and if you're not on time, then the wide receivers are not going to be the way Marty wants it,'' Smith said. ``It may not always work out the way you want it to. Sometimes you're going to have plays where you're going to have to ad-lib or do things that aren't really in the book, but that's not what you want to do on a day to day basis.''

There has also been an emphasis on ball security, especially since Sanchez led the NFL with 52 turnovers during the last two seasons. So far, Smith has not thrown an interception during team drills, while Sanchez has three.

``If you look at the way the games are shaped and the way that games have been won, they're all close but the turnover margin is something that plays a huge role in games,'' Smith said. ``It's bigger than yardage, bigger than any statistical category. To limit mistakes is something that a quarterback's always got to do. I was always taught it's not always about the plays you make, but the plays that you don't make.

``So, I just try not to put us in poor situations.''

While the scrimmage will give everyone an idea about how the quarterback competition is shaping up, the first true test won't come until next Friday when the Jets play their preseason opener against Detroit.

``I don't think you're going to necessarily separate yourself to say, `Oh, here's the starter,''' Ryan said. ``I think you have to get it in the games. We'll see.''

NOTES: Rookie C Dalton Freeman was injured on the final play of goal-line drills and carted off with what appeared to be a potentially serious leg injury. Ryan had no immediate update. ... RB Chris Ivory (hamstring) didn't practice fully again despite being in full pads. G Stephen Peterman (shoulder) also sat out. DL Sheldon Richardson (root canal) and WR Stephen Hill (illness) returned after sitting out Thursday.

Fantasy Football Player Notes RSS FeedPLAYER NOTES

Jalen SaundersSep 1 09:13a

New Orleans Saints WR Jalen Saunders is being traded to the New England Patriots Tuesday, Sept. 1, for a conditional draft pick, according to a league source.

Caleb SturgisAug 31 11:32p

Miami Dolphins PK Caleb Sturgis remains the front runner in his competition with PK Andrew Franks. Sturgis said he did not have a good early camp, 'but I've been hitting the ball better lately.'

K. ThompkinsAug 31 07:52p

Oakland Raiders WR Kenbrell Thompkins was released Monday, Aug. 31, according to a source.

Trent RichardsonAug 31 07:22p

Oakland Raiders RB Trent Richardson was released Monday, Aug. 31, according to a source.

Josh BoyceAug 31 06:42p

New England Patriots WR Josh Boyce and TE Jimmay Mundine were released Monday, Aug. 31.

E.J. GainesAug 31 05:52p

St. Louis Rams CB E.J. Gaines (foot) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Monday, Aug. 31. WR Damian Williams was subsequently released.

Travis KelceAug 31 05:32p

Kansas City Chiefs TE Travis Kelce (leg) left practice early Monday, Aug. 31, because of a right leg injury. Kelce was able to walk off the field but did not return to practice.

Brad SmelleyAug 31 05:32p

St. Louis Rams WR Tyler Slavin was waived and TE Brad Smelley (undisclosed) was waived/injured Monday, Aug. 31.

Julius ThomasAug 31 04:42p

Jacksonville Jaguars TE Julius Thomas (finger) is expected to need surgery on a tendon in his finger and is expected to be out four to five weeks, according to [ More ]

Garrett HartleyAug 31 04:32p

Pittsburgh Steelers PK Garrett Hartley (hamstring) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Monday, Aug. 31.

Kevin NorwoodAug 31 04:32p

Seattle Seahawks WR Kevin Norwood was traded to the Carolina Panthers in exchange for a conditional draft pick, according to a source.

Martavis BryantAug 31 04:02p

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant's appeal of his suspension has been denied, and he will sit out the first four games of the regular season.

Phil BatesAug 31 03:32p

Dallas Cowboys WR Phil Bates was released Monday, Aug. 31.

Alan BonnerAug 31 03:12p

Houston Texans WRs Alan Bonner and Travis Labhart were released Monday, Aug. 31.

Joique BellAug 31 02:42p

Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell (knee, Achilles') was activated from the Phyiscally Unable to Perform list Monday, Aug. 31.

DeVante ParkerAug 31 01:32p

Miami Dolphins WR DeVante Parker (foot) said he is making progress in his recovery from foot surgery but would not say if he will be ready for the start of the regular season.

Kirk CousinsAug 31 12:52p

Updating an earlier report, Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins will be the starting quarterback moving forward, according to head coach Jay Gruden. Gruden said 'it's Kirk's team.'

Victor CruzAug 31 12:22p

New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (calf, knee) still hasn't received clearance to practice Monday, Aug. 31. Cruz said that the inflammation has gone down and that the team [ More ]

Aldrick RobinsonAug 31 12:02p

Baltimore Ravens WR DeAndre Carter, WR Aldrick Robinson and WR Trent Steelman were cut Monday, Aug. 31.

Tyrod TaylorAug 31 11:42a

Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor was named the starting quarterback Monday, Aug. 31, over QB Matt Cassel an QB EJ Manuel.

Devin FunchessAug 31 11:22a

Carolina Panthers WR Devin Funchess (hamstring) left practice Monday, Aug. 31, with hamstring tightness.

Jeremy StewartAug 31 10:52a

Denver Broncos QB Zac Dysert, TE Joe Don Duncan, TE Jake Murphy and RB Jeremy Stewart were waived Monday, Aug. 31. TE Jeff Heuerman (knee) was placed on Injured Reserve.

Josh ScobeeAug 31 10:42a

Jacksonville Jaguars PK Josh Scobee was acquired by the Pittsburgh Steelers Monday, Aug. 31.

Fred JacksonAug 31 10:42a

Buffalo Bills RB Fred Jackson was released Monday, Aug. 31. He was slated to make $2.35 million this year and wasn't asked to take a pay cut.

Jalen ParmeleAug 31 10:22a

Cleveland Browns RB Jalen Parmele, TE Anthony Ezeakunne and WR Shane Wynn were cut Monday, Aug. 31.

Denarius MooreAug 31 10:12a

Cincinnati Bengals WR Denarius Moore, WR Desmond Lawrence and TE John Peters were cut Monday, Aug. 31.

Kirk CousinsAug 31 09:32a

Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins was named the starting quarterback Monday, Aug. 31, over QB Robert Griffin III, according to a source.

Timothy WrightAug 31 09:32a

Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Tim Wright was acquired by the Detroit Lions Monday, Aug. 31, according to a source.

Ryan BroylesAug 31 09:12a

Detroit Lions WR Ryan Broyles was cut Monday, Aug. 31.

Gerell RobinsonAug 31 08:52a

Miami Dolphins WR LaRon Byrd, WR Kevin Cone, WR Tyler McDonald and TE Gerell Robinson were waived Sunday, Aug. 30.

Kevin ConeAug 31 08:52a

Miami Dolphins WR LaRon Byrd, WR Kevin Cone, WR Tyler McDonald and TE Gerell Robinson were waived Sunday, Aug. 30.

LaRon ByrdAug 31 08:52a

Miami Dolphins WR LaRon Byrd, WR Kevin Cone, WR Tyler McDonald and TE Gerell Robinson were waived Sunday, Aug. 30.

RSS Feeds

NFL News:
 
Player Notes:
 
Forum Posts:
 

© 2015 RealTime Fantasy Sports, Inc.
Email Us  ·  Call Us 636.447.1170  ·  Lost Password
Advertising represented by USA Today Sports Media Group