Practice report: Geno struggles

August, 19, 2013
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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- The Jets may have moved training camp to a new venue for Monday’s practice, but the quarterbacks were beset by the same issues. Mark Sanchez again outplayed Geno Smith, who didn’t seem hampered by the ankle that kept him out of Saturday night’s game against the Jaguars.

Sanchez, playing for the second-team offense, was 7-for-10 passing, with a sack, a drop and a fumbled snap. The bonus about that for Sanchez, at least on Monday, was that he wasn’t throwing the ball to WR Stephen Hill.

Hill had two drops playing with Smith, both on deep, well-thrown balls. But even those drops didn’t account for the 1-for-6 performance, which included a sack and an interception by DeMario Davis. Smith started well enough, but his play went downhill as practice wore on.

Even though Smith’s ankle seemed better, the rookie didn’t advance his case for the starting job in the Jets' quarterback competition, and time is running out. The team had hoped to have a settled starter for the Giants game this Saturday, but has extended the competition.

That extension doesn’t mean much if Smith continues to play like he has when given opportunities with the first-team offense.

COPING WITHOUT COPLES: Quinton Coples will have a medical procedure Tuesday on his injured ankle and will be out indefinitely. He was not at practice, and although Antwan Barnes is technically listed as his backup, Garrett McIntyre was used at outside linebacker in his place.

Also on the defensive line, Kenrick Ellis missed practice, presumably with the back issue he’s been dealing with. Damon Harrison filled in for Ellis.

FIRST ON SECONDARY: Safety Antonio Allen was back with the first-team defense after Jaiquawn Jarrett was tapped to start last Saturday against the Jaguars.

ATTENDANCE REPORT: Ellis and Coples were out, C Dalton Freeman, WR Braylon Edwards and TE Kellen Winslow Jr. rode the stationary bike. Joe McKnight wore a red jersey.
Jane McManus has covered New York sports since 1998 and began covering football just before Brett Favre's stint with the Jets. Her work has appeared in Newsday, USA Today, The Journal News and The New York Times. Follow Jane on Twitter.

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