For the quarterbacks themselves, this has been a pretty even camp, which should make for an interesting few weeks if it keeps up. Both Smith and Sanchez were solid in the practice Sunday, which resumed 5 hours after it was suspended because of severe weather.
Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said Smith was “outstanding” in retaining what he learned in the offseason and carrying over into the early part of training camp.
“I can tell you one thing: Marty’s telling the truth,” a confident Smith said. “You know, I study it, I work hard at it. This is my job, this is what I love to do and that’s just it. I’m always going to be the same person, always going to be the same hard working quarterback I’ve always been and that’s carried me so far and it’s going to continue to carry me.”
Meanwhile, Sanchez is looking to keep his starting job as he enters his fifth NFL season. He enjoyed early success by helping lead the Jets to consecutive AFC title games his first two years, but has struggled mightily since.
Running back Joe McKnight, a former college teammate at Southern California, thinks Sanchez is ready to play “mad” this season.
“He knows how I am and how competitive I am,” Sanchez said. “We’ve been around each other for a long time and I want to come in here, win the job, play well for the team and be a part of the team that brings this franchise back.”
In other words, neither Sanchez nor McKnight want to leave any doubt that they are the right guy for the job when the regular season begins.
“Every position, and certainly the quarterback, will be evaluated every day, every play, every practice,” Mornhinweg said. “Normally is what happens is one man significantly removes himself from the other fellows. So, when that happens, there’ll be a time where we’ll make that call. The tougher one is when it’s very, very close and so we’ll be ready for that and then you go on some gut instincts there.”
NOTES: CB Dee Milliner, the No. 9 overall pick, remained unsigned _ leaving him and Tennessee G Chance Warmack (No. 10) as the only first-rounders to have not signed. … Smith had the throw of the practice, effortlessly zipping a 50-yard pass to Stephen Hill. … RB Chris Ivory (hamstring) was in pads but didn’t practice, while TE Kellen Winslow and WR Braylon Edwards got a rest day. Ivory hopes to return as soon as Monday.