New York Jets

New York Jets Rookie Geno Smith Reportedly Outplaying Mark Sanchez at Camp

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IAugust 1, 2013

New York Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith is gaining ground on veteran starter Mark Sanchez at training camp this summer, according to's Rich Cimini.

Sanchez has tossed 69 interceptions in four seasons in the league, and as Cimini points out, his inaccuracy appears to be holding him back in his battle for the starting job:

It was Sanchez's turn to lead the starting unit and he struggled, throwing an interception for the second straight practice. Smith has yet to throw an interception in team drills over the first five practices.

News that Smith is outshining Sanchez in camp certainly comes as little surprise to Jets fans who watched the former fifth overall draft pick lead one of the league's worst offenses in 15 games a season ago.

Sanchez was dreadful under center in 2012, completing just 54.3 percent of his passes for 2,883 yards, 13 touchdowns and 18 interceptions. 

Meanwhile, Smith has yet to take a snap in the NFL, but he begins his professional career with high expectations after lighting up college football in back-to-back seasons. Although West Virginia struggled down the stretch last fall, Smith's numbers were Heisman caliber.

He completed nearly 72 percent of his passes for 4,205 yards, 42 touchdowns and just six interceptions. He would end his college career with over 11,600 yards and 98 touchdowns through the air.

Perhaps more importantly, Smith tossed just 21 picks in four years in Morgantown, demonstrating superb accuracy and football IQ. 

On top of his strong arm, Smith brings more athleticism to the table than Sanchez, who is best known for the infamous butt-fumble incident against the New England Patriots last November. 

If Smith is adding another dimension to the offense with his legs without throwing interceptions, does Sanchez even stand a chance of winning the starting job this summer?


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