Mark Sanchez believes that Geno Smith will be the starter against the Giants

Mark Sanchez and Geno Smith participate in team Mark Sanchez and Geno Smith participate in team OTAs at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. (June 5, 2013) Photo Credit: James Escher

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Rex Ryan may not be ready to name a starter for Saturday's preseason game against the Giants, but Mark Sanchez already is resigned to the fact that it won't be him.

"I'm assuming [Geno Smith will start]," the veteran quarterback said Wednesday. "I don't know. But they haven't said, so . . . "

Smith said Ryan typically "let's us know in the morning, about two or three days before the game."

So if the Jets coach sticks to his routine, he'll likely inform the quarterbacks of the team's decision this morning.

The Jets strayed from their usual every-two-day quarterback rotation this week, with Smith practicing with the first-team offense for three straight days. Sanchez said he did the same thing last week when Smith was sidelined by a sprained right ankle.

"When he got hurt, I took all the reps and played in the game. So I think that's the plan this week," Sanchez said.

And Smith's eager to make the most of his opportunity.

"If I get a chance to play, if I get a chance to start, it's going to be big for me," said the rookie, who was inactive last week against the Jaguars. "I've been working extremely hard and I just want to go out there and play well."

He had one of his best days of practice Wednesday, completing 15 of 16 passes against the first- and third-team defenses. He also had two touchdowns and was sacked once.

"It wasn't brutal, that's for sure," Ryan joked, referencing his blunt comment from a week ago. "That was a great day. I don't know if it was his best day, cause he's had a lot of good ones. And he had a great one today."

But the Jets coach still wasn't ready to publicly name a starting quarterback for the Giants game. "Hey, I guess we can anticipate it. I guess that's fair to say," he said. "But we really don't want to put a timetable on it. Eventually, we've got to name one. So we'll see."

Smith said his sprained ankle is getting better, but "I wouldn't say it's 100 percent." Still, it's improved enough where he's able to plant his foot and "explode off of it."

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