Rookie Geno Smith looks sharp in practice

Jets quarterback Geno Smith during training camp. (Aug. Jets quarterback Geno Smith during training camp. (Aug. 5, 2013) Photo Credit: Hans Pennink

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Rex Ryan continues to be coy about the Jets' quarterback situation. But all indications are that Geno Smith will start Saturday night against the Giants as long as he's healthy.

The rookie looked good Tuesday as he took first-team reps for the second consecutive day. He completed 11 of 12 passes with a touchdown and a sack (he also was picked off in 7-on-7 drills), while Mark Sanchez was 4-for-7.

"He looked good,'' Ryan said of Smith, who was inactive last Saturday against the Jaguars because of a sprained right ankle. "I still don't think he's 100 percent, but I think he's certainly getting closer to that.''

But when pressed to name a starter, Ryan wouldn't budge.

"I don't want to get into the ifs, ands, whatever, because we're not there yet,'' he said. "We expect him to play. I hope so. At that position, I want to see a guy that is efficient, is accurate and plays with poise.''

If the competition is as "fair'' and "open'' as the Jets say it is, it's logical to assume Smith will start, after Sanchez worked with the first-team offense against the Lions and Jaguars.

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RB/KR Joe McKnight (head) practiced fully for the first time in a week and is expected to play . . . FB Lex Hilliard was helped off the field after taking a hit. Ryan speculated he may have dislocated a shoulder. Hilliard hasn't played this preseason but has been practicing with a broken rib, a player told Newsday . . . DE/OLB Quinton Coples (hairline fracture, right ankle) underwent a "medical procedure,'' but Ryan didn't give an update . . . The Jets reportedly claimed C Scott Wedige off waivers from the Cardinals.

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