FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Geno Smith practiced fully for the first time since his jaw was broken last month and it's possible he could be active for his first NFL game this Sunday.
"It's between him and Bryce [Petty]. We'll see how much he learns this week. One of them will be our No. 2 quarterback. He could be," Jets coach Todd Bowles said of Smith, who returned to action sooner than his original timetable of 6-10 weeks
Smith had been the Jets' starter in training camp, but he was sidelined indefinitely after he was punched in the locker room by then-teammate Ikemefuna Enemkpali on Aug. 11. The injury forced the Jets to start backup Ryan Fitzpatrick, and the results have been good. The Jets are 2-0 heading into Sunday's game against the 0-2 Eagles.
Petty, the Jets' fourth-round pick, has been their No. 2 quarterback the past two weeks. But Smith's return could bump the rookie down the depth chart.
"It doesn't really matter to me if I'm first, second, eighth or the backup punter," Petty told Newsday. "My whole outlook or what I'm striving to do doesn't change because of depth charts. What I'm trying to do is learn as much a I can and come in every day and be positive, be a good teammate and be ready whenever my number is called. But I do feel that . . . I'm on the right track. I may not be there, but the destination is locked in."
Wednesday both he and Smith took scout-team quarterback reps in practice, Bowles said.
Petty admitted that "as a competitor, you want to play," but if he's inactive on Sunday, he'll take it in stride.
Petty said: "If it calls for me to be a kind of cheerleader, I won't have pom-poms and blond hair, but I'll be just as energetic as they are."