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Jets say they have moved on from Geno Smith locker-room incident

New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles watches

New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles watches warm-ups prior to the start of the preseason game against the Detroit Lions on Aug. 13, 2015 at Ford Field in Detroit. Credit: Getty Images / Leon Halip

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - The Jets have moved on.

One by one, players and their head coach reiterated the same refrain in an attempt to distance themselves from the drama of the past week. Although the Geno Smith/Ikemefuna Enemkpali saga continues to dominate newspaper headlines and radio airwaves, players inside Todd Bowles' meeting room weren't the least bit consumed by it.

"I think we moved on that day because we had practice later on," cornerback Darrelle Revis said of the punching incident in the locker room. "And guys were really focused and we actually had a good practice.

"Usually, that doesn't happen when a situation like that occurs," he added with a chuckle. "I commend everybody on the team, the coaches as well, for just being focused and ready to practice that day."

Smith had surgery Thursday to repair his broken jaw after being punched by Enemkpali in the locker room Tuesday over a $600 debt.

But while Smith is on the mend, the Jets say they're focused strictly on football.

Bowles did say his opinion of Smith hasn't changed since more details of the incident emerged, but he steered clear of discussing it in more detail. "I've addressed it last week, and myself and us as a team, we've moved on,'' he said. "We've got to worry about the other guys on the team right now and we're going to move forward.

"I'm not going to harp on this," he said when pressed again. "We've moved on. I've said everything I had to say last week. You guys can make your own opinions on that. We've got to play Atlanta this week, and that's where our focus is."

For the Jets, Saturday was all about correcting mistakes (the defense did "a bunch of tackling drills" during morning walk-through, Revis said) and making sure Ryan Fitzpatrick jells with the first-team offense.

"It was good," said Fitzpatrick, a Harvard-educated veteran, who was picked off by cornerback Marcus Williams during seven-on-seven drills. "We got some good situational work for us as an offense at the end. Just working on timing and getting throws to receivers versus a defense and all that. Plenty of good, plenty of bad that we can work on from this practice."

Receiver Brandon Marshall said the adjustment to Fitzpatrick will be easy, but noted it will "definitely take some time."

"The good thing is Ryan is a smart guy and he really sees the field well," he said.

The starting gig is Fitzpatrick's to lose, but the Jets still are in the market for a veteran backup. Rex Grossman and Tyler Thigpen are on their radar, as is Matt Flynn, whom they brought in Friday for a physical.

Said Bowles: "It's not a hurry to find somebody there, but we're still looking and we'll see what shakes free."

Asked specifically about Flynn, he said: "We haven't ruled in or out anything. We're still talking to him. And we'll see how it goes."

Both Marshall and Bowles said they've talked to Smith, who was released from the hospital Friday. According to Bowles, Smith hasn't made an appearance at the facility since the incident.

As for Smith's role on the team when he returns, it's still up in the air.

Said Bowles, "We'll have to cross that bridge when we get to it."

"Right now, I couldn't tell you. Can he take a hit, can he not take a hit, can he talk, can he communicate? That all remains to be seen. It's a first time thing for everybody, so we'll see when he comes back."

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