Rex Ryan confirmed the obvious Monday: Rookie Geno Smith will start Thursday night’s game against the Patriots.
Despite an uneven performance in Sunday’s regular-season opener against the Bucs, the rookie quarterback impressed with his poise and his field vision. But truth be told, the Jets have no other choice but to start Smith.
Mark Sanchez – their fifth-year quarterback who competed all offseason against Smith – still is sidelined by a shoulder injury. And while Ryan maintained “he’s still day-to-day for us,” the coach confirmed Sanchez will get a second opinion on his shoulder this week.
“Not that he had a setback, but we’re going to take this time to go get a different opinion and things like that, just to make sure everybody’s very comfortable with where he’s at,” said Ryan, who – as expected – announced Sanchez won’t play versus New England.
“With a short week like this, Geno will be the quarterback.”
A source told Newsday on Sunday that reports of Sanchez having either a torn labrum or a dislocated right shoulder are both “inaccurate.”
The veteran quarterback was inactive for the team's win over the Bucs and was spotted in pregame warmups throwing awkwardly with his left hand.
Sanchez was injured in Week 3 of the preseason when the Jets inserted him in the fourth quarter against the Giants. He was sacked on his very first play and then blasted by defensive tackle Marvin Austin.
From the beginning, the Jets have labeled Sanchez’s injury as day-to-day. But while it was initially reported that Sanchez suffered a bruised shoulder joint in his throwing arm, the saga regarding his injury status continues.