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Rex Ryan on Geno Smith: Plenty of time for quarterback to show he's ready to start

Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith gets ready to

Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith gets ready to throw a pass during Day 3 of team minicamp. (June 13, 2013) Photo Credit: James Escher

Three more days of workouts, three more days of quarterback uncertainty.

The Jets wrapped up their three-day minicamp Thursday, and even though Rex Ryan agreed with quarterbacks coach David Lee's assessment that Geno Smith is not yet ready to be an NFL starter, the coach knows that the Jets have some time before their first regular-season game.

"If we had to play tomorrow, I agree with that," Ryan said. "But I think when we get out to training camp and we have that time, we'll see if he's ready or not ready. We'll make that decision. Are there things that he's working every day at? Absolutely . . . but sometimes you can't even notice because when he's on, the guy is absolutely terrific."

Though Smith will be competing with Mark Sanchez for the starting job, he's more than willing to join his fellow quarterback in California for the Jets West retreat that Sanchez holds each summer for his skill-position teammates.

"So Mark hasn't officially extended the hand to me, but I'm pretty sure there's no problem there," Smith said. "I'm more than willing to go there, get some work, work with the guys and all that stuff. Because it helps the team bond and I fully support that."


Wilson has impressed Ryan

The Jets selected cornerback Dee Milliner with the ninth pick in the draft but don't expect incumbent starter Kyle Wilson to lay down.

Wilson, who's entering his fourth NFL season, said he has spent more time learning defensive schemes this offseason and Ryan said he has seen a much different player than in years past. He expects Milliner and Wilson to compete for the starting spot across from Antonio Cromartie.

"I will say this about Kyle, this is the best offseason that he's had and it's not even close," Ryan said. "I've been proud of the way he's come into these OTA's and the way he's competing. The other thing about Kyle is that mentally he's a sharp guy as well. He can work inside and outside and we'll play him at both spots."

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