CORTLAND – Geno Smith and Mark Sanchez split reps with the first-team offense Monday – a clear departure from the coaching staff’s every-two-day QB rotation.
“Marty (Mornhinweg) had talked about that before, moving Mark in more with the ones today, and then you know we had Geno with the ones yesterday,” Ryan said. “So we may have altered the plan a little bit, but both guys are still going to work with the ones.”
Sanchez, who went 10-for-13 for 125 yards in Friday night’s preseason opener, shined in Monday’s practice session (despite his not-so-gaudy numbers). The veteran QB – who rebounded to throw a touchdown pass to Jeff Cumberland against the Lions, following an opening-drive interception – went 2-for-3 with a TD to Bilal Powell in team drills.
During 7-on-7s, he was 5-for-7, throwing back-to-back 50-yard TDs to Ryan Spadola and Stephen Hill and hitting Kellen Winslow on a 20-yard sideline pass over rookie cornerback Dee Milliner.
Smith was back in action again, despite his ankle injury. His limp was more noticeable at certain times, but he had another good day. The rookie finished 6-for-7, with a TD pass to Konrad Reuland in team drills. Smith also was sacked during 11-on-11s and was intercepted by Isaiah Trufant (aka, Rex’s “little hombre”) during 7s.
Asked if the split QB reps were a direct result of Smith’s ankle injury, Ryan said: “I don’t know what the original, like, hey, this was how we did it. Marty came to me yesterday and told me how he was going to rotate the guys and so it’s not a surprise that we didn’t miss it before any practice, even yesterday.”
As for whether Smith will start Saturday’s game against the Jaguars, Ryan wouldn’t say.
“Again,” he said. “I think we’re just going to let this thing play out and see how we are at the end of the week and then we’ll make that decision.”