By Jeff Fetter: New York Jets rookie 2nd round draft choice quarterback Geno Smith has thus far failed to appear at quarterback Mark Sanchez’s Jets West camp that he’s holding. Smith was personally invited by Sanchez for the Southern California camp, which will have around 15 of the Jets players attending.
The camp will have workouts and film study. It’s a good thing because it helps the players prepare for the new season while at the same time forging relationships on the team. However, Smith appeared to be disinterested in attending the camp earlier this summer. When asked if he would be attending, Smith said “No comment.”
The Metro New York is reporting that Geno Smith hasn’t made an appearance thus far at the Jets West camp at the start of the camp last Wednesday.
If Smith doesn’t appear at the camp it’s going to send a message to some of the players that he’s not a team player. Unless Smith has a good reason not to appear at the camp, it could send a signal that he’s disengaged with his teammate.
Of course, Smith still will have a very good chance to win the starting job for the Jets this season even if he doesn’t take part in the camp. The team badly needs a quarterback that can make the throws, not turn the ball over, and throw with a high degree of accuracy. Sanchez has proven to be a disaster in all of those areas since being drafted in the 1st round by the Jets in 2009 out of USC.
Jets head coach Rex Ryan runs the risk that he could be putting his job on the line if he lets Sanchez be the starter and he continues to play poorly in each game and fails to take the team to the playoffs.