"It's been an even competition, we've been rotating days and things like that. Certainly Mark's the incumbent," the Jets head coach said at his news conference today at SUNY Cortland. "Again, the competition starts off and we'll see where it goes from here, but it seemed like the natural thing to do."
Plus he's had two strong practices this week in his back-and-forth competition with Smith, the second-round rookie out of West Virginia. In general, Sanchez was again accurate today as he worked with the first offense, and in particular he lasered nice over-the-middle passes to TE
Neither QB spoke today after holding news conferences after Monday's practice. On the Jets' official depth chart released Monday evening, the first teamer is listed as a slash situation: Sanchez/Smith. Ryan reminded this is just the first preseason game ahead, implying perhaps that Smith could get his starting turn a week from Saturday night at home against Jacksonville.
"You know, the preseason doesn't end after the first preseason game," Rex said. "We'll talk it through as much as possible and we said this is going to be an equal competition and that's exactly what it is."
"As far as throwing the ball and reading his keys, Geno's coming along fast," Lankster said. "He's learning from Mark. He and Mark help each other out. It's good to play against both of them, because both of them have their own style, but they both throw the ball."
But today Lankster was on a lot of Smith's throws. In addition to the pick, he deflected two Geno passes intended for
"Yes sir, I had it in my hands but he snatched it from me," Lankster said. "It was a great catch. My coaches told me it was a great catch and a great effort by me."
I pressed Lankster on how his best efforts today measured up against other practices at this camp.
"I'm going to say I've had other good days this camp," he replied. "This is the day, though, that I made the most plays on the ball."
More such plays are needed for Lankster to survive the battle behind the big three corners,
For that reason Lankster is looking forward not just to an opportunity to play vs. the Lions but also in all the preseason games.
"To me, every preseason game's going to count," he said. "But you know me. On special teams and on defense, I'm going to give it my all."