"We're going to go with
Smith and veteran
"Learning Marty's system, he really did a tremendous job, as did all the quarterbacks,” Ryan said of Smith. “I think he really fits the system. He's a guy who is very accurate with the football, he has good mobility in the pocket and he's adjusting to the speed of the game."
While Mornhinweg said Smith is “back running and gunning” at the controls, Sanchez has not practiced since suffering an injury to his throwing shoulder in the Jets’ OT triumph over New York's NFC representative.
"It's unfortunate that Mark was injured, obviously, but he is working extremely hard to get back,” said Ryan when I asked him how much health factored into the decision. “But he's just not ready right now. It's similar to last week — we knew he wasn't ready then. He's not ready now and we'll see what the future holds as we move forward.”
The 6’3”, 221-pound Smith, who was selected No. 39 overall in April’s draft, recorded a 26-13 record as starter at West Virginia. After passing for 11,662 yards in his college career with 98 TDs and just 21 INTs, Smith appeared in two preseason contests, completing 60% of his passes with 1 TD and 3 INTs.
"I know the entire team is confident,” Ryan said. “We are definitely confident that Geno's out there and I think all of our guys are looking forward to see what he can do. It's a tough test going against Revis and two Pro Bowl safeties. It's going to be a test, but it's one we're excited about.”