Geno Smith gives himself ‘F’ in first Jets practice

Rookie Jets quarterback Geno Smith completed his first practice at the team’s minicamp today.  Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports Smith completed 6 of 10 passes (and was “sacked” once) during 11-on-11 team drills. He went 11 of 15 in 7-on-7 drills, taking 20 of 25 snaps under center. Smith, who played just about every snap out of the shotgun at West Virginia, said it’ll be a “transition” to sharpen his footwork.

So, how would he grade his first practice as a pro?

“I’m going to be tough on myself,” Smith said. “So I don’t even want to do it. I’ll let the coaches do the grading. If I’d say, it’s an F. Because I want to be A+… Hey, that’s just the way I do things.”

Smith said that the recent criticism didn’t really affect his family and close friends too much, either.

“They know me,” Smith said. “Anyone who’s ever come into contact with me knows exactly who I am and what I’m all about. So they don’t let it get to them because they know the real me. I think that anyone who’s ever talked to any of my coaches of the past or players that I’ve played with have all had good remarks on me.”

Smith said he looks forward to competing with Mark Sanchez this summer.
“I know Mark is a competitor,” Smith said. “I understand that he wants to win the job. We all do. At the same, I’m going to learn from him. I’m going to learn from David and Greg… and just try to pick things up as I go.”