One rookie minicamp doesn’t make a quarterback but there are more rumblings that Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez might not be around at the start of the 2013 season.
Brian Costello of the New York Post reports Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith was impressive during the two days of the mini-camp open to the media. His passes had great zip on them and he looked more decisive as the practices went on as he got more comfortable in the offense. The 22-year-old was even more impressive off the field. He held players’ only meetings at the team hotel to learn the plays and handled the media like a longtime pro. You can tell from talking to people around the team during this weekend’s rookie mini-camp that many in the organization are smitten with new quarterback Geno Smith. It’s beginning to look more and more like the starting job is his to lose.
The best scenario for the Jets is: Smith shows he’s capable, Garrard proves he’s healthy and another team suffers an injury at quarterback during the preseason. Then, the Jets could trade Sanchez to the quarterback-needy team — after agreeing to eat about $6 million of the $8.75 million coming to him.
Costello isn’t the only one who believes Sanchez could be on the way out. According to Peter King of Sports Illustrated, if Geno Smith wins the Jet starting job to start the season, he wouldn’t be remotely surprised if the Jets traded Mark Sanchez for a low-round draft pick or cut him before Week 1.