Jets West Preview: Will Geno Smith Be There?

Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

According to Green Zone Radio, Jets West occurs this week out in sunny California. For those that don’t know Jets West is a week-long practice session doubling as a team bonding experience run each year by Mark Sanchez. Mark organizes the event making it as close to an actual offensive practice with on-field work as well as classroom study to learn the new offense. Each night the players get together for group activities to better bond as a team. There are no media or fans allowed as the Sanchez family pay for security to keep it players only.

The big story is whether or not quarterback Geno Smith will attend. In the past whether or not it was a rival in Tebow or a mentor like Brunell the backup quarterback attended the camp. When asked if Smith was invited Sanchez said that all offensive skill position players were invited. Smith’s answers were a bit more cryptic. During OTAs when he was first asked about attending the camp Smith said “no comment”. The next day he said he didn’t know what Jets West was and that he would go if asked. Then when Sanchez was asked if he invited Smith Sanchez once again repeated that all offensive skill position players were invited. After mandatory mini camp was over Smith said he did not know yet if he would attend and it would depend if he was invited or not.

Semantics aside Smith needs to attend the camp. He needs as many reps in the new offense as possible as well as practice with the verbiage and time to watch film. He needs to be able to build a rapport with the receivers who will attend like Stephen Hill and Jeremy Kerley on and off of the field. Smith will also take a hit publicly if he doesn’t attend because it is clear that he is welcome there even if Sanchez hasn’t rolled out the red carpet for him.

This is an important week as it is the last week that the players will be able to workout together without the coaches. It is a time to build confidence and momentum for the long grind of the season. For Sanchez it is his last chance to salvage his career with the Jets. For Smith it is time to learn and to prove to himself that he not only belongs but deserves to be the man. Only time will tell which one starts but the summer competition begins anew here.

Topics: Geno Smith, Jets West, Mark Sanchez, New York Jets, Offseason

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  • NomDePloom

    Sanchez has been having this ‘Jets West’ camp ever since he’s been a Jet. How has it helped him and the Jets? I don’t want someone to recite how the Jets made it to the AFC Championship in his first two season because it was primarily via the defense. Sanchez has been an average QB at best and if the 2012 Jest West camp was any indicator, Sanchez was actually worse off for the experience. Will Geno Smith actually miss much if he does not attend Jets West? Personally, I doubt it.

    • Alejandro12many

      The problem is none of the WRs that attend the camp actually are on the roster during the season.

      • Craig Hoffman

        Hill and Kerley will be there.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.willie.509 Joe Willie

    why would any QB want to go to a QB /wr camp run by Sanchez? Geno needs to keep his head in the playbook and not get the horns put on him by # 6. This story should be about whether Geno has signed his rookie contract yet? Camp starts in 3 weeks.

    • Paul Newbold

      Geno Smith’s rookie contract should be interesting. I don’t believe Idjik will be talking big money, he was a second rounder and I think the Jets intend to pay him that way. His agents though could be looking for the big payday right off the bat, this one could turn really interesting fast!

  • Craig Hoffman

    I don’t care which QB wins the starting job I want the one the best helps the Jets win however I would love for Sanchez to win the job and play well if only for the reaction of the fans. I don’t know if anyone would know what to do.

    • http://www.facebook.com/joe.willie.509 Joe Willie

      I bet lotto 2 times a week so I understand that wishing stuff.

    • matr dontelli iii

      they’d still boo him. he is hated by the fan base. the vast majority will not even acknowledge the possibility of him playing well and they give 100% of the credit for the championship game appearances to the defense. 95 of 157 for 1155 yards with 9 tds vs. 3 ints and a composite 94 rating across six games in two seasons in the PLAYOFFS never happened, or if it did it doesn’t matter, it only happened because of the running game and the defense. might as well tune to espn…

    • Paul Newbold

      I would!! I’m praying Sanchez wins the competition and plays great! It’s the only way we can salvage a draft pick from him! If Sanchez fails to even improve a little, he gets cut and the Jets loose. With a half decent showing, we might find someone desperate enough to give us a 3 rd or 4 th rounder for him! Go Sanchez! LOL

  • Jetsluva

    I’d like to see Geno attend Jets West if he doesn’t have any other means of getting some reps in before camp. It’s not so much about measurable improvements as it is about a steady amount of work that will allow him to get more and more familiar with playing under center. Geno needs all the work he can get so that he can grow more comfortable. He’s a better QB talent than Sanchez in almost every way. I want to see Geno get the starting job, cuz I can’t take another game, another snape with Sanchez at QB.

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