New York Jets second-round quarterback Geno Smith is expected to compete with incumbent Mark Sanchez for the team's starting quarterback job during this year's training camp.
The Jets' OTAs and minicamp have helped Smith as he transitions from a spread offense at West Virginia to a West Coast system in the NFL. A little more on-field work with his teammates wouldn't hurt, but Smith remains non-committal about attending the annual "Jets West" camp that Sanchez hosts in Southern California.
"We'll see," Smith said when asked by the NFL Network's Andrew Siciliano if he planned to attend the workouts during the annual Monday's session at the NFL Rookie Symposium in Aurora, Ohio.
During the OTAs and minicamp, Smith's go-to response on whether he'll attend the workouts was "no comment". By that standard, "we'll see" is a slight upgrade as it suggests that Smith hasn't completely dismissed the possibility of working out with his teammates.
That said, Smith also sounds more inclined to put his nose in the playbook before training camp begins at SUNY-Cortland on July 25.
"I've already made a giant leap," Smith said. "Coming from a spread system where the biggest transition for me is going to be the footwork. It's not as if I can't do it, it's the fact that I haven't done it enough. So the good reps, the good amount of reps that I got in rookie camp, minicamp, OTAs has helped me make that leap and transition, and made giant strides. I was able to get in with the first team and do some really good things.
"So now I got some time off to think about it, to go back and study my playbook which I did a pretty good job with during that time there, and then be prepared for camp," Smith said. "I have an opportunity to fight for a starting job. In a great place right now, so I look forward to it."