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Bucs Should Prepare For Jets Geno Smith

New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith spoke to the media Thursday night after he watch the final preseason game form the sideline. Smith reflected on training camp and his plans to prepare as the starter for the week one game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

On what he learns by watching from the sidelines

Mental reps. Lots of mental reps. Just seeing how Marty (Mornhinweg) calls the games (while I was) standing right next to him, having that earpiece in and hearing every single play that goes in. It gives you a chance to play situational football when youre not in and I think its really helpful, especially for me not having played (in) many situations in this league. Its very helpful.

On if he wanted to play

Like I said, I just go by what the coaches tell me to do and they decided for me not to play tonight. As a player you always love to play, never shying away from any competition, but I was advised not to play so I had to follow orders.

On when coaches told him he would not play

About a day ago in practice, or probably before practice, (I) got the word and thats pretty much it.

On if he fought to play

No. I understand exactly whats going on here. Obviously youve got to prepare for the regular season and in our current situation with Mark (Sanchez) being down, you just cant take any risks. So I think that was pretty much the reason for it.

On if he is approaching this week as the starter against Tampa Bay

Yes, sir. Business as usual. Thats something that I always do and whether or not I am or am not (starting), I will always approach it the same way. So, Im going to continue to study hard. Ive already watched a ton of film on the Buccaneers so far, so Im just going to work extremely hard and prepare my mind and body for this upcoming game.

On his ankle

Its getting better day by day. Its slowly progressing and getting better. Hopefully by the time the games come around Ill be 100 percent. (Im) still getting a lot of treatment and just (taking) it day by day.

On if he has been told when the team will name a starter

No.

On if he feels he has played enough to be comfortable as the opening day starter

Well, I felt comfortable when I first played. I felt comfortable last week. I think thats kind of just my demeanor. Whether or not Ive played enough, whos to say? Its very hypothetical. Ive definitely gained a lot of experience in my time in the games and whether or not Im ready, well find out on gameday and I think Ill be ready for it.

On if coaches have talked about contingency plans for him playing Week One

No. Not at all.

Source: New York Jets Media



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