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New York Jets’ Rex Ryan, Geno Smith: Best Offensive Practice of the Year Today

December 4th, 2013 at 11:01 PM
By Donald Lappe

Coming off three consecutive losses, including two games during which the team produced three points each, the New York Jets are raving about their offense's performance in practice today. Jets head coach Rex Ryan and quarterback Geno Smith both spoke to the media about the efficiency of the offense in practice today. The Jets are hoping to break out of an offensive slump this weekend against the Oakland Raiders at MetLife Stadium,

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The New York Jets are sounding optimistic about their chances of pulling themselves out of the offensive rut they have been mired in recently. The Jets talked today about having their best practice of the year on offense, rarely seeing the ball hit the ground. The defense did not have its best practice of the season, but that unit isn't the one under heavy scrutiny as a result of the past three weeks – all losses.

Jets head coach Rex Ryan was excited about what he saw from the offense today:

"Probably our best day of practice we’ve had offensively. Not that it’s a good sign, it’s a great sign for us. Guys came out full of energy, bouncing around. Obviously, we need that. It’s just hard to explain but it was out there today," Ryan said after today's practice.

Rex Ryan went on to say that Geno Smith "absolutely" had his best practice of the season today. Geno Smith has been pulled in two of the Jets' last three games. Smith also felt good about what the team did today on the practice field:

"I liked the way that we executed. I liked the tempo," Smith explained. "I can tell guys definitely want to turn things around and we understand that we haven’t played well as of late, so we’re doing everything in our power to get that changed."

It won't be easy this week against an Oakland Raiders defense that will throw multiple blitz packages at the rookie quarterback. Rex Ryan noted that Geno Smith excelled today at getting the team into the correct protections in blitz pickup, a good sign for Sunday's game. It will be interesting to see where the Jets lean towards keeping extra blockers in to protect their young quarterback against the blitz or look to throw hot and get the ball out of his hands quickly.

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Tags: Football, Geno Smith, MetLife Stadium, New York, New York Jets, NFL, Oakland Raiders, offense, Rex Ryan, Sports Media 101

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