New York Jets quarterbacks struggle again

It has not been a banner spring for the quarterbacks of the New York Jets.

The competition thus far between incumbent starter Mark Sanchez and rookie Geno Smith has been lukewarm, at best. According to ESPNNewYork.com's Rich Cimini, things didn't get much better in Wednesday's practice that was open to the media.

Sanchez was 9-for-19 (47 percent) and Smith was 5-for-9 (55 percent) with an interception to Jets linebacker DeMario Davis in team drills. However, there was more of a built-in excuse this week, because several of New York's top receivers were not in practice due to injury.

Santonio Holmes (foot), Jeremy Kerley (hamstring), Stephen Hill (knee) and Clyde Gates (hamstring) are all banged up and did not participate in team drills, Cimini reports. That left Sanchez and Smith throwing to a thin group of backup receivers, and neither quarterback was able to raise the level of the first-team offense.

But injured receivers or not, inconsistency at quarterback has been the norm for the Jets in organized team activities. Neither player has been able to get hot and play consistently to separate from the competition. Sanchez and Smith still have mandatory minicamp and training camp to impress.