FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- What we learned on Monday, Day 12 of the New York Jets' training camp:
1. Geno Smith isn't perfect: It took nine-plus practices for Smith to throw his first interception. Actually, he threw two.
Unlike Saturday night at MetLife Stadium, nobody booed. Then again, practice was closed to the general public, with only 100 or so selected fans in attendance. Both interceptions came on similar throws: relatively short passes to the sideline for which the corners undercut the routes. Marcus Williams picked off the first, Darrelle Revis the second. Both were returned for touchdowns. Smith remains the presumptive opening-day quarterback and, as I've said many times, he'd have to really stink it up in the first two preseason games to jeopardize his status. Todd Bowles cut him some slack, crediting the cornerbacks for making good plays. He was being kind. "I was starting to think they couldn't catch," Bowles said of the defensive backs as a whole.
This was by far Smith's worst day in an otherwise solid camp. Unofficially, he completed 15 of 26 passes, with two sacks -- both in a two-minute drill. On a positive note, he ended practice by throwing three short touchdowns to Brandon Marshall in a red zone period. It's worth noting that Marshall beat Revis for two of the scores.
2. Ryan's hope is fading: The starters "won't go very long" in Thursday night's preseason opener, according to Bowles. That means quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick won't get a chance to play with the first-team offense. Smith will handle the first-team reps before handing off to Fitzpatrick, who is on a track for the No. 2 job. As you can see, this really isn't a competition in the purest sense.
3. Muhammad Wilkerson isn't ready: After missing five straight practices with a hamstring injury, Wilkerson participated in positional drills on a limited basis. There were no team drills for Wilkerson, who probably won't play in the preseason opener Thursday night in Detroit. There's "no timetable on when he's coming back," according to Bowles, who has been downplaying the injury since Day 1. The Jets and Wilkerson are engaged in negotiations for a contract extension.
4. Sheldon is nicked up: Turns out Sheldon Richardson, he of the looming drug suspension and recent arrest, has been practicing with an injured wrist. Working with the backups, Richardson has been toiling in anonymity as he awaits his four-game suspension, which starts Week 1. Bowles praised Richardson for maintaining a "good attitude," but that doesn't mean he'll get his old job back anytime soon. He has been replaced by No. 1 pick Leonard Williams, who will start in Detroit. Bowles said they haven't decided how much Richardson will play in the first preseason game. They should make him play -- a lot.
5. Minor roster moves: Defensive end Kevin Vickerson (hamstring) was activated from the physically unable to perform list. As expected, safety Antonio Allen (torn Achilles tendon) cleared waivers and was placed on the injured-reserve list.
6. Healing up: Wide receiver Walt Powell (groin) and running back Zac Stacy (undisclosed), both of whom were injured on Saturday night, participated in practice. Wide receiver Shaquelle Evans (bruised ribs) returned to practice. Fellow wideouts T.J. Graham (hamstring) and Chris Owusu (concussion) remained out. Owusu has suffered at least four concussions, including college, but "he should be fine," according to Bowles. With the injuries at receiver, and with Eric Decker getting a rest day, Quincy Enunwa got more reps than usual, including some runs with the first team. Enunwa is coming on after a slow start.
7. No change at right guard: Bowles said the right-guard job still is up for grabs, but it sure looks like Willie Colon has moved into the lead. He took the first-team reps for the second straight practice, with Brian Winters working with the backups. We'll know more, of course, after Thursday night.
8. Welcome back, old friends: Former Jets LaDainian Tomlinson and Kerry Rhodes visited on Monday. It's interesting that Rhodes, 34, out of football the past two seasons, decided to visit now that Rex Ryan is gone. Ryan torched Rhodes in his book, calling him "Hollywood" and questioning his passion for the game. Tomlinson was on assignment for the NFL Network. In case you're wondering, Tomlinson still has that Jets-logo tattoo on his right calf.