Rex Report: Praise for Sanchez

CORTLAND, N.Y. -- Rex Ryan weighed in on the quarterbacks after practice, a strong day for Mark Sanchez in red zone drills. Ryan noted that the veteran played well.

"It gets tough down there because it gets compacted and things," Ryan said. "I thought Mark did a great job, especially on the gotta-have-its. After the two minute when we did the gotta-have-its, he made a great throw. Now the defense helped him out when they never had the personnel on the field. If you play with nine on the field, bad things happen."

Ryan also had some good things to say about Geno Smith, the rookie who is pushing Sanchez for his starting spot.

"Mark did a nice job down there," Ryan said. "And I thought Geno was impressive at the end that last play when you gotta-have-it he scrambles and keeps his vision down the field and finds a guy open at the end. So that was impressive. Both guys I thought had a good day today."

Ryan said Smith is benefiting from the instruction of quarterbacks coach David Lee and new offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg.

"There are a couple things that we knew he'd have to improve on, like his footwork No. 1, the depth of routes," Ryan said, "but he has picked that up very quickly."

MUTUAL RESPECT: Ryan didn't want to talk specifically about Riley Cooper's offensive comment, but he would talk about how the Jets go about bonding. "There's not one perfect person in our locker room, we've all made mistakes, obviously me more than others, but the thing is we all respect each other."

THAT'S RICH: Sheldon Richardson may be out of practice to recover from a root canal, but the rookie DL has already impressed his coach. "We don't want to put him in Canton yet but he looks pretty good. He's an explosive guy an explosive athlete. He certainly belongs here."

WESTHOFF WILDCAT: Mike Westhoff, the Jets former special teams coordinator, is on site and, as a newly minted member of the media, he sat in on Ryan's presser and asked a question about the way the Jets will use personnel in the Green & White scrimmage.

QUICK HITS: Asked to single out a few players, Ryan said WR Vidal Hazelton "He seems to be popping up to me," and C Dalton Freeman. He noted that Hazelton had solid blocking skills.