Todd Bowles on Jets QB Geno Smith: 'It's been up and down'

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- The New York Jets wrapped up minicamp with an abbreviated, 65-minute practice Thursday. A few observations:

1. Hot Geno: Geno Smith ended the three-day camp with another solid performance -- no turnovers. His best moment came in a 7-on-7 drill, when he fired a 50-yard strike to Chris Owusu for a touchdown. Everything about the throw was perfect. Afterward, head coach Todd Bowles provided some perspective, noting, "It's a practice play. I'm not going to make too much of it. We know he can throw the ball when he gets an opportunity." Translation: Let's save the evaluations for when the pads go on and the pass rush is live.

Smith's minicamp scorecard: One bad day, two good days. In terms of the depth chart, nothing changes. Smith will go into training camp as the No. 1 quarterback, followed by Ryan Fitzpatrick and rookie Bryce Petty. It's Smith's job to lose.

Bowles wasn't satisfied with Smith or any of the quarterbacks.

"It's been up and down," he said of Smith. "He makes good throws, he makes some bad throws. There has to be more consistency for the quarterbacks overall."

2. Brandon sits: Brandon Marshall, who injured a toe late in Wednesday's practice, didn't participate in positional or team drills Thursday. It probably was only precautionary. He was in uniform and rode the stationary bike but did little else. He'll have plenty of time to heal, as the Jets begin a six-week break before training camp. Cornerback Darrin Walls (leg), also hurt Wednesday, sat out the final day.

3. Hurting tight ends: Backup Zach Sudfeld underwent an MRI exam to determine the severity of a knee injury that occurred Wednesday. Bowles didn't sound optimistic, saying he suspects it's "more than just a minor injury." Sudfeld earned positive reviews last season for his play on special teams. He finished with only five receptions, but he has receiving skills. Jace Amaro, still nursing a back injury, ended up sitting out the entire minicamp. If Sudfeld's injury is long term, you have to wonder if the Jets will submit a waiver claim for tight end Tim Wright, who was unexpectedly waived by the New England Patriots. Wright played his college ball locally at Rutgers.

4. No sign of the No. 2 pick: Rookie wide receiver Devin Smith missed the entire minicamp with an excused absence, a personal reason. He will be in catch-up mode in training camp, having missed valuable time. Smith needs as many reps as possible as he attempts to learn the offense and sharpen his skills as a route runner. On paper, he projects as the No. 4 receiver, but others are closing. Owusu had a strong minicamp and DeVier Posey, formerly of the Houston Texans, made a few plays.

5. Watch where you're going: Things got physical a couple of times Wednesday, and Bowles wasn't happy. By rule, these were supposed to be non-contact practices. One of the plays involved safety Calvin Pryor, who lowered a shoulder into Sudfeld -- the play in which Sudfeld injured his knee. So what happened Thursday? Pryor collided with wide receiver Eric Decker on a pass play over the middle. It appeared unavoidable, but Decker didn't seem happy. He spiked the ball and ran back to the huddle. Pryor threw up his arms, as if to say, "I couldn't help it." This time, Bowles absolved Pryor.

"It was just a football play," he said. "It's going to be testy at times."

6. Special K: It was a quiet spring for Jeremy Kerley, who missed time with an ankle/Achilles' injury, but he let everyone know he's still around. Near the end of practice, he made a terrific, twisting catch on a pass that was behind him. It was the catch of the day.

7. Stacking up the backs: The current depth chart at running back, according to Bowles: Chris Ivory, Bilal Powell and Daryl Richardson. Veteran Zac Stacy, acquired in a draft-day trade with the St. Louis Rams, is playing catch-up because he arrived late. Stevan Ridley, formerly of the Patriots, still hasn't been cleared for practice. He's returning from major knee surgery. Bowles said he has no idea about his third-down back; he wants to see them in pads, blocking, before compiling a pecking order.

8. Roster move: The Jets released tackle Sean Hooey, who could be the answer to a trivia question. He was the first acquisition for general manager Mike Maccagnan. Hooey signed a reserve-future contract in late January.