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Geno Smith named Jets' starter for opener

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Print This September 04, 2013, 09:42 AM EST

The New York Jets are going with rookie quarterback Geno Smith as their starting quarterback against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a development that follows incumbent Mark Sanchez being sidelined with a shoulder injury.

"We're going to go with Geno Smith as our quarterback and we are excited about that,” coach Rex Ryan announced on the Jets' website.

Smith has recovered from a sprained ankle.

"That part was important for him to get those practice reps in as well, and I think his confidence physically is at a high level right now,” offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg. “He came out the other day and looked like he was 100 percent."

Added Ryan: "Learning Marty's system, he really did a tremendous job, as did all the quarterback. I think he really fits the system. He's a guy who is very accurate with the football, he has good mobility in the pocket and he's adjusting to the speed of the game."

Sanchez has a bruised shoulder joint and is sidelined indefinitely.

"It's unfortunate that Mark was injured, obviously, but he is working extremely hard to get back,” Ryan said.. “But he's just not ready right now. It's similar to last week, we knew he wasn't ready then. He's not ready now and we'll see what the future holds as we move forward.”

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