Geno Smith Won’t Attend Mark Sanchez’s Jets West Camp
By Dennis Waszak Jr.
Mark Sanchez and Geno Smith won’t be camping out together in Southern California.
A person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press that Smith will not attend Sanchez’s camp that includes several New York Jets teammates.
Sanchez has organized the informal workouts and team-bonding sessions, dubbed “Jets West,” for each of the last few summers at Mission Viejo High School, his alma mater. It was not certain if the quarterback officially invited Smith, the team’s second-round pick who is competing with Sanchez for the starting job.
The Daily News reported that Smith, who had said during minicamp in June that he would likely attend if invited by Sanchez, is working out on his own in Florida. Smith initially caused some confusion when he responded with a “no comment” when asked if he would attend. He later explained he hadn’t heard of “Jets West” and didn’t understand what he was being asked about.
“Mark hasn’t officially extended the hand to me, but I’m pretty sure there’s no problem there,” Smith said. “I’m more than willing to go there.”
But Sanchez also added: “Everyone’s always been invited.”
While some have speculated it could be the first sign of tension between the two quarterbacks, it could also merely be a case in which Smith opted to stay close to home where he has been working out all summer.