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Geno Smith has New York Jets 'smitten' by his skills?

Geno Smithno longer is grading his own practices, leaving that responsibility to the New York Jets' coaching staff.

As it turns out, the 39th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft passed all of his rookie minicamp tests with flying colors.

After talking to people around the team, the New York Post's Brian Costello deduced that the Jets are "smitten" with Smith. Per Costello, the starting quarterback job now appears to be Smith's "to lose."

Smith showed improvement throughout the weekend, impressing with the "zip" on his passes and a natural feel for Marty Mornhinweg's offense.

Costello now notes a "sense around the Jets" that they want Smith to win the quarterback competition. That's hardly a surprising revelation. David Garrard hasn't thrown a pass in a regular-season game in three years. If the decision-makers still had faith in Mark Sanchez, Smith would be on another roster.

As long as Garrard stays healthy and Smith continues to progress at a steady rate, Sanchez will be the odd man out come September. The only question is if the Jets will find a trading partner willing to surrender a late-round draft pick for the veteran. If not, they will have to eat Sanchez's $8.5 million in guarantees.

Follow Chris Wesseling on Twitter @ChrisWesseling.

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