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Mornhinweg on Geno Smith Dan Leberfeld

The Jets gave Manish Mehta of the Daily News a one-on-one interview with Marty Mornhinweg at the end of the off-season program, and here is some of what he had to say about Geno Smith . . .

“I will say this… I know this: He’s way ahead of the pace of a normal rookie,” Mornhinweg told the Daily News. “Guys that are quite skilled sometimes get away with some mechanical (flaws) in a game. They’re just so good athletically that they get away with them for a period of time and then they get better and better and better and better.

“I think Geno’s close. I don’t think he’s there yet. But he’s close to being able to get into a game and function at a high level. So our whole challenge — and his challenge — is that first preseason game (against the Lions on Aug. 9). Now let’s get to a point where you can function at a high level.

“He’s done a fabulous job. That is a heck of an offense that they have at West Virginia. However, we base much of our success of accuracy and timing and decision making and precision with the footwork… So, I know this: He’s done an outstanding job (with) some of the things that he’s done… He reverted back several times in practice: Both 7-on-7 and team (11 on 11). Just absolutely normal.”