Geno Smith’s ankle looked better yesterday. His decision making? That still needs work.

The Jets rookie quarterback was back on the field after missing Saturday’s preseason win over the Jaguars because of a sprained right ankle. Smith moved better in practice yesterday than he has since suffering the injury on Aug. 9 but he still had a rough day to start off a crucial week in the competition to be the team’s starting quarterback.

During team drills with the starters Smith went 1-for-6 with an interception. This comes after his last practice — which featured four interceptions — was labeled “brutal” by coach Rex Ryan.

Smith appears to be trailing Mark Sanchez in the competition but he has one last chance to make a big move on Saturday when the Jets face the Giants. Smith is expected to start even though Ryan would not reveal his starter yesterday.

Smith the team’s second-round draft pick said he does not believe the Giants game will decide the competition.

“I don’t think so not one game” Smith said. “They’ve been evaluating me since I’ve been here. I don’t think one or two games will be able to tell you where I am because it’s still early in my career. It’s about learning. I’ve got a lot of learning to do. Every single rep is going to be vital for my success in the future.”

Ryan said he was pleased with how Smith responded to his harsh words last week.

“He’s ready to roll his sleeves up and get better” Ryan said.

As for that “brutal” practice Smith said he has moved on.

“Bad days happen” Smith said. “I don’t like to go back on the past but I’d have to say that was one of my worst days. You’ve got to move on from it. I have a short memory.”