The Jets’ offseason has been dominated by who is not with the team rather than who is.

Free agent quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and unhappy defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson were the hot topics this spring, as neither one was on the field for the Jets. The players’ absence, particularly Fitzpatrick’s, hung like a cloud over everything the Jets did this spring.

But there were other guys on the field for OTAs and last week’s minicamp. Here are some takeaways after watching those practices:


Geno Smith took all of the first-team reps with Fitzpatrick still on his couch waiting for a contract. Smith looked good in most of the practices open to the media. There were a few hiccups — most notably an interception to 310-pound nose tackle Steve McLendon — but overall the coaches had to be encouraged by what they saw from Smith.