Rex Ryan looks at Geno Smith and sees an improving player. Really, he does.

"I've seen him improve in a lot of areas," the New York Jets coach said Wednesday. "Statistically, it doesn't jump off the chart, but I know he's getting better. ... I think the young man has a very bright future."

No, the numbers don't jump off the chart. The rookie is the lowest-rated passer in the NFL with a 62.9 mark, but his coach noted four areas of specific improvement:

1. Accuracy: Smith has completed 58 percent of his attempts over the past two games, slightly higher than his season percentage (55).

2. Mobility: Ryan said Smith has "used his legs better than he has at any point." In fact, he has rushed for 94 yards and a touchdown in the past two games.

3. Footwork: This is hard to quantify. We'll have to take Ryan's word for it.

4. Ball security: Smith, who had fumbling issues early in the season (remember the Behind-the-Butt Fumble?), has gone three straight games without a fumble. But the interceptions remain a problem. He's up to 21, having thrown a pick in 12 of 14 games.