Jets coach Rex Ryan has made it official: there's still a legitimate quarterback competition on his team.

It was reported Wednesday that Smith who watched Mark Sanchez start the team's first two preseason games would have his opportunity to start Saturday vs. the Giants.

Ryan confirmed that to reporters Thursday saying “I think he's looked good. I'm excited to see him play.”

As for how long Smith will play Ryan said "I can't give you a definitive answer on that." Ryan also said Sanchez -- who has performed decently well in the preseason -- will participate.

Smith has had a rough preseason. He sprained his ankle in the team's first preseason game and according to reports he didn't look ready to return to practice just a few days later.

And last week Ryan said this after practice:

"It was brutal. It was Geno's worst day. I think and obviously the ankle's part of it but ... way too many picks and things. Did not look comfortable today. Obviously he has to come back from it he will come back from it. It was a bad day. Everybody we've seen it guys have bad days. But this was a really bad day for Geno.”

But reportedly Smith has improved in the past week or so.