The Jets could take a page out of the 49ers playbook this season to get Geno Smith on the field as a rookie. Rex Ryan admitted on Wednesday that “a possibility” that Smith could be used in specialized packages if Mark Sanchez wins the quarterback competition much like San Francisco did with Colin Kaepernick early last season before he supplanted Alex Smith.

“I know what everybody’s thinking if we did that: ‘Oh, didn’t we try that last year,’” Ryan said, alluding to the failed Tim Tebow Wildcat experiment. “Again, certainly that’s a possibility. To probably make assumptions now probably isn’t the thing to do. But we’ll let this thing work out and pan out and we’ll see.”

Ryan injected Smith, who will take the first-team reps in the second day of mini-camp on Thursday, into the conversation of mobile young quarterbacks on Tuesday even though the former West Virginia star wasn’t successful on designed runs in college.

“I think he’s got the athleticism to do that,” Ryan said. “They really didn’t run a whole of different zone-reads and different things… But he has the skill set to where there’s no reason he shouldn’t be able to do that.”

“With that being said, I think you have to be smart about what you ask your quarterbacks to do,” Ryan added. “Or you’re going to need to have a whole bunch of them. I think that’s the way people are going to start attacking the quarterbacks.”