The Jets expect Geno Smith to start next week against the Buccaneers and are now adjusting their mind-sets he will be their starter going forward.

According to a source the Jets’ brass was leaning toward Mark Sanchez before he injured his shoulder but now believe they must go forward with Smith unless he is a total failure early in the season.

There have been multiple reports about Jets decision-makers preferring Smith regardless of the injury but a source said those reports are “totally made up.”

The competition between Sanchez and Smith was close all summer according to a person familiar with the Jets’ thinking. Smith came on strong early in training camp but the Jets still started Sanchez in the first preseason game an indication they were not ready to name Smith the starter. Smith injured his ankle in that game against the Lions and then regressed while dealing with the injury.

Against the Giants last week Sanchez appeared to have won the job until he injured his shoulder in the fourth quarter when Rex Ryan inexplicably put him in the game behind the second-team offensive line.

It has become clear in the last week Sanchez is highly unlikely to play next week against the Buccaneers according to a source. He has not been cleared to throw yet and there is a chance that clearance won’t come until next week or the week after meaning Sanchez would not be ready to play until Week 3 against the Bills.