Jets QB Mark Sanchez To Start Vs. Jaguars

Discussion in 'New York Jets' started by Sweets, Aug 15, 2013.

  1. Sweets

    Sweets New Member

    The team announced Thursday that Sanchez will start Saturday's preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Sanchez also started the preseason opener against the Detroit Lions.

    The decision caps an ugly week for rookie passer Geno Smith, who tossed four interceptions in 11-on-11 and 7-on-7 drills during Wednesday's practice. Coach Rex Ryan called it a "brutal" outing and acknowledged the "possibility" that Smith's nagging right ankle might force the rookie to sit out the Jaguars tilt.

    Even after Smith's disastrous session, the rookie's practice totals -- 70-of-124 passing, 10 touchdowns, five interceptions -- were nearly a mirror image of what Sanchez -- 71-of-125 passing, 10 touchdowns, four picks -- has produced during his fifth NFL training camp.

    The Jets would be wise to make a decision sooner than later, but that won't happen, Ryan has been tethered to Sanchez, for better or worse, since 2009, but new general manager John Idzik handpicked Smith to put an end to the problems under center.


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