Unlike last week in Detroit,
But then he cooled off in the second quarter and a pair of trips inside the visitors’ 10-yard-line ended with two Sanchez miscues and no points for the home club. Facing a third-and-goal from the 3, Sanchez forced a ball in the direction of
"It was a tight lane. Looking back on it, probably watching film, I might want to wait for Stephen (Hill) on the outside," said No. 6. "I think assessing the throw, I should’ve put it out in front of Kellen a little more and gave him a chance to make a better play on that one."
But the Jets were awarded a gift when return man Tobais Palmer muffed a
"That won’t happen again," Sanchez said. "That shouldn’t happen. I have to get rid of that ball sooner and not scramble. I know better than that and it won’t happen."
Remaining in the game to start the third stanza, the up and down Sanchez came back to lead the Jets to a pair of TDs and 17 points as New York’s AFC representative raced out on top for good. He hit veteran
Viewed as a golden opportunity for Sanchez (13-23-169-1TD-INT) to take a commanding lead in the QB race with Smith on the sideline, Sanchez had his moments. There were stretches of efficient, brilliant football, but there were also the lapses.
Smith, who was one of the best players on the Cortland playing fields early in camp, battled through most of the practices last week after he tweaked his ankle against the Lions. Mornhinweg told me that he didn’t consider that contest a true evaluation and that he still would like to turn the rookie loose and let him go play.
"Any chance I get to compete I’m going to try and take full advantage of it," said Smith after this contest. "Like I said, I got another week of practice coming up. So I’m going to go out there with the right mentality and try to win the job."
If Smith returns to 100%, then this fascinating QB race is still anybody’s ballgame.
"We’ll see how it goes," said head coach Rex Ryan. "We’re not willing to name a starting quarterback right now. Will we name one before the Giants game? I don’t know, but right now, we’re not comfortable making that decision.