Mark Sanchez to start Jets Pre-Season Opener

New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan announced Tuesday that Mark Sanchez will be the starting quarterback on Friday night when the Jets open up their preseason schedule against the Lions in Detroit.

When asked why the decision was made to go with Sanchez over rookie quarterback Geno Smith, Ryan simply said, “It seemed like the natural thing to do.”

“We’ll put our ones out,” Ryan said. “The preseason doesn’t end after this first preseason game. We’ll take it through as much as possible. We said it was going to be an equal competition and there is going to be a competition and that’s exactly what it is.”

Although Sanchez will be starting the game on Friday night in Detroit, Ryan did say that Geno Smith would also see time with the first team offense.

Ryan said he has yet to decide how many snaps each quarterback would take during the opener.


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