All eyes will be on New York Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith and how he performs, on Saturday, August 24. It was reported by Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News that the rookie quarterback was named the starter for the Jets’ third preseason game against the New York Giants.
The player who starts the third preseason game usually indicates who will start on opening day, but not in this case. This move doesn’t mean that the Jets have come closer to making a decision on who will be the one under center for the season opener. This move was predictable because the franchise wants to see how the rookie performs, and Smith has been limited due to an ankle injury he suffered in the Jets’ first preseason game.
Although Smith has been limited in action, the second rounder still has an opportunity to win that starting quarterback job this weekend if he impresses the coaching staff. Mark Sanchez has performed well in training camp, but has shown his inconsistencies in two preseason games, making the types of errors that has made the organization and its fans grow tired of the turnover-prone quarterback’s play.
Sanchez has shown some positives; being able to move the offense and score touchdowns, but it’s his own fault that he hasn’t completely pulled away from the quarterback competition. In the Jets’ preseason opener against the Lions, Sanchez threw an interception to Lions rookie defensive end Ziggy Ansah who returned it for a touchdown. Against the Jaguars, Sanchez struggled in the end zone and threw a horrible interception on third and goal.
Unfortunately for Sanchez, those turnovers were too much of a reminder of how the past two seasons went horribly awry for the New York Jets.