Photo: Mark Sanchez Opening Day
Mark Sanchez can take a deep breath after an impressive performance on Sunday. With backup Tim Tebow in the rear view mirror, Sanchez threw for 266 yards and three touchdowns in the Jets 48-28 over the Buffalo Bills.
If Sanchez slipped up and struggled then the New York and national media would be calling for Rex Ryan to start Tebow instead. There wasn’t a team covered more in the offseason than the New York Jets because of the presence of Tebow.
Tebow, who was traded by the Denver Broncos, saw some time on the field in several different roles. The Jets revealed a new offensive package with Tebow as quarterback and Sanchez split out wide as a wide receiver. In college football the offense is known as the spread, but it is called the “wildcat offense” in the NFL. Tebow didn’t throw a pass and ran five times for 11 yards.
Tebow also got some looks with the special teams units. He was part of the hands team and recovered an onside kick to clinch the win for the Jets.
Sanchez is the better thrower and will keep his job unless he starts playing poorly or the Jets start to lose.
Written by HS News Sportswriter: Nate Jacobson