Sanchez impressive as Gang Green falls to St. Louis in preseason opener
It was only the first action he has seen as a pro, but Mark Sanchez showed the Jets faithful why he may the quarterback of the future.
Sanchez was efficient in his short stint, completing three of four passes(including a beautiful 48 yard bomb to David Clowney) and showed poise and maturity in the pocket. His counterpart, Kellen Clemens, fared equally as well, going four for four but also incurring a sack.
The game was a typical preseason affair in there are players who perform well that never make an impact once September rolls around. Clowney, on the other hand, may be the exception. He played well last August but suffered a season ending injury to his collarbone. If he can stay on the field, he should push Chansi Stuckey for the second wide receiver slot playing opposite Jerricho Cotchery.
Another aspect that stood out was the first look at the revamped defense now presided over by new coach Rex Ryan. The Jets showed multiple formations and consistently pressured the St. Louis quarterbacks, garnering four sacks in the process. The run defense, playing without injured NT Kris Jenkins, unfortunately did not look nearly as good, yielding 193 net yards to the Rams' rushers, including a 77 yard touchdown run by Samkon Gado.
All in all, though, it was a strong effort by Gang Green and they emerged unscathed in terms of anybody important getting hurt. Up next is Baltimore on 8/24, a significantly tougher task.
Sanchez may get the start there. Last night showed what many suspected: It's only a matter of time before the job officially becomes his.
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Written by Frank Mazzola