Cheer:Mark Sanchez squashed any notion of a quarterback controversy in the Big Apple with an efficient performance on Saturday night. New York's gunslinger now sets his sights on next Friday night's preseason contest at the Cincinnati Bengals. With so many doubt and cynicisms surrounding Sanchez's future as the starting quarterback No. 6 proved to be a steady contributor taking command of the offensive unit and leading them on a touchdown scoring drive. Rex Ryan's defense produced pressure upfront, while communicating signals in the secondary with precision. New York's rookie class got their first taste of live NFL game action, an important step with the Jets counting on their draftees to make a significant impact this upcoming season.
Jeer:Not only did Tim Tebow struggle in his Jets' intrasquad debut, but New York' top wideout Santonio Holmes left the game with an apparent rib injury. X-rays would later reveal no structural damage to Holmes' ribcage with the team listing him as day-to-day. Gang Green's receiving corps has been plagued with minor nicks and pains during training camp as Jeremy Kerley, Chaz Schilens, Stephen Hill and Holmes have all experienced hamstring tightness at one point or another over the past week. The Jets dodged a bullet with Holmes who they could ill afford to lose with an inexperienced and injury riddled crop of receivers filling out New York's depth chart. While Mark Sanchez and Holmes seem to have rekindled the chemistry that propelled the Jets to the AFC title game in 2010, the quarterback-receiver duo will have to put their plans on hold until No. 10 can make a full recovery.
Well, you'd love to have your number one guy out there, your big gun out there," said head coach Rex Ryan of wide receiver Santonio Holmes' performance. And he looked good today. Clearly, you saw that him and (Mark) Sanchez connected several times, but it's not ideal but you've just got to play the hand that's dealt to you. "
"It would be just rhythm and timing, just in our passing game," admitted Tebow of what he needs to improve on. "Just in understanding Coach Sparano's timing, the rhythm, from hitch to hitch, the check-down and getting that. I think that's what I will continue to work on because it's something that I've done less of in my career."
"It was good for us to just get moving again and to see things at full speed without defensive coaches and players standing in the secondary waiting for their reps like in a regular practice, without guys behind you and coaches right behind you to talk to, said Sanchez of Saturday's scrimmage preparing him for the upcoming season. "It was more like a game and we keep inching closer to that."