AND SO IT BEGINS: JETS KICK OFF OTA’S
Added by Justin O'Connell on May 23, 2013.
Mark Sanchez throws a pass during Jets OTA on Wednesday. (William Perlman/The Star-Ledger)
Its a new look, but is it a freshing look? The New York Jets have opened their OTAs and as usual there is a quarterback controversy and a variety of questions to be answered.
Mark Sanchez and Geno Smith will be battling each other for the starting position with Greg McElroy and Matt Simms competing for the 3rd string spot. Sanchez has a clear advantage being the veteran, but the fact that it is a new offense will help level it out. Neither player made a good impression to start, as Sanchez went 6-11 with three interceptions and Smith went 3-10 with one interception.
Anotonio Cromartie, Jaiquawn Jarrett, and even the big man, Damon Harrison had an interception on a screen pass, something that was an issue for Sanchez last season. Rex Ryan was not happy with either of his quarterbacks performances.
“This is OTAs and things, but that’s going to be the pressure we’re putting on him that this is unacceptable,” Ryan said. “Did a lot of great things, not that you try to cover up the fact that you had some bad plays, you flat tell him we can’t have these and all that type of stuff. He knows.”
Marty Mornhinweg’s offense will be pass driven, so both QBs will be given plenty of chances to prove their worth by the end of the training camp. Maybe the even bigger question will be who are either of these two going to throw the ball too.
Santonio Holmes is still rehabbing from his foot injury and Stephen Hill had knee swelling, even though a week ago he said he was 100 percent. Clyde Gates was out with a hamstring and Jordan White did not participate for an undisclosed reason. Jeremy Kerley was the only starter from last season to participate.
According to ESPNnewyork.com’s Rich Cimini, “Receiver Jeremy Kerley had a good day. He was featured due to the absences of Hill and Holmes. … Tight end Hayden Smith also made some nice catches.”
The Jets are going to have to find more receivers once players are cut during training camp, or they will be in the same situation as last season. With the wide receiver and quarterback positions in a continual struggle to excel, the Jets offense will have to rely heavily on the run game if they hope to succeed.
The Jets will have two open spots on their offensive line as well, as both the guard positions will need to be filled. The two vets Willie Colon and Stephen Peterman are going to have an edge over the competitions, but the ever-infamous Vladimir Ducasse and the rookie Brian Winters will not give them the positions so easily. Colon who has battled injuries the past few years, could provide the Jets immense help, if he can stay healthy. Winters was a steal in the third round for the Jets, and although he played tackle in college, a transition to guard should not be difficult for him.