New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez seems to be in the lead to win the starting job and many of his teammates have come out in support of him, but at least one of his wide receivers is not afraid to acknowledge that the veteran quarterback really needs to step up his game if he wants to hang on to his job heading in to the season.
Braylon Edwards was speaking with the media after a training camp session at SUNY Cortland, when he said that Sanchez can’t continue to make mistakes like he has in the past unless he wants Geno Smith to take over as the leader on offense.
“It’s going to be a battle,” Edwards said. “Mark can’t make mistakes like he has in the past. Things have to be legit with Mark for him to be the starter because he has a legit guy knocking at the back door.”
Edwards has also noticed a bit of a fire in Smith and no signs of the rookie conceding the job.
“He’s not happy to be backing up Mark Sanchez,” Edwards said. “He’s here to start. You can tell with his leadership.”
While Sanchez appears to be in the driver’s seat heading in to the preseason, the team could very easily turn the offense over to Smith if Sanchez continues to be plagued by turnovers and butt fumbles early on in the process.