Mark Sanchez and his glorious headband faced a challenge from rookie quarterback Geno Smith entering the preseason, but the veteran signal-caller has slowly but surely been pulling away with the New York Jets starting quarterback job.
Sanchez has clearly been the better player during the team’s two preseason games, despite a pick-six in his opening throw of the preseason, but it didn’t help the rookie any that he suffered an ankle injury that may have lead to some struggling in practices the following week.
While all signs point to Sanchez winning the starting job, head coach Rex Ryan says that the competition is not yet complete.
“This competition is not complete,” Ryan said, via the New York Daily News. “When it is, when we feel like we have enough information, then we’ll make our decision. We’re not going to get into who’s ahead, who’s not. I’ll say right now the competition is not complete. There’s still time to make that decision.”
If Sanchez can keep the gap between himself and Smith in the third preseason game, it wouldn’t be a surprise to hear Ryan finally declare him the starer.