With the beginning of the 2013 NFL season just days away, it’s still very unclear who will start at quarterback for the New York Jets in their season opener. Mark Sanchez is clearly Rex Ryan‘s first choice, but his status is still day-to-day after suffering a bruised shoulder in the team’s third preseason game. Behind him, the Jets have a several options: Graham Harrell, Greg McElroy, Matt Simms and Geno Smith. Of all the options, Smith figures to be the most likely of the group to get the nod in week one, but he says that the team hasn’t mentioned starting to him.
Smith is of course dealing with an ankle injury he suffered in the team’s preseason opener and as a result he’s had to stay on the sidelines and lose out on valuable playing time. But after an entire offseason, it seems that Sanchez is still the man for the job, if he can go. There were reports of Smith looking better than Sanchez at points during training camp, but the consensus seems to be that the rookie QB isn’t quite ready yet.
Ryan and Jets are probably hoping like heck Sanchez can get back in time for the opener, so they don’t have to make the tough decision on who to start in his place. As much as I think Smith would benefit from being thrown in the fire week one, if he’s not ready, he’s not ready. The last thing the Jets want to do is trot him out there and just watch him get killed.
I believe the Sanchize will tough it out and be ready for week one. But if he can’t suck it up, New York might as well turn to their second round pick and start getting ready for the future.