Three things we learned on Day 8

August, 2, 2012
CORTLAND, N.Y. -- A quick take on Thursday at the Jets:

1. The President isn't high on the QB situation. No, we're not referring to Neil Glat, the Jets' president. We're talking about President Obama, who, as a guest on an Ohio sports station, threw shade on the Mark Sanchez-Tim Tebow dynamic. Obama said he's not a fan of QB controversies at the start of the season, adding that Jets fans "should be nervous." Maybe he would have a different opinion if he had seen Tebow in the Wildcat. Me? I can't wait for Rex Ryan's response Friday.

2. Taking one for the team. Predictably, Sanchez took the high road when asked about the prospect of Tebow serving as the goal-line quarterback. What did you expect him to say, that he hates it? Sanchez has to be on board with the entire Tebow experiment; if he shows the slighest hint of skepticism, the whole thing blows up. All eyes will be on Sanchez. That's a lot of pressure.

3. A sleeper in the backfield. Bilal Powell, coming off a nondescript rookie season, is showing why the Jets used a fourth-round pick on him. He's having a nice camp, even getting some reps with the first team. If he keeps it up, he could leap-frog Joe McKnight on the depth chart, backing up Shonn Greene. Powell also has a chance to win the third-down job because he's better than McKnight in pass protection. Ryan made a great point about Powell: His pattern, based on his career at Louisville, is to start slow and finish strong. Maybe the Jets are seeing the upside in Year 2.

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter



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