Sanchez, Jets off to fast start; Tebow busy

September, 9, 2012
9/09/12
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Proving that what happens in the preseason really doesn’t matter, Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Jeremy Kerley for a 7-0 lead over the Bills with 6:02 left in the first quarter.

The Jets are slowly unveiling Tim Tebow’s role in the offense, in two Wildcat and two read-option plays. Tebow gained 14 yards in the first three plays under center. He was also used as a tight end/split on the first play of the game, but wasn’t targeted on the play.

Sanchez threw an interception to end the first series. He was scrambling left and flipped the ball forward to tight end Jeff Cumberland. The ball tipped off his hands and Bills linebacker Bryan Scott grabbed it. The Bills barely got halfway down the field before Darrelle Revis picked off a pass intended for Bills receiver Steve Johnson. When the Bills got the ball back after the Jets scored, Kyle Wilson intercepted the pass.

Fullback John Conner (knee), WR Patrick Turner (hamstring) and LB Bryan Thomas (hamstring) were injured in the first quarter and were announced as questionable to return. Conner, however, returned with less than two minutes to play in the quarter.

The Jets scored again seven seconds into the second quarter when Stephen Hill caught a 33-yard touchdown pass from Sanchez, giving the team a 14-0 lead.
Jane McManus has covered New York sports since 1998 and began covering football just before Brett Favre's stint with the Jets. Her work has appeared in Newsday, USA Today, The Journal News and The New York Times. Follow Jane on Twitter.

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