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Three quick takes on the New York Jets:
1. Mark Sanchez can end the quarterback debate after two games. Sanchez sent Jets fans' hearts atwitter in his preseason debut last week. He trotted off the sideline in relief of Kellen Clemens, completed his first pass for 48 yards and orchestrated a 93-yard touchdown drive. Sanchez will make his first NFL start Monday night against the Baltimore Ravens. If Sanchez can hold his own against the Ravens' first-string defense, then Jets coach Rex Ryan -- the former Ravens defensive coordinator who holds his old unit in high regard -- will need no more convincing on who his quarterback should be.
2. The Jets' secondary has the personnel to be sublime. All four starters in the base defense have shown they can be playmakers, and Ryan's defense unleashes them to do their thing. Left cornerback Darrelle Revis, entering only his third season, already is among the league's best pass defenders. Right cornerback Lito Sheppard doesn't have the best coverage skills, but if quarterbacks test the two-time Pro Bowler too much, he can burn them. With safety Kerry Rhodes on the prowl, opponents have to worry about him blitzing and in coverage. New safety Jim Leonhard showed last year in Baltimore he always will be around the ball.
3. The Jets will regret not landing a receiver. Jets fans have pined for every notable receiver who has been said to be available -- Brandon Marshall, Anquan Boldin, Braylon Edwards, et al. Draft analysts were sure they'd pick up a receiver, maybe Percy Harvin. They could've had Terrell Owens. The Jets didn't get any of them, but they reportedly still are trying to find help with opening day just three weeks away. The Jets needed to upgrade their receiving corps before they let Laveranues Coles walk. In addition to Jerricho Cotchery, they hoped they could make do with Chansi Stuckey, David Clowney, Brad Smith and Wallace Wright. But the front office apparently isn't comfortable with that crew and keeps looking to swing a trade.