Sanchez stars, Tebow flops in debut
August, 4, 2012
By Rich Cimini | ESPNNewYork.com
CORTLAND, N.Y. -- Quick takeaways from the Jets' controlled scrimmage, which drew an announced crowd of 9,200 in the SUNY Cortland stadium:
• QB Tim Tebow made his Jets debut, putting a charge into the crowd when he came on the field. But that was it. He was 0-for-3 with one sack, three rushes for 14 yards and a completion to Eric Smith as the up-back on a fake punt. It wasn't pretty for Tebow, but he worked exclusively with the second-team offense.
• After a slow start, starting QB Mark Sanchez rallied with a 60-yard touchdown drive, hitting third-down RB Bilal Powell for an 8-yard touchdown. Sanchez finished 11-for-16 for 82 yards, plus three sacks. All in all, this was a positive night for Sanchez, who played without three starters on the offensive line. Sanchez has outplayed Tebow in camp, and this was an extension of that.
• WR Santonio Holmes played only a few snaps and eventually left for the locker room with an undisclosed injury -- or injuries. Trainers wrapped his right knee and, later, they appeared to be working on his rib area. Stay tuned for an update. S LaRon Landry also may have suffered an injury.
• The prettiest play of the night was a 31-yard TD pass from fourth-string QB Matt Simms to Raymond Webber.