Saturday, August 4, 2012
Sanchez outshines Tebow in scrimmage
By James Walker
CORTLAND, N.Y. -- It was clear who was the people's choice at quarterback during the New York Jets' scrimmage Saturday night. You can hear fans yelling "Tebow! Tebow! Tebow!" at different points of the night from the crowd of 9,200.
But Jets starting quarterback Mark Sanchez looked unfazed by Tebow's big reception and huge cheers. Instead, Sanchez did the talking with his arm.
Sanchez had a very good outing, completing 11-of-16 passes and a touchdown in New York's first team-wide scrimmage. Sanchez was decisive and accurate. One of his five incompletions was a drop by receiver Santonio Holmes, who injured his ribs during the scrimmage.
The performance creates separation and some breathing room for Sanchez, who can definitely use it. Sanchez clearly looked like the better quarterback on this day, as the Jets prepare for next week's preseason opener against the Cincinnati Bengals.
"It was good for us to get moving again and see things full speed. ... It was more like a game and we keep inching closer to that," said Sanchez, who felt good about his performance.
Meanwhile, Tebow struggled. He was 0-for-3 with two bobbled snaps. Tebow did put together a couple of nice runs. But overall New York’s offense looked shaky when Tebow was under center. To be fair, Tebow played with the second-team offense, while Sanchez played for the first team.
But Tebow didn't show much during this scrimmage to worry Sanchez. He didn't complete a pass, although his first deep ball was a good one that just missed backup receiver Dexter Jackson.
Still, no player received more cheers on the night than Tebow. After Sanchez's first drive ended and Tebow's second-team offense entered the game, Tebow received the loudest ovation of the night.
"It felt great," Tebow said after the scrimmage. "You have a lot of great, passionate fans out here."
Sanchez is not the people's champ, but he was by far the better quarterback in this scrimmage. Sanchez needs more outings like Saturday's to prevent a quarterback controversy and keep Tebow Nation at bay.