New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan officially announced rookie Mark Sanchez as their starting quarterback. Sanchez will be the first rookie QB to start the season opener for the organization since Dick Jamieson in 1960, back when they were known as the New York Titans. “I feel that the best move for our franchise and our team is to go with Mark as our quarterback,” Ryan said Wednesday. “I think Mark gives us the best opportunity to win.”
It was only possible for the Jets to select Sanchez through trading up in the draft. This off-season they signed the former USC standout to a five-year deal that could be worth up to $60 million($28 million guaranteed). In last week’s preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens, Sanchez completed just 3 of 8 passes for 43 yards.
During his debut he was welcomed to the NFL by veteran Ray Lewis with a hit to the stomach, causing him to toss up an interception. “Not obviously the way you want to start. I thought I was doing the right thing; I felt Ray come free on the right side from the protection,” said Sanchez. “I was checking it down to the flat, perfect. Haloti just jumped right in front of the ball and made a really athletic play.”
Sanchez and the Jets are scheduled to face off against the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles before kicking off the regular season against the Houston Texans on Sunday, September 13th at Reliant Stadium.
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