Put the red jerseys away.
Tonight the Jets quarterbacks will have their road whites on an invitation for defenders to come after them and take their best shot. After four months of wearing the red jerseys which signify no contact the Jets quarterback competition goes live tonight against the Lions.
Mark Sanchez gets the first crack with the starters but coach Rex Ryan said rookie Geno Smith will get some plays with the first team too. It’s unlikely anything will be decided tonight but one of the quarterbacks can gain some separation.
Ryan said he’s curious to see how the quarterbacks respond in a real-game situation. The Jets coaches have not seen how Smith reacts when a defensive lineman cracks him in the mouth. They could find out tonight.
“I think you learn a lot” Ryan said. “Now obviously in college they get hit too but they’re going to get hit in this league. There’s no question about it so we’ll see how they react. [And] that’s something I’ve said that we really haven’t se...