The New York Jets lost to the Detroit Lions 26-17 in the preseason opener Friday night at Ford Field.
Jet fans might of turned the TV off after Mark Sanchez opened up the first drive with a pick six, something that has become too much of a norm when watching Sanchez. However, Sanchez responded after throwing the interception and ended up 10 of 13 for 125 yards and a touchdown. Sanchez showed signs of progress after the interception something Rex Ryan and the coaching staff had to be happy with.
Mark Sanchez will have to limit turnovers if he plans on winning the starting quarterback job.
For Geno Smith, the night ended early after rolling his ankle early in the 3rd quarter. Smith was 6-7 for 47 yards but never was really given a chance to throw the ball down the field. It will be interesting to see if Smith gets his chance to start in the next preseason game. Smith is optimistic about his ankle and says he wants to practice Monday. The x-rays were negative and showed no harmful damage.
The Jets first couple of drives were sloppy due to penalties. Guard Willie Colon went off-sides and was called for holding, both stalling drives. Kellen Winslow looked very good Friday night catching 2 balls for 30 yards and made a great play breaking up a pass from Mark Sanchez that would have been intercepted. If Winslow can stay healthy I see him playing a big role in the offense this season.
Rookie Dee Milliner looked good in his first action. Milliner broke up a pass in the end zone denying Patrick Edwards of a touchdown. Quinton Coples also batted down a pass from Matt Stafford. Coples is transitioning to outside linebacker.
The starters should see more time Saturday against Jacksonville. The starting quarterback for the game against Jacksonville has yet to be named.
The Jets will resume camp in SUNY Cortland before there next preseason game, home against Jacksonville on August 17.