No matter what Jets head coach Rex Ryan is willing to say publicly, the Jets have a quarterback battle on their hands. Mark Sanchez might be the starter for now, but he is struggling to complete passes in camp with no pads. According to Manish Mehta on Twitter, Sanchez completed 10 of his 27 passes at one day of camp, and Tebow completed 11 of 17.
Here comes some over-analyzation.
I don’t care much for minicamp stats, training camp stats, or what have you, but these are pretty interesting numbers from Sanchez’s standpoint. You really shouldn’t be throwing many incomplete passes whatsoever at non-contact, half speed minicamp, unless you are really unfamiliar with offensive terminology or concepts.
I have always been a huge believer in Tim Tebow, and a huge skeptic of Mark Sanchez. I’ve never seen anything special from Sanchez on the field save for his appearances in the AFC title game for two years. I can’t take any of that away from Sanchez, but I certainly believe that Tebow is a better player right now, and not because of minicamp stats.
If the Jets start to flirt with Tebow getting some first team reps, I think the Sanchez era in New York will be over sooner than many initially thought. I guess I don’t really buy the fact that the Jets want to use Tebow on punt coverage either, because that is just a stupid idea.
Reportedly, Tebow is up to 250 pounds roughly from his playing weight which in Denver was around 235 or 240. The guy couldn’t get much bigger, could he?
Regardless, I think the Jets’ initial plan of using Tebow as a wildcat could turn into much more, especially when they see what kind of magic he brings on the field every week. This isn’t about practice, more of my opinion of the situation in general, but the pressure could be getting to Sanchez. You never know.