Mark Sanchez named New York Jets Starter

Aug 26, 2009

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One of the most visible Quarterback battles has been resolved as Rex Ryan and the New York Jets have opted to go with Rookie Mark Sanchez as their starter for Week 1.  After they traded up to get Mark Sanchez, and paid his hefty Rookie contract, this news should come as no surprise.  Matt Ryan and Joe Flacco had very successful Rookie seasons last year, and everybody knows this is a copycat league. 

I would expect his fantasy numbers to look more like Joe Flacco’s than Matt Ryan.  Sanchez doesn’t quite have the weapons that Ryan had last year with Roddy White, Michael Jenkins,the power running of Michael Turner, and the speedy Jerious Norwood.  Jerricho Cotchery is solid, but he’s no Roddy White.  Chansi Stuckey and David Clowney have a chance to be decent, but they aren’t as far along as even Michael Jenkins was last year.  He does have a couple nice safety valves in Dustin Keller and Leon Washington.  The Jets, however, should have a much better Defense than Atlanta did.  They will rely on that and the running game, something Rex Ryan witnessed working swimmingly firsthand with Baltimore last year.

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  1. Rad
    August 26th, 2009 at 12:03 pm #

    Hey Les,

    I wrote about the same thing today. I still feel that Sanchez should be held out until at least next season, but you make a great point that this is a copycat league.

    The D has looked good and the running game should be solid, why not let Clemens play while Sanchez learns? I’m hoping he lights it up, but it’ll be tough for Rex if he struggles in those first few games.

    Good stuff man

  2. LestersLegends
    August 26th, 2009 at 12:29 pm #

    I can go either way. Maye they don’t feel Clemens can make the plays they need to if they need to throw to win. Maybe it’s just to appease the NY fans and media. There is no real formula. Some learn on the fly and some learn on the bench.

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