Coach Rex Ryan said Sanchez will start the preseason opener on Friday at Detroit. Luckily for Sanchez, it's a road game and the crowd might be friendlier to him than a Jets home crowd would be.
Rex at news conf: Mark Sanchez will start @ DET on Friday in preseason opener. Geno Smith will follow. Rex isn't sure of the playtime split.
— New York Jets (@nyjets) August 6, 2013
The New York Daily News reported Ryan said that Smith, a rookie second-round pick, will also see time with the first-team offense, which is interesting.
Smith has reportedly played mostly mistake-free football during camp. He hadn't thrown an interception in team drills until Tuesday, the Daily News said.
Sanchez hasn't been so mistake free, which drew the boos at the scrimmage this past weekend. Ryan said it wasn't a sure thing that Sanchez would start the preseason opener, but since the competition has been even, it "seemed like the natural thing" to go with Sanchez.
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