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New York Jets will start Mark Sanchez for second straight preseason game

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A day after Rex Ryan described Geno Smith's practice performance as "brutal," the New York Jets unsurprisingly announced that Mark Sanchez will get a second straight start this preseason.

The veteran quarterback will start Saturday against the Jaguars.

Smith will still have two games after this week to impress whoever in the Jets organization is making the decision on the starting quarterback for the season opener, but Sanchez has a pretty nice opportunity to widen his lead.

Sanchez had one horrible mistake last week in an otherwise solid performance. On a screen pass on the first series, instead of throwing it away when his target got caught up at the line of scrimmage, Sanchez threw it right to defensive end Ziggy Ansah. Ansah picked it off and ran it back for a touchdown. But then Sanchez settled in. He finished 10-of-13 for 125 yards, with a touchdown and an interception. But that's the thing with Sanchez: A pick-six on one of his 13 throws isn't insignificant. He has to minimize mistakes to start reestablishing himself as a legitimate NFL quarterback.

Smith isn't healthy. He hurt his ankle against Detroit, and while he's valiantly practicing through it, Ryan said the ankle issue affected Smith in Wednesday's poor practice outing.

Now the rookie Smith will have to wait his turn for a second straight game while Sanchez tries to inch closer to starting when the games count.

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