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Will launch of Wildcat be blastoff moment for Jets' offense?

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The Jets' much-vaunted "Wildcat" formation remains under wraps.

The Jets didn't run a single Wildcat play during the first three exhibition games and won't do so in the preseason finale against the Eagles, which means the entire world will have to wait until the regular season opener against the Bills Sept. 9 to see -- or not see -- how the Jets will utilize Tim Tebow.

"Listen, that's assuming we're even going to do any of this stuff, OK?" offensive coordinator Tony Sparano told reporters Tuesday. "Just because we have a player in the building here that's had some history running the football -- not really in the Wildcat, by the way -- does not necessarily mean that's exactly what it is that we're going to do."

Sparano, of course, has the much more experience with the formation. He was part of the NFL craze, introducing Ronnie Brown and the Dolphins' stable of backs as reinvented dual-threats in the backfield with the direct-snap offense.

The secrecy surrounding the Wildcat is ironic, considering Rex Ryan has spoke openly about the ability to run the formation with Tebow in the fold.

"We don't talk about reads or anything about any one play," Tebow told reporters. "Guys just don't do that, so I don't think it's any different."

"Coach Sparano thinks it's a good idea, so I think it's a good idea," starting quarterback Mark Sanchez said of the Wildcat secrecy. "Sorry, I'm not trying to be a jerk. I'm sorry."
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