New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez is currently out for Week 1 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and it would be an absolute shock to see Sanchez out there. His shoulder injury is reportedly more serious than the Jets are indicating, and the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that the Jets “internal fear” is that Sanchez might be out for longer than Week 1. While that’s not a statement that would portray significant pessimism for Sanchez, ESPN New York’s Rich Cimini believes that Sanchez’s injury is quite serious and both he and Rapoport point to Quinn’s signing as reason to believe Sanchez’s injury is more serious than previously thought.
I personally view Quinn’s signing as just the Jets trying to shuffle what they have deep on the QB depth chart and don’t relate that signing to Sanchez’s injury. However, it does seem like Sanchez’s shoulder injury is severe, and Cimini went as far to tweet that he “wouldn’t be shocked” if Mark Sanchez were cut or put on the injured reserve as a result of the injury. Geno Smith is definitely going to get the start in Week 1, and I think we’ll see Smith get at least a couple of more starts beyond the Bucs game.
The New England Patriots and New York Jets square off in Week 2, and it looks like the Patriots will be facing Geno Smith instead of Mark Sanchez. It also looks like the Patriots will have to face off against Santonio Holmes, who is the only Jets receiver capable of being a legitimate playmaking threat (Stephen Hill still isn’t there yet).
According to Rich Cimini, Santonio Holmes is at practice today and “looks fine”, and it seems like Holmes is ready to play in Week 1 against the Bucs. Even if he isn’t, I would be surprised if Holmes was absent for the rivalry game against the Patriots. While he continues to say he still isn’t fully healthy and looks like the type of guy willing to mail it in, Holmes should still be able to suit up against the Pats (and Bucs) and is somebody that the Patriots will have to account for.