Saturday Morning Quarterback: Jets Preseason Game 1

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Aug 10, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow (15) scrambles in the second quarter against Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Roddrick Muckelroy (56) at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-US PRESSWIRE

TIM TEBOW

Tim Tebow at times looked very good last night.  Tebow fans, you can pick your jaws off the ground now, because I said it.  Tebow looked good at times.  Especially when he gets in the open field.  He adds another weapon that the Jets didn’t have before, with his ability to run the football.  When the pocket broke down, he ran the ball, and did it effectively.  He led the team in rushing with 4 rushes for 34 yards.  If the defense is going to rush Tebow, Rex is right, they had better get to him or he will be off and running. I said to many readers on Twitter yesterday that I will give Tim credit for what he does well. And run the ball, he does that very well.

Sorry, but there is a but here. Tim has to be more consistent throwing the football. Some of his throws were good, some were quite off. Even when he made completions, the throws weren’t always great. His first throw, for example, the quick pass to Stephen Hill, was high. I don’t know if a smaller receiver makes the catch. And the interception he gave up clearly shows he needs to improve at reading defenses. In this league, you cannot stare down your wide receivers. The linebacker didn’t have a difficult time getting to Tim’s pass, because he knew where it was going. That has to get better.

One more thing on Tim. I love the fact that he can scramble, but he needs to be careful that his first instinct isn’t to run all the time. To be a quarterback in this league, you need to be able to look downfield when being pursued by a pass rush. Your first instinct cannot always be to run immediately when facing pressure.

MARK SANCHEZ

Mark didn’t look too bad in his three series, going 4-6 for 21 yards.  He had a tough time getting into a real rhythm, but you could attest a lot to the rough play of the offensive line, so you can’t take a great deal from that last night.  He did seem to start some good chemistry with Patrick Turner, who made 3 catches in a row on a drive.

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Topics: Alan Schechter, Bilal Powell, D'Brickashaw Ferguson, Damon Harrison, Jay Richardson, Jets Preseason, Jets Preseason Opener, Joe Mcknight, Mark Sanchez, NY Jets, Offensive Line, Patrick Turner, Quinton Coples, Rex Ryan, Tebow Interception, Tim Tebow

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