Second and 14 from the Jets 27. Sanchez is set up in the shotgun, one receiver to the left that motioned from outside to close to the line. Two receivers are set up right, and one back next to Sanchez. Sanchez takes the snap, and a five step drop. He finds nobody open, tries to step up, but is sacked. This one is on Sanchez, as he held the ball too long. He’s got to find someone, get rid of it, or throw it away, and not hold the ball nearly that long.
Third and 16 from the Jets 25. On the ensuing play, Sanchez is again working in the gun, same formation. Mark takes a quick three step drop, and hits Patrick Turner in the hands on a slant route, but Turner drops it. You have to make the catch there, as the throw was good, and there were yards after the catch to be had.
First and 10 from the Giants 45. Following the LaRon Landry interception, the Jets are in business in Giants territory. One receiver to the left, one to the right, and two backs with Sanchez under center. Mark takes a five step drop, hits a checkdown in the center of the zone for 7 yards to Shonn Greene. This one you could make an argument that Mark checked down too fast, as it appeared that someone was open over the middle about 10-15 yards deeper, but still a positive play on first down.
First and 10 from the Jets 46. Following the Aaron Maybin blocked punt, the Jets are set up with five wide. Sanchez is in the gun, three receivers left, two right. Mark takes the snap, drops back 3 steps. Wayne Hunter basically watches Justin Tuck run past him for a quick sack on Sanchez (play nullified by an offsides penalty).
First and 10 from the Giants 40. The Jets are set up in a tight formation with two backs in the I behind Sanchez, and one receiver set to the right. Mark takes the snap, runs a play action fake, drops back 7 steps, hits John Conner in the flat who takes it and runs for an eight yard gain. A safe play, but well designed, for positive yardage on first down.
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