East Rutherforrd, NJ, United States (4E Sports) – New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith turned the ball over three times in a preseason against the New York Giants Saturday night at MetLife Stadium, but his replacement Mark Sanchez got injured.
Smith was intercepted by Prince Amukamara, Stevie Brown and Justin Tuck in a span of 12 passes. The third occurred as a rookie mistake for Smith as he never saw Tuck drop into coverage on tight end Jeff Cumberland.
He completed 16 of 30 passes for 199 yards, including a 22-year touchdown pass to Ben Obamanu.
Smith’s mistake-filled performance would have opened the door for Sanchez to start on opening day, but the latter hurt his right shoulder on a hit by Marvin Austin.
Replacing Smith in the fourth quarter, Sanchez eluded two onrushing Giants to make a pass before being leveled by Austin. He left the game immediately and headed to the locker room for an X-ray.
Sanchez, who finished 5 of 6 for 72 yards, will have an MRI exam on his shoulder.
Coach Rex Ryan said he didn’t know the severity of the injury.
Ryan said he had planned to put Sanchez in the game, but many observed that Sanchez appears to rush through a warmup before running out onto the field.
Sanchez was also played behind a second-team offensive line, which allowed him to get hit several times.
During his postgame news conference, Ryan parried reporters who asked if the decision was irresponsible.
“We talked about the [quarterback] competition, and that was something that I felt was important. If it wasn’t important, then I wouldn’t have put him in there. I would not have put Mark in if it wasn’t important,” Ryan continued.