Five things to know from Jets-Giants game

The New York Jets came into their annual preseason game against

the Giants hoping to gain some clarity in their quarterback

competition.

It suddenly got more muddled.

Rookie Geno Smith was spotty, at best, in a turnover-filled

performance in the Jets’ 24-21 overtime victory Saturday night.

Even worse, Mark Sanchez injured his right shoulder late in the

game – playing behind an offensive line of backups.

That leaves the Jets right where they were: unsure who their

quarterback will be when the regular season begins Sept. 8 against

Tampa Bay.

”Like we’ve said,” coach Rex Ryan said, ”whenever we think

the appropriate time is, we’ll make that call.”

They’re running out of time. And now, they could be down one

quarterback, depending on results of an MRI exam on Sanchez’s

shoulder Sunday.

The Giants have concerns about their offense, too, especially

because it was considered the team’s strength coming in. But Eli

Manning & Co. struggled a bit against the Jets after a quick

score.

”We really didn’t have anything to help us on the offensive

side of the ball,” coach Tom Coughlin said. ”The one thing that’s

very disappointing to me is where we are offensively and the fact

that we, in all three areas, were obviously not all doing what we

need to do in order to give ourselves a chance to win.”

Here are five things we learned from the game:

1. REX ON THE SPOT: If Sanchez’s injury is serious, the heat on

Ryan will rise.

Smith got three-plus quarters of action after missing the last

preseason game with an ankle injury. Then Matt Simms, competing for

the No. 3 job, was warming up. Instead, Ryan wanted Sanchez to get

into the game in the fourth quarter – despite appearing to be in

good shape for the starting job.

”That was my decision,” Ryan said, later adding: ”I

understand being second-guessed when an injury happens. Certainly I

understand that. But that’s football.”

Sanchez rolled out under heavy pressure and completed a 23-yard

pass to Mohamed Massaquoi before having his right shoulder slammed

into by Marvin Austin. The team had no immediate word on the nature

or severity of the injury. The Jets said the quarterback had

already left MetLife Stadium – despite his clothes still hanging in

his locker.

”I would not have put Mark in there if it wasn’t important,”

Ryan said.

2. RAW GENO: If the Jets learned anything, it might have been

that Smith isn’t ready for prime time.

Smith got his first NFL start and didn’t exactly light it up. He

finished 16 of 30 for 199 and a touchdown to Ben Obomanu, but the

turnovers were indicative of an inexperienced rookie who needs

work.

”I don’t do grades, but overall I think this is just a learning

experience for me,” Smith said. ”Lots of teaching tape.”

Ryan got testy when asked repeatedly if Smith can still win the

starting job, turning his back to the podium at one point.

”I can say anything I want,” he said. ”That’s the beauty of

this country. I’ll stand backwards and answer the question. I’m

going sideways. We’ll make the announcement when I think it’s the

appropriate time.”

3. WORKHORSE WILSON: The Giants cut Ahmad Bradshaw in the

offseason, but David Wilson was unproven, despite some flashes last

season.

Wilson has answered those concerns in a flash. The speedy

second-year running back had an 84-yard touchdown run on the

Giants’ first offensive play, and in limited opportunities this

preseason has shown he can break big plays and not fumble.

4. OFFENSIVE OFFENSE: Third downs have been a bad spot for the

Giants in the preseason. They went 3 of 18 in those situations

against the Jets after going 3 of 15 last week against

Indianapolis, leaving them 6 of 33 in the last two games.

What’s more, the offense has posted just two touchdowns in three

exhibition games.

”I know we can correct things and we have guys who want to do

it correctly, and sometimes you have games where it’s just tough

and you’re going against a good defense,” Manning said.

One bright spot other than Wilson was the play of first-round

pick Justin Pugh, who made his first start at right tackle and held

his own, other than allowing one second-half sack.

5. OK ON D: The Jets had a horrific start, allowing Wilson’s

scamper on the first play from scrimmage, but tightened up from

that point.

They frustrated Manning and the first-team offense the rest of

the way, including stopping the Giants on four straight plays near

the goal line just before halftime.

Meanwhile, the Giants caused five turnovers and have allowed 57

points in three games. But they also were called for four straight

penalties that aided the Jets’ first scoring drive.

”It’s not good football,” Coughlin said. ”They’re out there

on the field and they do have to control themselves in that

environment. This is our third preseason game. That’s probably

something that we’re not going to be really happy about when we

look at the tape.”

There are also injury concerns as safety Stevie Brown, who led

the team with eight interceptions last season, left with a sprained

left knee after picking off Smith in the first quarter. Backup

cornerback Jayron Hosley sprained an ankle.

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