Sanchez OK as Jets rout Jaguars in exhibition
Mark Sanchez might have left the door open a bit for Geno Smith with another up-and-down performance for the New York Jets.
The Associated Press
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Mark Sanchez might have left the door open a bit for Geno Smith with another up-and-down performance for the New York Jets.
Blaine Gabbert, meanwhile, might have settled the Jacksonville Jaguars’ quarterback competition — as long as his thumb is OK.
Sanchez led the Jets on five scoring drives through three quarters in a 37-13 victory over the Jaguars on Saturday night. Trying to fend off Smith to keep his starting job, Sanchez threw a touchdown pass to Jeff Cumberland, but also had an interception at the goal line that cost New York a scoring opportunity.
Smith sat out with a sprained ankle, suffered in the exhibition opener last Friday at Detroit, leaving Sanchez to play the bulk of the game. Sanchez finished 13 of 23 for 169 yards for the Jets (1-1) before being replaced by Matt Simms in the fourth quarter.
Gabbert led the Jaguars (0-2) on two scoring drives and staked his claim to the Jaguars’ starting job before leaving with a sprained thumb in the second quarter. Gabbert was 13 of 16 for 165 yards and a touchdown to Allen Reisner before the injury.
At Bengals 27, Titans 19
Rookie running back Giovani Bernard started in place of BenJarvus Green-Ellis and carried seven times for 37 yards and a touchdown. He also turned a short pass into a 22-yard gain for Cincinnati (2-0). Andy Dalton was 9 of 14 for 115 yards, including a 2-yard TD pass to Mohamed Sanu.
Former Husky Jake Locker played the first half for Tennessee (0-2) and went 12 of 20 for 116 yards, but failed to get a touchdown. Tennessee’s kickers missed three straight field-goal attempts.
Receiver Kendall Wright — Tennessee’s first-round pick last season — injured his right knee.
At Cardinals 12, Cowboys 7
Jay Feely kicked field goals of 25, 53, 40 and 22 yards for Arizona (2-0). He missed one from 30. Dallas (1-2) committed six turnovers, five in the first half.
Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo completed 7 of 10 passes for 142 yards but was undone by two fumbles by his receivers. He also overthrew a wide-open Terrance Williams for what looked to be a sure touchdown.
Packers 19, at Rams 7
Aaron Rodgers got Green Bay (1-1) on the scoreboard for the first time in the exhibition season, but settled for six points after three productive drives.
Sam Bradford put up some nice numbers, going 8 for 12 for 156 yards, but had nothing to show for four possessions for St. Louis (0-2).
At Texans 24, Dolphins 17
Matt Schaub had a touchdown pass and backups Case Keenum and T.J. Yates both added a score to help Houston (2-0) beat Miami.
Ryan Tannehill looked sharp, throwing for 141 yards and a touchdown in just under a half of work for the Dolphins (1-2). But the offense took a blow when new tight end Dustin Keller suffered what may be a season-ending right-leg injury. Houston first-round pick receiver DeAndre Hopkins suffered a head injury.
• Buffalo quarterback EJ Manuel will miss the remainder of the exhibition season after an MRI revealed swelling in his left knee. Manuel will undergo a “minor knee procedure,” the Bills said.
• Cleveland Browns rookie outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo got out of the hospital after suffering a bruised lung.
• Oakland Raiders first-round cornerback D.J. Hayden was cleared for contact and will practice without limitations for the first time since a near-fatal heart injury almost ended his career.
• Chargers wide receiver Eddie Royal was taken off a practice field in an ambulance after landing hard on his back after making a catch. He has a bruised lung.