Who Will Win the New York Jets' Starting Quarterback Battle?

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Who Will Win the New York Jets' Starting Quarterback Battle?
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The New York Jets' quarterback depth chart has thinned in recent weeks, igniting a two-man competition this offseason between rookie phenomenon Geno Smith and second-rate incumbent Mark Sanchez.

The team will move toward naming a signal-caller for the 2013 season through magnified analysis of each player performance during training camp and the preseason. The quarterback who makes the fewest mistakes, in turn, will likely win the battle and claim the role of Jets starting QB.

Certain critical factors will help dictate which player is delegated the responsibility of being behind center in Week 1, like the ability to execute the team's new offense. The Jets need a quarterback who can control the tempo of the game while maintaining possession and steadily moving the ball downfield.

Sanchez has failed miserably in that regard over the past two seasons but still stands a chance to overtake Smith. Both quarterbacks stare down the difficult task of learning a new offensive system; however, it's arguable that Smith is more likely to quickly succeed in OC Marty Mornhinweg's West Coast offense.

The following slideshow analyzes the Jets' quarterback battle and assesses which player will rise to claim the title of starting QB for the Green and White in 2013.

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