The Jets' quarterback competition could get a lot clearer if Sanchez has a good game. The veteran needs to have a good showing while his competitor is banged up, and this game is the perfect opportunity.
On the other side, the Jaguars also have a quarterback competition. Eugene Frenette of Jacksonville.com reported that Blaine Gabbert will start at quarterback. Chad Henne will also be looking to make an impression on coach Gus Bradley.
This will be a battle of one team that will be heavily watched and scrutinized against a team that most of the country has not heard much about.
Here's a look at when and where you can catch the game, followed by an injury report for both squads and who to watch for on Saturday night.
When: Saturday, August 17, 8:30 p.m. ET
Where: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
Watch: NFL Network
Listen: Online at NFL Audio Pass
Betting Line (via Covers)
Spread: New York Jets (-2.5)
Both teams struggle to move the football. The quarterback competitions will interrupt the offensive flows, but the Jets are more likely to establish a rhythm if Smith sits this one out. It would be easy to take the under, but nobody knows what to expect out of these quarterbacks.
Injury Report (via ESPN.com)
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Jaguars Player to Watch: Maurice Jones-Drew
Jacksonville fans will be hoping to see Jones-Drew run effectively during his time on the field. The goal will be to get out of the game healthy.
The Jaguars don't have an answer at quarterback, so they need Jones-Drew to be healthy this season. If they don't have a running game, there won't be much optimism this season in Jacksonville.
Jones-Drew has rushed for over 7,000 yards and had over 2,500 receiving yards in eight seasons. He has been a big part of the team's offense for a long time, and the Jaguars need him to show that he can still run the football.
Jets Player to Watch: Mark Sanchez
There's really nobody else in the league under as much pressure as Sanchez. He is trying to hold off a rookie who is gunning for his job.
Preseason games are often overrated in importance, but Sanchez can't afford to have a poor showing. The fans in New York are already hoping Smith can win the job after having to watch Sanchez struggle the majority of his career.
It's unclear what Smith's status is for this game. If he's out, all eyes will be on Sanchez. He would likely get more playing time than he would have if Smith played.
Coach Ryan will be rooting for Sanchez to put on a good show. Sanchez can help himself out with a strong performance, and he can try to lock up the starting job.