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Jane McManus of The Journal News on the Jets.

Sanchez with the exclamation

August
14

Mark Sanchez got on the field for his first series of the game and got the call from offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer; go to David Clowney, all the way. Great, he thought, I come in off the bench and I’ll be shooting 3’s cold. He called the play, felt his mouthpiece fall to the turf and heard the laughter.

“First play, what an idiot,” he thought to himself and then launched the perfect long pass to Clowney who had covered half the field in a blink.

First play of Sanchez’ NFL career, a flawlessly orchestrated 48-yard pass to Clowney up the right sideline.

“I may have a different answer if it was incomplete or got picked,” Sanchez said, “but it worked out alright. and Clowney gave me a shot. It worked out exactly the way we wanted it.”

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The thing is, Kellen Clemens didn’t look bad. He evaded a sack and moved quickly out of bounds to gain a couple of yards. He made a block on an end around from Thomas Jones to Brad Smith that picked up 28 yards.

Sanchez’ line was 3-for-4 for 88 yards and a TD while Clemens was 4-for-4 for 24 yards, a sack and a FG. Clowney had three catches for 102 yards.

The Jets lost tonight to the Rams, 23-20, which really annoyed head coach Rex Ryan in his coaching debut. He also said that he wasn’t ready to declare a starter in the QB competition, not even for next week’s game against his former employer, Baltimore.

“I am under the understanding that he is going to make the decision once he is ready to make the decision,” Clemens said.

Punting: Reggie Hodges had 98 yards on two punts while TJ Conley had 77 yards on two.

Clowney’s touchdown dance to go up 20-16: “It’s just a Florida dance called the Wu-Tang. You can go on YouTube and see it. It’s just a Florida dance we do down south.”

That’s it to start. I’ll hit you with more audio and notes from the game tomorrow.

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Jane McManusJane McManus joined The Journal News in 1999, after working at The Daily News and Newsday. Since she's been here, she's covered everything from girls basketball to the Final Four, the U.S. Open of both golf and tennis and recreational sports from rock climbing to roller derby (which she liked so much she joined the team). READ MORE
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