Ryan says "no question" Sanchez still Jets starter

Associated Press Modified: October 9, 2012 at 12:16 pm •  Published: October 9, 2012
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Sanchez had a chance to lead the Jets on a potential winning drive with 3 minutes left, but a pass to Jeff Cumberland tipped off the tight end's hands and right to Texans cornerback Kareem Jackson to end the comeback bid.

Sanchez also missed a shot at a big gain in the second quarter when he found a wide-open Antonio Cromartie, but his throw caused the cornerback, playing a few snaps at wide receiver, to drift as he caught it out of bounds.

"We had Cromartie beat his guy, about 3 or 4 yards behind a guy," Ryan said. "That's probably one throw we wish, Mark wishes that he had back."

The tipped passes at the line of scrimmage are cause for concern, and Ryan said the Jets need to do something "to maybe help him" during practice to prevent those types of miscues.

"It's really too bad," Sanchez said after the game. "That happened quite a bit tonight, so we've got to find a way to keep the defensive linemen's hands down."

Meanwhile, Tebow had a few moments in which he sparked the offense — but they were again few and far between. He ran for a first down on a fake punt, got the crowd fired up when he ran for 13 yards for a first down in the fourth quarter and nearly completed a nicely thrown deep pass that Jason Hill couldn't handle.

Other than that, Tebow's time was mostly spent on the sideline trying to keep himself mentally in the game. In a game in which many expected to see the popular backup in bunches, Tebow ended up playing just seven offensive snaps.

"I just want to be ready when my number is called and however I can help this team," said Tebow, who has repeated that line all season. "When I'm out there, I'm going to give my heart and soul on every single play."

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