The media was allowed to watch the New York Jets' first OTA practice on Thursday. The overreaction to what they saw came soon thereafter.
Tebow picked off by Bart Scott and Yeremiah Bell about 2 minutes apart in OTAs. Sanchez lengthening lead in Jets QB derby.
- Gary Myers (@garymyersNYDN) May 24, 2012
Oh boy. Maybe it's just because I live in New York and follow so many of the great Jets beat writers, but I read about Tebow's practice struggles about 10 times in two minutes. (I also learned that Urban Meyer was in the house watching.) Around the League has talked about the dangers of drawing too many conclusions from OTAs, and that notion really applies when we try to draw conclusions from the first 30 minutes of the offseason.
If you think the overreaction is bad now, just wait until training camp or the regular season. (Mark Sanchez knows what we are talking about.)
Soon after news of the Tebow interception spree broke, the Jets switched to special-teams drills. I then learned 10 times that Tebow was heavily involved. We give Rich Cimini credit for taking the right sarcastic tone in evaluating the move:
Tebow looks great covering punts. A natural born personal protector. #Jetsâ Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) May 24, 2012
UPDATE: Your final "Tebow vs. Sanchez, Day 1" overreaction stats:
By an unofficial count, Sanchez took 17 snaps in 11-on-11s, 7-for-14 with a TD. Tebow took 9 snaps, 6-for-10. #nyj
- Jenny Vrentas (@JennyVrentas)May 24, 2012
UPDATE II: This is from Sanchez's agent. Wow.
No offense media, but of course Sanchez is going to out perform Tim T. Mark is a franchise quarterback and Tim is a great athlete.â Brian Murphy (@A1Murph) May 24, 2012