"The preseason doesn't end after this first preseason game," Ryan said. "We'll take it through as much as possible, we said this is going to be equal competition and it is going to be a competition and I think that's exactly what it is."
It's an expected decision by the team. Sanchez is the veteran incumbent set to earn $8.5 million this season. He's expected to beat out the rookie, which explains why Sanchez will get the first chance to make an impression.
That said, don't be surprised if Smith starts the Jets' second preseason game next Saturday against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The starter the following week -- on Aug. 24 against the New York Giants -- likely will be the quarterback who takes the field Sept. 8 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.The Around The League Podcast is now available on iTunes! Click here to listen and subscribe.