It took the Jets more than 13 quarters to score their first touchdown of the preseason.
The wait was much shorter this time around. Mark Sanchez threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Jeremy Kerley with six minutes left in the first quarter to grab a 7-0 lead. It is the first touchdown of any kind by members of the Jets starting offense as it was a ragtag group that tasted the end zone against the Eagles in the final preseason contest.
On their way to the end zone, the Jets featured both of their quarterbacks. Tim Tebow handed off and then ran for four yards on his first carry of the new season. One of Tebow’s plays came after a longish completion to Kerley, which played right into the hands of those who think Tebow will interrupt the flow of the “regular” offense when Sanchez wildly overthrew his receiver on the next play. Of course, Sanchez did that without any other quarterback option on the team so you might not want to read that much into it.
Kerley’s touchdown came on the second possession of the game for the Jets. The first ended when Sanchez threw an ill-advised shovel pass toward tight end Jeff Cumberland while scrambling out of the pocket. Cumberland wasn’t ready and the ball bounced into the waiting hands of Bills safety Bryan Scott. Darrelle Revis picked off Ryan Fitzpatrick on the first Bills drive of the game to get the Jets back in business.
UPDATE 1:33 p.m. ET: Fitzpatrick got picked again on the second Buffalo drive. Cornerback Kyle Wilson did the honors this time.