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Mark Sanchez to Start Against Baltimore

Mark Sanchez will be the starting quarterback against the Ravens next Monday in the Jets' second preseason contest.

Quarterback Mark Sanchez will get the start on Monday night against the Baltimore Ravens in a nationally-televised preseason game in Baltimore, the club announced this morning. It'll be a tough test for the rookie going up against one of the NFL's toughest defenses.

The move didn't come as a surprise and Sanchez could nail down the starting job with a strong performance. The club is tying to pass the decision off as it simply being Sanchez's turn to start in his competition with veteran Kellen Clemens but the former USC star has been playing lights-out and appears close to earning the starting job.

This news is probably not as big as we'll make it out to be. The Jets have always maintained the race is open, and Rex said he wants to name his starter by the third preseason game. Clemens got one start. Now Sanchez gets one start. Based on what I've heard, I don't really see there being a path to the starting job for Kellen at this point. Even if he plays like he did on his last trip to Baltimore (the furious Week 2 rally of 2007), it's probably too late for him. He needed to outplay Sanchez substantially to keep the franchise player off the field, and it sounds like Mark's played consistently better through camp.