Geno Smith vs. Mark Sanchez: Without a doubt, this is the battle that will get the most attention in the AFC East, and is among the most compelling battles in all of the NFL. With a new offensive coordinator, new running backs and new offensive guards, the Jets are starting fresh all over the offense. Will they start fresh at quarterback, too?
The Jets could turn back to Mark Sanchez, choosing to give him one more chance after two tumultuous years full of turnovers — 52, to be exact. Sanchez has the second-worst passer rating of any quarterback in the NFL to start at least 20 games over the past two years.
They could also start over with Geno Smith, the second quarterback off the board in the 2013 draft. He thrived throwing short, rhythm passes at West Virginia, but he has much work to do in improving his drop-backs and will see much more complicated defenses in the NFL than anything he saw in the Big East/Big 12.
Right now, Sanchez is the front-runner for the job, but Smith could make a push during training camp, and his prospects of becoming the starter could get better if the Jets struggle early on in the season.