Mark Sanchez throws three INTs in practice

Earlier today we wrote about Hall of Famer Joe Namath’s comments on expecting big things from New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez this season. On cue, Sanchez goes out and has an awful practice during Wednesday’s organized team activities open to the media.

Sanchez threw three interceptions during team drills Wednesday. Cornerback Antonio Cromartie and safety Jaiquawn Jarrett each had one. Sanchez also threw a pick on a screen pass to nose tackle Damon Harrison, according to ESPNNewYork.com's Rich Cimini.

Now, Jets fans can take this news one of two ways.

Optimistically, you can shrug your shoulders and say it’s just May. Sanchez had a bad day with players running around in shorts. There is nothing to see here.

Or, pessimistically, if Sanchez can’t thrive in a May practice in shorts, how can he have a good season for the Jets in the fall? Franchise quarterbacks usually don’t throw three interceptions in one practice, especially without pads or real pressure.

For the record, Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith also struggled in team drills. He was 3-of-10 passing with one interception to linebacker Garrett McIntyre, Cimini reports.

Quarterbacks will be evaluated constantly in New York until the starting job is sorted out. It’s early, but the Jets’ quarterbacks have a long way to go.