A few thoughts on Sanchez, Clemens, etc.

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

Some observations from the New York Jets latest preseason game, a 24-23 road loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Monday night ...

Mark Sanchez's total performance was uninspiring.

Sanchez's first pass was picked off by defensive tackle Haloti Ngata and returned for a touchdown. The rookie's second pass should have been, too. Sanchez threw directly to Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, who dropped it with a clear path to the end zone before him.

Sanchez was 3-of-8 for 43 yards. His last pass was a precise 19-yard dart to running back Leon Washington for a touchdown. The 11-play, 64-yard drive came against a mishmash of first- and second-team defenders. Lewis and Ed Reed weren't on the field. Terrell Suggs didn't dress.

ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski lauded Sanchez for battling back, but I didn't think the finish was wonderful enough to erase the bad start and general shakiness throughout his five series.

Kellen Clemens blew his opportunity to reignite the quarterback battle.

He also had an interception returned for a touchdown. Clemens tried to squeeze an ill-advised pass to Brad Smith on second-and-9 from his own 12. Ravens linebacker Jameel McClain snagged and strolled.

Similar to Sanchez, Clemens bounced back with a sweet 28-yard throw to David Clowney for a touchdown early in the third quarter. But Clemens can't afford to draw with Sanchez in games.

Clemens has had his share of opportunities to seize the job -- against Chad Pennington in 2007, over the 2008 offseason and again this summer. It's not happening.

Two thoughts when watching the Jets' first-team defense: 1) It looks like New York can be really special; 2) Those Calvin Pace and Shaun Ellis suspensions are going to sting.

Did Vernon Gholston play? The official game packet says he did, but I don't remember him out there.

If you're a Jets fan, then you have to love the way Washington and Thomas Jones ran. The offensive line created some great holes, but the running backs hit them hard. Washington ripped off runs of 15, 10 and 9 yards. Jones had a 10-yard carry.

No. 2 receiver isn't materializing. The Jets threw 32 passes, but nobody had more than two catches. Over both preseason games, Clowney has stood out with five catches for 135 yards and two touchdowns. Chansi Stuckey has two receptions for 12 yards so far.

Rex Ryan might want to think about bringing in another punter. Reggie Hodges landed a pair inside the 20, but one was a 31-yarder to the Ravens' 14. He also had a 36-yarder to the Ravens' 26. Hodges averaged 36.3 yards on three punts. Recently signed Ken Parrish averaged 39 yards on two punts.