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CORTLAND, N.Y. -- Rex Ryan and the New York Jets are willing to wait a while on picking Mark Sanchez or Geno Smith as the starting quarterback. Not just for the regular season, but for the teams next preseason game Saturday night. "I think its too early to say," Ryan said Tuesday when asked if either is ahead right now. "And just to say, this guy is leading or whatever, again the competition is not complete. I think well go through the competition and Im confident the right decision will be made." As for this weekends home game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, both Ryan and offensive co-ordinator Marty Mornhinweg said there are "variables" involved, including Smiths recovery from a mild ankle sprain. Smith was injured in the teams preseason opener at Detroit last Friday night, but has not missed any practice time. Smith was able to move around the field with only occasional signs of a limp Tuesday. "I appreciate him pushing through that thing," Mornhinweg said. "Now, when youre nicked up, youve got to play well, as well. Otherwise, you might as well be in the doggone training room. And, hes done some good things this week even though hes gimping around just a little bit." Sanchez got the start in the opener, and it was generally expected that Smith would open the game against Jacksonville under centre so the Jets could get a good look at him. Thats not necessarily a given at this point, though, as Sanchez has gotten most of the first-team snaps this week. "There are a lot of variables in that," Mornhinweg said. "Some are depending on health, and some are depending on how they practice and some are depending on the big-picture plan tentatively set up before we started camp." Mornhinwegs comments echoed those of Ryan, who also earlier in the day insisted no decision had been made, and that Smiths health would be considered. The Jets also had two more full days of practice in Cortland before the game, so there was plenty of time to make a call. "Is it a factor? Certainly its a factor," Ryan said of Smiths ankle. "Is it the primary one? I dont know. A lot of factors go into it. Lets get to where we feel good about the decision and its a complete decision." Sanchez is not the most popular player in the eyes of many fans, who have grown impatient with his inconsistent play. Ryan insisted, however, that the potential for boos at home Saturday will "absolutely not" play a factor in the decision. "I certainly hope that we can move past it and we can focus on whats in front of us and give not just Mark, but all of us a fair shake," he said. "This is your football team, but you certainly have a right to do whatever you choose. If you want to boo whoever it is, our fans certainly have that right. To me, yeah, I absolutely hope that doesnt happen. "I hope that everybody is behind us 100 per cent." With the Jets undecided on this weeks starter, it makes sense that the team also is no closer to determining who will be under centre in Week 1 of the regular season against Tampa Bay on Sept. 8. During most quarterback competitions around the NFL, teams will make a decision heading into the third preseason game as most of the starters play into at least the third quarter. But, Ryan indicated theres a chance the Jets could still be waiting to make the call going into that game against the Giants. "We never put a timetable on it," he said. "Thats usually it, but its not set in stone that thats an absolute must, that that has to happen. We may still be in the evaluating stage for all the positions." When the Jets reported for camp in Cortland nearly three weeks ago, Ryan suggested it would be better to have one of the quarterbacks take the lead in the competition "sooner rather than later." There has been no clear-cut choice so far, through one preseason game, and Sanchez and Smith are still very much locked in a tight competition. Sanchez and Smith have both had their ups and downs throughout camp, but neither has been overly impressive. Sanchez started the preseason opener the same way he ended last season, making a maddening mistake as he threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown by Ziggy Ansah. "It cant happen again," Ryan said. "Theres no doubt." Sanchez bounced back in a big way and finished his three possessions with an impressive scoring drive that was capped by a touchdown pass to Jeff Cumberland. "Ive been proud of him on a couple of different occasions," Mornhinweg said of Sanchez, who had a rough start to the teams scrimmage two weeks ago but finished with a touchdown drive. Smith has also impressed the coaches at times, especially with his arm strength and quick rate of picking up the offence -- although he dipped a bit in recent practices. "I think hes certainly had his moments where hes looked great and not just the first week, but he looked good in the game," Ryan said. "He was 6-of-7 passing, so I dont know if thats it. Did he have a couple of rough days? Absolutely, but everybodys had some rough days." Mornhinweg also said he wasnt able to do much of an evaluation on Smith in the first game because he was focused on several aspects of the offence and not just the quarterback play. "He handled the huddle well, all those things," Mornhinweg said. "Probably looking back on it, it was probably a pretty good first experience. He got in, he completed a few balls and now hes got to push through this thing." Vadim Shipachyov Jersey . Coach Jorge Sampaoli resisted naming any major surprises in the list published Tuesday at the site of Chiles football association. Chile is pinning its hopes on the recovery of Vidal. 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Mikhail Grabovski Golden Knights Jersey . -- Jonas Hiller is cautiously confident he has kicked his vertigo.First base has always been a position for power hitters, the mashers who can provide home runs and RBI to anchor your fantasy team and the position will improve its depth with a couple of additions this season. The most notable is Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera, who moves across the infield now that Prince Fielder has moved on to Texas. No matter what position he plays, Cabrera is a top-tier hitter. Since 2007, he leads them majors with 261 home runs, 856 RBI and 706 runs scored, along with a .326 batting average. Leading all of baseball in those categories, with consistent production year after year, makes Cabrera the biggest difference-maker, even when compared with other sluggers at first base. Arizonas Paul Goldschmidt has quickly emerged as an elite option too, in part because he adds stolen bases to his impressive power numbers. Over the past two seasons, Goldschmidt has swiped 33 bases, most among first basemen, and is one of two (Edwin Encarnacion is the other) to record at least 50 homers and 200 RBI while scoring at least 180 runs. Unless your league has an on-base percentage as a category, there is a large gap between the value of Cincinnatis Joey Votto in real life (where hes MVP calibre) and in fantasy, where hes among the top handful at first base. Vottos tendency to walk limits his RBI upside, which is a factor in his fantasy appeal. When you move beyond the top handful of players, there are still plenty of appealing options. Baltimores Chris Davis has outrageous power. He also strikes out a lot, which slowed his arrival as an everyday player but, after 86 home runs and 368 strikeouts in the past two seasons, hes settled in with the Orioles. Two of the more interesting options at first base are long-time stars. Prince Fielder has had more than 100 RBI in six of the past seven seasons, but last years 25 home runs and .819 OPS were career-lows. Going to a hitter-friendly park in Texas does seem like a decent opportunity for Fielder to have a relative bounceback in his numbers. The other veteran, who has shown more decline, is Albert Pujols, who is coming off his worst season and is pretty much a wildcard for the first time in his career. If Pujols regains his form, even somewhat, then 30 home runs, 100 RBI and a .300 average is possible, particularly coming off a season in which his batting aaverage on balls in play was a career-low .dddddddddddd.258 (same as his average), but there is also the concern that a 34-year-old Pujols isnt going to ever have that legendary bat again. If youd rather avoid the risk of those veterans, Adrian Gonzalez is a steady enough performer and Freddie Freeman is a productive younger slugger who has driven in 203 runs over the past two seasons. Shifting to first base from catcher, Minnesotas Joe Mauer doesnt have the power of a typical top tier first baseman, but hes a career .323 hitter, so if he can stay in the lineup, Mauer will have an opportunity to make a difference in that way. Kansas Citys Eric Hosmer appeared to get back on the right track last season and San Franciscos Brandon Belt has continued to make progress. Both are young, with room to grow, so they offer worthwhile upside if you cant secure the best at the position. Upside comes further down the list too. Whether its White Sox rookie Jose Abreu, the Cuban slugger or across town with the Cubs Anthony Rizzo, who could be prime for big numbers with a little better luck (after a .258 BABIP in 2013). You probably wont have to pay premium prices for someone like Bostons Mike Napoli, even though hes hit at least 20 home runs in six straight seasons, and Oaklands Brandon Moss could be a nice source of mid-to-late round power after slugging 51 home runs in 711 at-bats over the past two seasons. St. Louis Matt Adams is a slugger on his way up and due for a full-time role this year after hitting 17 home runs in 296 at-bats last year. If you get desperate, maybe consider the Yankees Mark Teixeira, who may be ruined by a wrist injury, but has such a track record of putting up power numbers that hes worth a late-round look; certainly around the time that youre willing to venture down the road for Ryan Howard. Anyway, there are a lot of viable candidates to hold down first base for your team, but if your league incorporates corner infielders and DH spots, suddenly first base can thin out in short order, so dont wait too long. Take a good one relatively early, then worry about the upside/bounceback/sleeper options later. Scott Cullen can be reached at Scott.Cullen@bellmedia.ca and followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tsnscottcullen. For more, check out TSN Fantasy on Facebook. Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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