FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) - A person familiar with the decision says rookie Mark Sanchez has been named the New York Jets' starting
Sanchez, the fifth overall draft pick out of Southern California, beat out veteran Kellen Clemens with a solid training camp and will be under center for the Jets' season opener at Houston on Sept. 13. The person requested anonymity Wednesday because they were not authorized to discuss the decision.
Sanchez struggled early in his start at Baltimore on Monday night, but threw a touchdown pass to Leon Washington to cap his final series.
The Jets traded up in the draft to select Sanchez, who was signed to a five-year deal that could be worth up to $60 million, including $28 million guaranteed.
FoxSports first reported the decision earlier Wednesday.