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New York Jets news, commentary and insider info from beat writer Kimberley A. Martin.
CORTLAND -- A small smattering of fans at SUNY Cortland witnessed the first day of the 2013 Jets, cheering every acrobatic catch and applauding the hustle of their team.
The stands were practically empty Friday – a stark contrast to the circus-like atmosphere that enveloped upstate New York a year ago thanks to Tebowmania. But that’s how the Jets, and particular Mark Sanchez, like it.
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Quarterback controversy on the Jets? Not as far as Nick Mangold is concerned.
The Jets’ veteran center said at a promotional appearance yesterday in New York that Mark Sanchez is the clear favorite in the Jets’ locker room to win the job. Sanchez is battling rookie Geno Smith in what the Jets have termed an “open competition” for the No. 1 spot.
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Geno Smith clarified his stance Thursday on Mark Sanchez’s annual Jets West retreat and said he’s more than willing to head to California to work out with his new teammates – provided he gets an invitation.
“Someone asked me about Jets West yesterday and myself and Mark had never discussed that and it kind of caught me off guard because it’s not on my schedule or anything,” said the rookie...Read more »
If the ever-popular Tim Tebow received an invite to Jets West, it’s safe to assume Geno Smith’s invitation should be arriving any second now. Right?
When asked on Wednesday whether he’ll head out to California to join Mark Sanchez and the rest of the skill players in their annual offseason retreat, Smith replied: “No comment.”
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David Lee prides himself on being brutally honest.
His Southern-sounding twang helps to take the sting off of his sharp critiques, but both Mark Sanchez and Geno Smith know what’s expected of them.
Lee, the Jets new quarterbacks coach, is anxiously awaiting the very moment one signal-caller separates himself. But after speaking to Lee for almost 10 minutes Wednesday, neither QB seems...Read more »
Rex Ryan readily admits Geno Smith didn’t have much success as a mobile quarterback at West Virginia. But the Jets coach can still envision his second-round pick being used like Colin Kaepernick on the football field.
Ryan said Wednesday that if incumbent Mark Sanchez is named the starter, there’s "a possibility" the Jets could employ a read-option package for Smith.
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Geno Smith received a reprieve when the interception he threw on his first pass attempt during team drills was nullified by an offside penalty on the defense. But on the next play, Muhammad Wilkerson was waiting for him.
The Jets quarterback rolled out after the snap and aired the ball to his left, but Wilkerson’s big hands batted the ball away from its intended target.
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Mark Sanchez says he’s no stranger to competition.
So while the arrival of Geno Smith has generated serious buzz since the April draft, Sanchez remains resolute that he’ll reclaim his starting job in training camp.
“I think Geno’s doing a great job,” the incumbent QB said of his competition. “I think he’s working hard, he’s studying and really doing his best.
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After taking the final rep of an abysmal two-minute drill period, Mark Sanchez headed toward the sideline for a sip of water. Then, he walked over to new wide receiver Vidal Hazelton.
For several minutes, Sanchez motioned with his hands as he and Hazelton, a Staten Island native, went over various play-calls and routes. Following a bunch of miscues on the practice field, both quarterback and...Read more »
Don’t expect the Jets to name their new QB any time soon, said Rex Ryan.
Despite speculation that he could choose Mark Sanchez or Geno Smith as his starter within the next week or so, Ryan said: “I don’t think we’re close to that right now.”
“Obviously, you don’t have to make that move, but until we feel 100 percent comfortable with that decision, then we’ll just leave it to competition.”
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