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Clemens, Sanchez will work with first team in opener

Dust off those Erik Ainge jerseys.

Rex Ryan Tuesday unveiled the plan for Kellen Clemens and Mark Sanchez's playing time in Friday's preseason-opener against the Rams at Giants Stadium. Although Clemens will start, both he and Sanchez will get work with the first team. Ryan said they haven't totally figured out a set number of snaps each will take.

What has been determined: Sanchez won't be playing into the third quarter - "That's not happening," Ryan said - and Ainge is going to take a majority of the snaps. The other rookie quarterback, Chris Pizzotti, should play, as well.

Sanchez has been relishing his opportunities with the first-string offense. "It is difficult when you go in with the ones and then you come back to the twos and then you are back with the ones," said Sanchez, who's father, Nick, attended the morning practice. "You have to be smart and adjust to the tempo of each group, try to bring up the tempo of the second group and then catch up to the tempo of the first group . . . It just goes back to studying at night and being smart with the ball and showing them that you are ready to take the reins."

Clemens has picked things up the last two days, displaying the type of command expected for someone in the system longer than any other quarterback. "This is my fourth year in the system, so things are coming really quickly," Clemens said.

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