Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez, who underwent surgery in February to repair the patella tendon in his left knee, said Wednesday there is a chance he might be ready to participate in the team's June 14-16 minicamp.
"I didn't want to say anything in February, because who knows what could have happened? But that's absolutely my goal and I've been working hard every day to do that. With our training staff, I think I have the best shot to be able to do it."
Sanchez last week began running on a treadmill, and said Wednesday he is now jogging on the field at the team's training facility. He also said he is beginning to throw passes.
Jets coach Rex Ryan indicated last week that there was an outside chance that Sanchez would be able to participate in the June minicamp. The Jets begin their organized team activities (OTAs) on Monday.
"I'll definitely be ready for training camp," Sanchez said. The Jets begin their training camp on Aug. 1 at Cortland University.
Mangold wants deal
Pro Bowl center Nick Mangold said Wednesday he is getting "antsy" over the lack of progress on a new contract. He is entering the fifth and final year of his rookie contract. "It's a matter of security," Mangold said. "I don't want to go into the last year of my contract, have something bad happen as far as an injury, and then have it affect me down the road.
"I'd like to get something done, certainly before the season starts. It weighs on you."
The Jets are in the final stages of agreeing to a free-agent contract with center Robby Felix, who suffered a stroke during his final season at the University of Texas-El Paso in 2008 but has since recovered. Felix signed a free-agent deal with Baltimore last year but was released in training camp.