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Mark Sanchez: 'I plan on starting'

Quarterback Mark Sanchez looks to throw a pass

Quarterback Mark Sanchez looks to throw a pass during OTAs. (May 30, 2013) Credit: Mike Stobe

Mark Sanchez has not showcased much on the field during the Jets’ limited workouts these past few weeks, but if there’s one thing he’s showed off of it, it’s confidence.

"I plan on playing, I plan on starting," the fifth-year quarterback said Thursday. When asked if he'd be disappointed if he doesn't get the starting job. "...I don't plan on that happening."

Coming off a season in which he struggled mightily, Sanchez declared that this has been the best offseason of his career and he's as confident as ever heading into his fifth training camp. The QB said he's recognizing defensive schemes quicker than in previous years and -- while he hadn't noticed it -- offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said Sanchez is throwing the ball with more accuracy.

"I just feel comfortable. Accuracy-wise, I just feel great," he said. 

“Going back, looking at practices, just my completion percentages have been high. “Being able to check the ball down, indentify some of Rex’s pressures that in the past might have caused me some trouble — just having that experience against these guys helps. I’ve been working with [center Nick] Mangold to get some calls out and that’s been great.”

Although the Jets have reiterated there's a four-way competition in Florham Park, Sanchez hasn't hid the fact that he expects to get the starting nod. Ryan also has noticed a boost in Sanchez's confidence this offseason.

“I think he’s done a nice job this offseason,” Ryan said. “I think he’s in great shape and I feel that he’s got a confidence about him.”

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