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Mangold: Jets want Sanchez to start

Kidsday interview: Nick Mangold

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.

“I haven’t walked around with a pen and...

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Idzik defends decision to sign Goodson, Garrard

Jets head coach Rex Ryan, left, speaks with

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One lasted just a few months on the roster, while the other is in the midst of legal troubles.

But nevertheless, Jets general manager John Idzik maintained the organization did its due diligence before signing both David Garrard and Mike Goodson. Even it doesn’t appear that way from the outside.

“From the inside, we have a lot more information and we continue to gather that information....

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Jets appear on the verge of signing Winslow, Jr.

Kellen Winslow listens to a question after Jets

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Kellen Winslow, Jr. had just three days to prove he’s still got it.

And it seems he has.

Though the free-agent tight end said after Thursday’s final mandatory minicamp practice that he still hadn’t been told whether the Jets planned to sign him after completing his three-day tryout, Rex Ryan seemed to hint a deal was imminent.

“Well, again, I’m not going to discuss that now,” the...

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Guard spots still up for grabs

Jets head coach Rex Ryan talks to offensive

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Guards Willie Colon and Stephen Peterman have a combined 17 years of experience between them. Brian Winters has none.

But the Jets' rookie offensive lineman doesn’t see that as a disadvantage.

“I don’t look at it like that,” Winters said. “I look at it as a learning period and I’m not really worried about that.”

Winters, a third-round pick in April, has shifted from tackle, the...

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Geno Smith will attend Jets West if he's invited

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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...

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Virginia ties bind Ferguson, Aboushi

Jets tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson walks off the field

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Oday Aboushi chose Virginia, in part, because of D’Brickashaw Ferguson.

And now, the Jets rookie offensive tackle finds himself just steps away from one of his idols on the Florham Park practice field.

“Brick’s one of the reasons why I went to Virginia,” the Staten Island-born Aboushi said of Ferguson, a three-time Pro Bowler. “They churn out great offensive tackles. I look up to Brick....

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Manziel not convinced QB position 'suits' Tebow

JOHNNY MANZIEL Quarterback, sophomore, Texas A&M There are

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Johnny Manziel is only 20 years old, but he’s already convinced he’s a better quarterback than Tim Tebow.

“I would hope that I’m a better passer than Tim Tebow,” the recent Heisman Trophy winner said during an appearance on ESPN’s First Take. “Hopefully, I wouldn't have to go into an offseason and work on my mechanics because, as a freshman and as a redshirt freshman, I tried to work on that...

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Hill still going through growing pains

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Santonio Holmes simply shook his head when asked to summarize Stephen Hill’s progress to this point.

“Stephen, Stephen, Stephen,” the Jets receiver said with a smile. “Coming from Georgia Tech it was very difficult for him as a player to learn how to run routes, to be a 6’3-6’4 receiver playing on an option team, to being a complete wide receiver. It takes a lot of progress.

“And those...

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Geno, Sanchez won’t say whether rookie QB will attend Jets West

Mark Sanchez and Geno Smith participate in team

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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.”

When a reporter followed up and asked why he wouldn’t/couldn’t...

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Coach David Lee dissects Jets QB situation

Florham Park, NJ - May 22, 2013: New

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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...

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