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Panthers' Smith rips Sanchez

Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith recently ripped Mark

Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith recently ripped Mark Sanchez on a radio show. Credit: Getty Images

**Updated @ 4:31p**

Mark Sanchez spent a good chunk of 2012 getting booed by the home crowd. Now, he's getting dissed by people who aren't even on his team.

While guest co-hosting for a Charlotte radio station on Wednesday, Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith ripped the beleaguered Jets QB, saying: "He sucks. I wouldn't let Mark Sanchez throw me a paper-bag sandwich."

Sanchez, however, took the high road when asked for a response Thursday. 

"I have no idea, you'd have to ask him that,” he said. “I wish him and his team a healthy and successful season.”

Sanchez -- who helped lead the Jets to back-to-back AFC title appearances in 2009 and 2010 -- will have to compete for the starting job as a fifth-year QB. But his road to the starting lineup just got a little easier now that David Garrard is out of the equation. That leaves rookie Geno Smith (along with Greg McElroy and UDFA Matt Simms) as Sanchez's main competition.

While Sanchez carries a hefty $8.25-million price tag this season, Garrard's impending retirement gives the former USC QB security because it's unclear whether Smith can digest, and effectively run, Marty Mornhinweg's offense.

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Just for the heck of it, here’s a statistical breakdown of Steve Smith’s QB, Cam Newton, vs. Mark Sanchez:

Newton
2011:
(16 gms) 60% completion percentage (310-of-517); 4,051 passing yards; 21 TDs; 17 INTs; 84.5 QB rating {Offensive Rookie Year of Year}

Panthers record: 6-10.

2012: (16 gms) 57.7 % completion percentage (280-of-485); 3,869 passing yards; 19 TDs; 12 INTs; 86.2 QB rating

Panthers record: 7-9

Sanchez
2009: (15 gms) 53.8 completion percentage (196-of-364); 2,444 passing yards; 12 TDs; 20 INTs; 63 QB rating.

Jets record: 9-7 {AFC Championship Game}

2010: (16 gms) 54.8 completion percentage (278-of-507); 3,291 passing yards; 17 TDs; 13 INTs; 75.3 QB rating

Jets record: 11-5 {AFC Championship Game}

2011: (16 gms) 56.7 completion percentage (308-of-543); 3,474 passing yards; 26 TDs; 18 INTs; 78.2 QB rating

Jets record: 8-8

2012: (15 gms) 54.3 completion percentage (246-of-453); 2,883 passing yards; 13 TDs; 18 INTs; 66.9 QB rating.

Jets record: 6-10 

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