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Rex Ryan keeping an 'open mind' on Mark Sanchez

Jets owner Woody Johnson, left, talks with head

Jets owner Woody Johnson, left, talks with head coach Rex Ryan, center, and general manager John Idzik, right, during training camp. (Aug. 6, 2013) Credit: Hans Pennink

CORTLAND – Rex Ryan has seen it all from Mark Sanchez – dramatic highs and devastating lows that, collectively, have resulted in one maddening NFL career.

But in spite of all their shared history, Ryan insisted Wednesday that he will judge Sanchez strictly on what he does here in training camp.

“I think you’re in a different system,” the Jets coach said. “We’ll see how he is in this system, how things work out in this system. I am in there with an open mind.

“Sure, I know what’s happened in the past. But if you really are focused on the past, am I supposed to go back one season? Or how far am I supposed to go back? To me I’d rather focus on the present and what’s in front of us to do evaluating."

Ryan tabbed Sanchez as the starter for Friday's preseason opener in Detroit over rookie Geno Smith, who also has impressed in training camp.  

“I know all about the turnovers,” Ryan said, referring to Sanchez's league-high 52 turnovers over the past two seasons. “I know the goods and the bads. So there’s been great moments there have been bad moments. We’ll start right now, somebody’s got to take the first snap. To me, it is going to be a fair and open competition. But we’re not going to put both quarterbacks out there, and really Mark has had a good camp -- as has Geno.”  

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