FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Mark Sanchez dropped back into the pocket, surveying the chaotic scene in front of him.
The Jets' third-year quarterback looked around at his tight end and his trio of wide receivers, quickly scanning to see who was open. Without hesitation, Sanchez looked at his slot receiver darting underneath, firing a strike to one of the new guys for a completion.
Derrick Mason, practicing for the first time with his new team, snared the pass with relative ease, showing there wasn't any need for much of an adjustment period on this day for Sanchez, Mason and the Jets' other two core wideouts -- Santonio Holmes and Plaxico Burress.
With three new wide receivers, including Mason and Burress, one might think Sanchez is concerned that it will take a while to get in sync with everyone. But he's not about to co-sign on that theory.
"I don't think so," Sanchez said Monday. "That's what I'm stressing every day. In individual periods, that's what we'll work. When the team is doing special teams and it's just me and Tone and Plax and D. Mason, that's what we'll be working on, getting familiar with each other.
"But these guys have played a lot of ball and they picked up our system very quickly. So I think the most important thing for me is to get comfortable with their route-running, understand what they're thinking, talking things out and then go play it out in the preseason and see how we do."
This veteran trio represents the third different collection of receivers Sanchez has had in his short pro career.
Then, during the offseason heading into his second year, the Jets acquired Holmes, pairing him with Edwards and Cotchery.
Now they've shaken things up again, signing Burress and Mason after granting Cotchery's request to be released.
Sanchez, however, is keeping things in perspective.
"I think the most important thing for me to remember is one, it's my third year," he said. "Two, Tone is going to be my guy for five years. Dustin Keller is going to be my guy for the long haul. Jeremy Kerley, those are going to be my guys. And those other veteran players are here for the short term to help us win immediately, but that's the kind of relationship that I need to develop with Tone and we're already under way, so it's a good situation for all of us.''
Offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer didn't sound the least bit worried about the musical chairs at receiver fazing his young quarterback.
"We're getting pros," he said. "We're getting guys that have played. Mark's going into Year 3 and is taking on more responsibility, but there's no pressure. They're all pros, they're all working, and we've got plenty of time to get it all put in place."
Said Mason: "I think the key thing to this passing game is Plax and I being able to get on the same page as Mark quickly. Obviously, Tone was with him last year, Keller was with him last year. Now Plax and I, as well as Kerley and the other guys have got to get on the same page with Mark. And I think if we do that -- when we do that, it's not if; when we do that -- I think we'll be very dangerous."