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Sanchez, new look 'O' taking shape

Plaxico Burress #17 of the New York Jets

Plaxico Burress #17 of the New York Jets talks with Mark Sanchez #6 and Santonio Holmes #10. (Aug. 7, 2011) Photo Credit: Getty Images

Mark Sanchez believes he can see the potential for this offense starting to form. Unfortunately he has yet to see it all take place on the field.

The newest wideout addition, 37-year-old Derrick Mason, warmed up this morning and is expected to practice with the Jets this afternoon. Plaxico Burress could also practice fully for the first time since injuring his ankle last week. 

That should give Sanchez a better idea about the receiving corps he is already giddy about.

“The talent we have is unbelievable,” Sanchez said.

Starting wide receivers in their late-30s are a rare commodity in the NFL. But Mason, who had four seasons with more than 1,000-plus receiving yards in six years with Baltimore, hasn’t appeared to lose much of a step. As a slot receiver for the Ravens last season, he caught 61 passes for 802 yards — some of his lowest totals since 2001, sure, but those would do fine as a third-options for the Jets.

“In this situation, we couldn’t have gotten a better player,” Sanchez said. “He can really help our young guys come along. It provides us a good third weapon.”

Mason also caught seven touchdown passes, giving him 66 for his career, tied for the eighth most among active players.

Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer said all three receivers — Mason, Burress, and Santonio Holmes — have been working at all three spots this camp. That versatility could pay dividends down the road.

Meanwhile, Sanchez is just eager to finally get the key in the ignition and take the complete offense for a test drive. He joked that it has been a bit unfair going up against an “All-Star team” on defense with an unfinished offense so far in camp.

“We get out here, and it looks like we’re playing against the ’85 Bears,” Sanchez said. “It looks like they’ve practiced every day during this lockout. I’m fighting that everyday.”


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