No, that is not a brace or a pad on Mark Sanchez's left knee.
The black that creeped out from below his green Jets shorts today during the morning portion of the Jets minicamp was merely the bottom of a padded compression short that Sanchez wore to practice here in Florham Park, N.J.
To prove himself -- and his knee's health -- to reporters in the Jets locker room after practice, the second-year signal caller lifted up his green Jets shorts. Fans need not worry. There is no pad there. The knee is on its own.
"I wore these (compression shorts) last week," Sanchez said. "It feels good. I don’t know it might be there (100 percent). Getting through this minicamp has been the goal. So once Wednesday comes... The question kind of caught me off guard there, I feel like I’m ready to go physically.
Sanchez says he's fully back from arthroscopic knee surgery in the offseason. No brace needed.
Up until Monday, Sanchez said he has been paying attention to every minute detail regarding his comeback in order to get that knee back to full health, and then progress further. Whether it be certain excercises tailored for his knee, seeking out his own defense for advice or getting in touch with quarterbacks around the league -- Sanchez is doing his offseason homework.
On Monday, the starting quarterback reitterated multiple times that he is aiming to focus on the "little things" in his second year at the helm of the Jets offense.
While injured, the "little things" for Sanchez entailed such workouts as doing lunges with light weights on top of ten more squats during a workout. The little things consisted of a couple more reaction drills in the pool -- one to warm up -- during his rehab. The little things consisted of stretching out for seemingly endless periods of time.
Monday morning, Sanchez's "little things" focused on details such as speaking with defensive end Jason Taylor and asking the former All-Pro if and how he is tipping off the defense at the line of scrimmage.
'Am I tipping off my snap-count?," Sanchez said he asked Taylor. "Is there anything I can do differentley?"
After minicamp concludes on Monday, Sanchez said that his preperation for the season will turn towards learning from others. Sanchez plans on returning to Southern California and speaking to fellow USC Trojan Carson Palmer and Super Bowl Champion Drew Brees about quarterbacking specifics for his second year in the NFL.
Three months before the season is slated to start, the details may be small. But after last seasons run to the AFC Championship game gave Sanchez an opportunity most rookie quarterbacks rarely experience, he says he realizes nothing is too important.
It all trickles down. And going off of last years AFC Championship game he knows each dominoe effects the rest. Even if it be ten extra squats in June.
"If we have a playoff game at home instead of on the road that can change things," Sanchez said. "We have got to work smarter."
"Those kind of drills can go on for forever," Sanchez said.