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Trust in Mark Sanchez

Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez stretches during practice in

Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez stretches during practice in preparation for the team's playoff game against the Colts. (Jan. 4, 2011) Credit: Joe Epstein

The Jets aren’t looking to get into a shootout with Peyton Manning, but if it comes to it, so be it.

Quarterback Mark Sanchez is no longer a timid, uncertain rookie. Gone are the league-leading 20 interceptions from a year ago and the questions about whether head coach Rex Ryan was right to start a fresh-faced kid from Southern California, who had just one year of college experience under his belt.

Saturday will be Sanchez’ toughest challenge yet, but his teammates have faith that he can keep up with Indianapolis QB Peyton Manning.

“Many have tried and failed [against Manning],” cornerback Darrelle Revis admitted Thursday. “But I feel very confident in this offense. I’ve always been. During the offseason you try to build your team for the next year. We needed to get more weapons around Mark and we did. We can put up points at will. We can get the points because we got the players.”

Right tackle Damien Woody said Sanchez was “growing into the position” last year.

“Now it’s a whole different set of circumstances,” said Woody. “Now he’s had a taste of the postseason, knows what to expect, and it’s not going to be too big for him. Now he can just play loose, enjoy the game and enjoy the stage he’s on."


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