Mark Sanchez says he expects to secure the job as the Jets starting quarterback.
“When it’s a straight-up competition for the job, let’s roll,” he recently told ESPNNewYork.com. “It really doesn’t affect my confidence or anything like that. We’re competing for something. All right, I’m going to win. That’s just how I am.”
The Jets’ coaches are publicly calling it an even competition between Sanchez and rookie Geno Smith. But many believe Sanchez performed better in the spring mini-camp, and Smith will have to catch up during training camp and the preseason.
Sanchez will host an annual players-only prelude called “Jets West” near his home in Southern California on Thursday. During the sessions he leads film-study and on-the-field workouts for skill position players to prepare for camp. It is still unclear if Smith will attend. Tim Tebow attended the workouts last year, despite rumors of competition for the starting job.
Sanchez is coming off his worst statistical year since his rookie season. He threw for only 13 touchdowns and turned the ball over 26 times. His 6-9 record as a starter was the worst of his career. He was benched last year twice in favor of backup Greg McElroy.