New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez is in the thick of a quarterback competition with many of his teammates, including the team’s 2013 second-round pick Geno Smith. While most quarterbacks would be upset with their team drafting their potential replacement, Sanchez is viewing this as an opportunity to show that he has grown as an NFL signal-caller and that he is ready to lead the team this season.
Sanchez has said that the competition has been a lot of fun, and that it is helping him as a player.
“I’m having a great time,” Sanchez said. “I’m in an awesome situation. I’m the luckiest guy in the world. That’s how I always feel. I just have a positive attitude. I’m trying to bring those guys along, get guys working hard, study my butt off and prepare each day.
“Whether it’s a competition or whatever you call it, I’m going to be ready. I’m going to give it my best, feel good about it and move on. Anything on the outside, I just can’t help. We talked about it last week, whether it’s criticism about this or that, or what you’re wearing or who you’re seeing, who cares? Honestly, who cares?”
Sanchez has pointed to his experiences throughout his entire career that have required him to compete, and he has risen to the occasion every time.
“I’ve competed my whole life, whether it was in high school or college, beating out other quarterbacks my first year here playing with Kellen, that’s all I’ve known. So this is nothing new. It’s nothing big or scary. I’m just being myself and doing my very best and that will be good enough,” Sanchez said.
When it is all said and done, despite what some of the mainstream media may want you to believe, it looks like the job is Sanchez’s to lose and the competition could be the exact wake up call that he needed to rejuvenate his career.
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