Mark Sanchez takes all the first-team reps at Jets minicamp

6/11/13 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Blog Photo - Mark Sanchez takes all the first-team reps at Jets minicampNew York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez became one of the NFL's laughing stocks during the 2012 season, but the fifth-year turnover machine is still the top signal caller on the Jets roster for the time being. Sanchez reportedly took all of the first-team reps during the first day of Jets minicamp, while rookie Geno Smith worked exclusively with the second team.

There was speculation that Sanchez would share first-team reps with Smith, who is expected by some to be the starting quarterback when the Jets kick off the season against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in September. However, it doesn't seem that the Jets will gift wrap the starting job and serve it to Smith on a silver platter.

One of the regrettable mistakes that the Jets made with Sanchez was that they never provided him with any serious competition. "The Sanchize" was the starter ever since being drafted fifth overall in 2009, and he never felt the pressure of any other quarterback who could potentially take his job, especially considering the Jets' questionable reluctance to give Tim Tebow significant snaps behind center in 2012.

My guess is that the Jets are simply trying to avoid repeating what they did with Sanchez. They're trying to humble Smith - who some say is a little full of himself - by running him with the second-team offense. In doing this, they will help Smith realize that he has yet to prove anything at the professional level, and he will have to work hard if he wants a chance to start. Sanchez still has a chance of beginning the season as the Jets' starting quarterback, but I don't believe that his practicing with the first-team today makes him any more likely to be the Week 1 starter than he was yesterday.

For what it's worth, Sanchez and Smith both put on mediocre showings at minicamp. Sanchez went 4-for-8 with "what should've been an easy interception," though it was dropped by defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson. Smith went 4-for-7 and took three sacks.
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