Rookie Geno Smith has insisted he is ready to learn from Mark Sanchez while at the same time challenging him for the quarterback position for the New York Jets this season.
The second round draft pick will be battling it out with a quarterback who has led this Jets team for the best part of four seasons, but that’s not to say the youngster won’t have a great chance of establishing himself as the number one, with the NFL betting odds suggesting he may well be in contention to start.
If certain situations had been different, Sanchez would have left this offseason along with the recently released Tim Tebow. As it is, though, the 26-year old is now preparing for his fifth season with the Jets.
While Sanchez managed to keep his starting position last season despite Tebow’s high-profile arrival at the franchise the previous offseason, the quarterback’s form over the year would have seen him dropped by the majority of the other teams in the NFL.
Smith will be well aware that a strong showing in pre-season training camp could be enough to convince the Jets management that he is capable of doing a better job than Sanchez – reflected in the betting NFL markets. But the youngster has been quick to pour praise on Sanchez rather than make any bold statements, although it would be too much to call that praise ‘glowing’.
“He’s (Sanchez) a guy I’m going to be in competition with but at the same time I’m going to learn from. He’s a professional, he’s done it for several years. He’s carried himself well in my opinion.”
“Everything that he’s done, the ups and downs, the overall perception of him may be swayed depending on the games he’s played, but I think he’s a pretty good quarterback and I look forward to competing with him and being around him,” said Smith.