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Santonio Holmes Advocates For Mark Sanchez as New York Jets QB

Santonio Holmes, Mark Sanchez - New York Jets

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Woody Johnson, John Idzik and Rex Ryan all have said, there will be an open competition to determine who the New York Jets starting quarterback will be for the upcoming season. The open competition will be between Mark Sanchez, Matt Simms, David Garrard, and Geno Smith.

Jet wide receiver Santonio Holmes believes its already Sanchez. “Right now Sanchez,” Holmes said when asked to identify the starter during Wednesday’s Pro Football Talk on NBC Sports Network, “and that’s who we’re going with and we’re going to continue this road until time permits.” For Holmes to become a Sanchez advocator says a lot on how their relationship has developed. During the 2011 NFL season, you can say they were not the best of friends.

Holmes believing in Sanchez is one thing, but Sanchez believing in himself as the starting quarterback of the Jets is the real question. Holmes was asked if Sanchez believes he’s the starter, and he said the quarterback is focusing on “being Mark Sanchez, the team leader.”

How does one focus on being the team leader? Sounds like Sanchez is taking legendary coach John Wooden‘s advice to heart when he used to tell his players ‘never cease trying to be the best you can become.’

With Holmes being the only receiver on the roster who Sanchez has had prior success with, it’s good that they both have put their differences aside. They need to try to make the best of this situation with the team and themselves.

How long do you think their new found appreciation for one another will last?

Alfred Epps is a New York Jets writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @mralfredepps, or add him to your network on Google