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New York Jets: Geno Smth, Mark Sanchez Quarterback Battle Already Heating up

Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

It is time for NFL position battles to get underway. One high-profile competition will definitely obtain a lot of attention. The New York Jets must decide who starts at quarterback this season. Incumbent Mark Sanchez has struggled mightily as of late and has fallen out of favor. Rookie second-round pick Geno Smith possesses many physical gifts.

While New York tries to put on a façade that these two are friendly, tensions have risen. When Smith rebuked an invitation to attend his counterpart’s annual “Jets West” camp, it was a sign of their true thought process. Things became more interesting when receivers Stephen Hill and Vidal Hazelton then traveled to Florida to workout with their other signal caller. Confidence from both quarterbacks has been on display in recent weeks.

Despite his on-field issues, Sanchez suddenly holds tremendous self belief. This embattled signal caller told the New York Post there is “no doubt” that he will start. Smith responded in an interview with West Virginia’s Charleston Gazette that he has a “great shot to unseat Sanchez.” The last two years caused concern of major regression. Therefore, New York seemingly pulled the plug on this era. Financial constraints, though, realistically prohibited these two sides from parting ways.

When Smith was drafted 39th overall, many predicted that the starting job would automatically be handed over. He responded by saying that Sanchez can be overtaken. Both players split first-team reps in minicamp. As a result, New York has clearly shown that Greg McElroy and Matt Simms are not serious candidates. Considering the constant media presence in the Big Apple, each development will gain attention. One report from NESN stated that Sanchez is in the lead for the starting job. Chances are this perception changes multiple times before regular season action begins. Fans should expect a spirited competition to take place during the coming months.